Supply Chain

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.

Quint Studer is CEO of the Studer Group, a health care consulting firm and recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Studer was the inaugural speaker at the Mark McKenna Lecture in Health Sector Supply Chain at W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University on May 4, 2011. Studer provided practical ideas to maximize individual and organizational potential.

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?

If you use a cell phone or buy household electronics, there's a good chance you own a device with one or more components distributed by Avnet. This global technology distributor's 404,000-square-foot warehouse in Chandler, Arizona ships more than 10,000 line items each day and is the flagship in a global logistics network of value-add distribution centers worldwide that ship more than 38 billion devices each year to more than 100,000 customers. Given the importance of computer systems to its business, Avnet is certainly intent on developing IT stars and polishing their skills for on-going excellence. We interviewed Schultz and other Avnet executives to see what traits and skills they consider must-haves for top-tier systems professionals.