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Online operations management case studies

businesscasestudies.com has free OM case studies on the following topics: Business organisation Continuous improvement Customer service Efficiency Health & safety Innovation Lean production Location of business Management of change Merger and acquisition New product development New technology Product development Production … Continue reading

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Coronavirus impact on supply chains

Given the the role that China has in the world economy, it is not surprising that the current coronavirus outbreak is impacting on supply chains around the world. This Barron’s article highlights the impact on the tech industry.  For instance, … Continue reading

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The smart supply chain

Most operators know that the smart supply chain has real potential, but it seems that few are fully exploiting this opportunity.   PA Consulting identify that: 69% “of global supply chain leaders say the maturity of their supply chain vision … Continue reading

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The SOCIO-technical side of supply chains

In our second edition we discuss socio-technical systems – the operational interaction of humans, machines, and their environment.  And in the context of i4.0 and digital transformation, it is all too easy to focus on the technology and forget the human … Continue reading

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Brexit disruption to supply chains has implications for cash flow

I’ve tended to steer away from Brexit as there is plenty of coverage elsewhere (although our second edition does have an end of chapter insight on this topic).  Be that as it may, whilst we have heard a lot on … Continue reading

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Goodbye cardboard boxes

Interesting press release from 3M headlined “Goodbye, Cardboard Boxes. Hello, Scotch Flex & Seal Shipping Roll!”.  The cardboard box was invented in 1856 and little has changed since then – except with the huge growth in online shopping its use … Continue reading

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A Five Fifty guide to speed

I blogged about McKinsey’s “Five Fifty” briefings on 16 May this year.  And I was pleased to see that have recently published one on speed – one of the order winners that we are always banging on about (although they … Continue reading

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Brexit? Not a clue as to what might happen next?

PWC’s Director of Regulation and Legal Issues has written an article that looks at all possible scenarios with regards this issue – “Brexit – Deal? No Deal? No Brexit?” (here).  My summary of it is as follows… anything could happen. … Continue reading

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The Bullwhip Effect

This five minute video tells you everything you need to know about this supply chain phenomenon.  Today, it is is less likely to happen due to digital transformation and just-in-time manufacturing…   Unless, of course, there is a major disruption … Continue reading

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How external factors affect procurement

All aspects of operations management can be affected by external factors, outside the control of the firm.  That is why we talk about these at the beginning of our book.  This Achilles article provides a specific example of this by … Continue reading

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