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APICS Research Reports

APICS SCC research publications provide insights into a variety of industry topics to keep you informed about issues and trends.

Big Data Research ReportBig Data
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Access research and insights on how you can leverage big data to improve performance. Professionals who use big data effectively seek to improve forecasting, planning, situational awareness, and information flow by creating a comprehensive understanding of complex perspectives.

Chronic Disruption ReportChronic Disruption 
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Supply chain chronic disruption is defined as low-to-moderate disruption that is persistent, is difficult to permanently eradicate and has root causes that are not always visible to all supply chain stakeholders. This report addresses chronic disruption’s definition, causes and solutions, along with an examination of supply chain professionals’ responses to this type of disruption.

2014 employment outlook report2014 Operations Management Employment Outlook
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Understanding supply chain and operations management employment trends is critical. Due to the bellwether nature of supply chain and operations management roles in the marketplace, it is important to review past and present hiring trends, as well as salary breakdowns by a number of factors including job role, region, gender, education, and professional certification. The Operations Management Outlook Report is conducted by APICS SCC in conjunction with the Cameron School of Business at University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

complexity theory report thumbnailComplexity Theory
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The Complexity Theory, Sentiment and Supply Chain Organizational Behavior Research Report sheds insight on the intersection of supply chains and complexity theory. The report discusses the human perspective and the individual and trading partner relationships that are sometimes not sufficiently visible in supply chain management.

project management reportProject Management 
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Enhance project management success at your organization by gaining an understanding of ways project management can help achieve strategic goals. The report includes steps to avoid project management pitfalls, best practices that will maximize the impact of project management, and ways to use project management to break down silos.

remanufacturing reportRemanufacturing 
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Recent research from APICS SCC reveals that remanufacturing, defined as the process of restoring used or worn products to like-new condition, is an area of growing opportunity for supply chain and operations management professionals.


Risk Management 

Supply Chain RiskSupply Chain Risk: Protect your Business with Risk Management
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Supply Chain Risk and Reward Report CoverSupply Chain Risk and Reward: Measuring Risk In Your Supply Chain
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 S&OP Performance S&OP Performance: Advancing Sales and Operations Planning

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Few organizations find S&OP an easy process. Usually it takes time and practice, often over many months or years, to create a continuous high-performance sales and operations planning (S&OP) practice. This report provides a roadmap to kick start your planning process.

Sales and Operations Planning ReportS&OP Insights and Innovations 

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Bring sales and operations planning (S&OP) best practices to your organization. Predicting the future generally is thought impossible; yet, S&OP users seek to do just that by strategically directing businesses to achieve competitive advantage

supply chain leadership reportSupply Chain Leadership
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The Supply Chain Leadership Report: Many Styles Generate Success examines critical success factors of a supply chain leader, including his or her attributes, leadership style and ability to formally and informally influence a multitude of stakeholders. Compiled from multiple sources, including surveys of APICS members, articles and external research, the purpose of this report is to convey a knowledge and skills blueprint for current and future supply chain leaders.

Supply Chain StrategySupply Chain Strategy
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Understand challenges and identify areas where supply chain teams can collaborate with senior management to maximize the effectiveness of supply chains. This report delves into critical supply chain functions that may not be effectively supporting supply chain strategy.

Supply Chain Sustainability ReportSupply Chain Sustainability
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Gain a competitive edge for your organization by maximizing the triple bottom line. Supply chain and operations management professionals are increasingly called on to reduce costs, demands on resources, and waste; while increasing the reuse of existing assets, and enabling lean operations. Employing sustainable practices is critical to meeting these business needs.