Supply Chain

In his position as head of the procurement supply chain at BP, Dave Connor is responsible for managing a worldwide supply chain that operates in an environment of high risk. Recently, Connor was on campus for graduation, where the latest class of BP managers would receive the W. P. Carey MBA with a special emphasis on supply chain management. KnowSCM sat in on a conversation between Connor and Professor Dan Brooks as the two discussed the development of the supply chain discipline, managing risk in a supplier network, and how best to prepare for a career in this challenging field.

Chairman John Fowler reviews some of the highlights of the department of supply chain management in his welcome message for the first 2012 issue of KnowSCM.

Eugene Schneller has been at the lead of research initiatives concerning the emergence of supply chain management in healthcare organizations. Recently Schneller talked with KnowWPCarey about the ways supply chain management can positively impact the revenue cycle and how healthcare reform is driving change. The Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium (HSRC-ASU) is a research group within the department of supply chain management at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Uncertainty is the enemy of the supply chain, and unfortunately that enemy is a constant companion of companies that maintain complex, extended, global supply chains. One factor in that uncertainty is the irregular nature of border-crossing delays, which W.P. Carey Supply Chain Management Professor Arnold Maltz is currently studying. Border-crossing delays are a reality for any company transporting products across a global supply chain, notes Maltz, who is researching ways to incorporate those delays into analytical inventory planning models.

The devastating earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan in March provided an important lesson for supply chain managers: we are often one disaster away from a major break in the way we conduct business. How well companies handle these supply chain disruptions is crucial in how quickly they can recover from them, says supply chain professor Thomas Choi. He looked at two competing theories to explain successful handling of supply chain disruptions: does it take a great person to rise to the occasion, or a great system to weather the storm?