THOUGHT LEADERSHIP & TECHNICAL NOTES

Ed frequently publishes materials as support to his courses and trainings, as well as to share his thinking on relevant actual topics related to Operations, Supply Chain Management, Sustainability or a combination of those.

Below, you can find some recent examples of these texts.


Juggling the 3 P’s: dealing with sustainability in the Supply Chain

Sustainability as a topic is entering into the Supply Chain world with great force. So, what does that mean for the concepts and frameworks we have been using so far to describe and operate our Supply Chains. In this article, you’ll find an overview of a number of these concepts and thoughts about how well they still hold in the context of sustainability. Spoiler alert: most OPS & SCM concepts seem to hold fairly well, but we definitely have a lot of work to do and still some important gaps to fill, as well as to think about what the Sustainable Supply Chain would actually look like and what the new decision logic may need to be… for example solving the issue of the ‘3P-business case’. In the article, we call this “Juggling the 3 P’s”. You can find the article here:

2022 – Juggling the 3Ps – dealing with Sustainability in the Supply Chain.pdf


OPS & SCM in service environments

In many foundational trainings about Operations and Supply Chain Management, the main emphasis is usually on organizations that supply, produce and distribute physical goods. Of course, also many organizations exist in which nothing physical is produced, typically called ‘Service Organizations’. In this technical note, some of the basic concepts and frameworks for describing and operating OPS & SCM for physical goods, are placed in the context of service organization. Many of these concepts and frameworks can be applied equally well to service organizations, but there are some important differences as well. You can find the technical note here:

2020 – OPS & SCM in service environments.pdf

OPS & SCM and the Business Model Canvas

Over the years since its appearance, the Business Model Canvas has become a useful addition to the standard strategic toolbox for businesses. In this technical note, you’ll find out in detail how the Business Model Canvas can be meaningfully applied to the specific context of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Fully respecting the original canvas, it also proposes some potential extensions to the framework, in order to specifically address relevant operational aspects. You can find the technical note here:

2020 – OPS & SCM and the Business Model Canvas.pdf

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