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Networking is a top predictor of career success, yet it is neglected by many businesspeople. Misunderstood and underappreciated, the value of networking isn’t always immediate with tangible results and therefore can be frustrating to busy professionals. Interestingly, there are several peer-reviewed studies on network science, which have shown that simply being in an open network is the best predictor of career success. In other words, the old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know” still rings true today.......Read More
I love the classroom dynamic. I look forward to one day being a mentor, confidante, and source of inspiration and guidance for my future students — just as many of my professors were to me. I plan to teach supply chain management with a focus on sustainability and ethics. As networks continue to grow enormously in complexity and scope, a business education centered on these three principles is the perfect contextual training tool to make students more global, fair-minded and creative business leaders.......Read More
Johnson Controls is a global technology and industrial company with 130,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries. The organization designs, manufactures and delivers energy-efficient building solutions; automotive and advanced batteries for stop-start, hybrid and electric vehicles; and automobile seating components and systems. Johnson Controls supports all major automakers, supplying 50 million cars every year.......Read More
Editor’s note: Sabine Simeon was the recipient of the 2017 APICS Award of Excellence — Supply Chain Leader, which recognized her extraordinary contributions to advancing the field of supply chain. To see the categories, get more information or enter, visit apics.org/awardsofexcellence.......Read More
As managers, we must maintain awareness of our personal motivation schemes and take care to not assume we understand the motivations of others. We often refer to change-management models to guide actions for our teams, but these can provide an incomplete understanding of the work required, as we often neglect the importance of individual motivation management. ......Read More
I received a call the other day from a colleague, who told me that he and his boss were trying to develop ways to educate their organization on the value of supply chain management. ......Read More
During a job hunt, it’s common to spend weeks or even months researching career opportunities, sending out resumes and going on interviews. When you finally receive a viable job offer, you then find yourself in the precarious spot of contract deliberations. How will you evaluate the offer and negotiate the best possible terms?......Read More
Samer Majdi Almadhoun was the recipient of the 2017 APICS Award of Excellence — Diversity and Inclusion Champion, which recognized his work promoting supply chain education and women in supply chain in the Middle East. The 2018 APICS Awards of Excellence will open in early spring.......Read More
The shortage of skilled workers, coupled with more people leaving the workforce through retirement, is creating an imbalance that is especially noticeable in supply chain management. One global study estimates that demand for supply chain professionals exceeds supply by six to one, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of jobs in logistics will grow by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020. If this deficit continues, the performance of supply chains will deteriorate — especially as they grow in geographical span and complexity.......Read More
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Over the course of my career, I spent nearly 50 years in supply chain management. Each time I started a job, I found it challenging to determine what my new company expected of me as a manager. In the 1960s, when there were no computers, manufacturing managers typically rejected the implementation of procedures and disciplines and valued only expediting. By the 1970s, managers had accepted computers, but only for simple accounting functions. Computers were not trusted, so expediting remained the primary objective.......Read More
As a young professional, I always value the opportunity to learn from more experienced supply chain managers. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Best, divisional vice president of supply chain operations, and Tiffany Thompson, supply chain strategy manager, at specialty outdoor retailer REI. Since finishing graduate school with an MBA in global supply chain management, I began working at REI part time and have enjoyed learning about the inner-workings of this unique company.......Read More
People often talk about motivation and engagement as if they are the same thing, but they really are not.......Read More
When I sat down to write my “Career Launch” department for APICS magazine’s annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) issue, I asked myself which CSR topics are most important for young supply chain professionals. As I brainstormed, I was reminded of a presentation I gave last year with retired U.S. Army Capt. Keith Garvin. He and I had been taking a class called “Sustainable Business Operations” as part of the masters in global supply chain management program at Golden Gate University. At the start of the course, our professor, Shinmei Kiyohara, CSCP, suggested that we dedicate the semester to answering the question, What is quality sustainable sourcing?......Read More
My career started in manufacturing operations with PSA Peugeot Citroën and then Ford Motor Company. While working for these automakers, I learned about continuous improvement.......Read More
I once consulted with a company in Australia that owned trains and wagons used in the mining industry. During my time there, an employee was transferred to the team with which I was working most closely. On the day of his reassignment, the CEO warned me that this person was overpaid and didn’t really do anything of value for the company: “We’ve given him lots of chances, and this is his last one. If he doesn’t start pulling his weight soon, just cut him loose. The organization leadership is prepared to fire him.”......Read More
For companies looking for ways to give back, a corporate fellowship program provides the opportunity to donate money, employee time and other resources to causes around the world. Here are a few tips from company leaders who manage these types of immersive programs at West Monroe Partners and Merck.......Read More
“On our first day at Bayalpata Hospital in Nepal, the hospital director looked at the three of us and said, ‘What are three senior pharmaceutical people doing here?’” recounts Bryan Baylis, former associate director of supply chain management at Merck. “We were thinking the same thing.”......Read More
Attending supply chain management conferences is potentially one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself as a young professional. You’ll learn about the current state of the field and related trends; develop and expand your professional network; acquire new skills; and discover innovative ideas, technologies and approaches. You may even get the opportunity to identify a great career opportunity. But to fully realize these benefits, you need a game plan. ......Read More
Syngenta is an agriculture company that aims to heighten global food security by helping farmers make better use of resources. Through innovative crop solutions, Syngenta’s 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work to transform how food is grown, rescue land from degradation, enhance biodiversity and revitalize rural communities.......Read More
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