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Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon

“Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon” is an industry-focused initiative with research and educational components conducted by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Department of Supply Chain Management, with involvement from MSU Executive Development Programs and the Broad College of Business. The study is being carried out over a two-year period, with initial results to be published in 2015. Support is provided by the APICS Supply Chain Council and the John H. McConnell Chair in Business Administration at MSU.

The study examines factors in three areas: 

  • An organization’s business model
  • An organization's management
  • The interrelationship between the business model and supply chain operations

The study will identify and examine the capabilities necessary for strategic supply chain success, thus redefining the future of global supply chain management.

Evolving Sustainability in Supply Chain Management

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Download the whitepaper Evolving Sustainability in Supply Chain Management

This whitepaper, the first from the Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon project, reviews the research findings on current supply chain sustainability practices as well as the methods for implementing improved sustainability practices.

Realizing Supply Chain Success

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Download the report, Realizing Supply Chain Success


This white paper presents initial research insights from the Beyond the Horizons project and introduces a conceptual model, named the bridge model, which can guide supply chain strategy development and decision making.

Supply Chain Issues: What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?

Supply Chain Issues: What’s Keeping Supply Chain Managers Awake at Night?

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This aspect of the Beyond the Horizon project investigates the current business practices of more than 50 firms through surveys and interviews with executives and studies what executives identify as critical issues they are “wrestling with.”

Creating Value through Procurement and Sourcing Efforts in Integrated Supply Chains

Creating Value through Procurement and Sourcing Efforts in Integrated Supply Chains

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This whitepaper which is part of the Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon project, identifies a number of opportunities to create greater value through integrated supply chains. These opportunities may require deeper consideration regarding the role and impact of suppliers, and how suppliers are positioned and managed by firms’ procurement and sourcing teams.

Managing the Complexity Paradigm

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Download report, Managing the Complexity Paradigm

This report, the final whitepaper of the Supply Chain Management: Beyond the Horizon project, addresses the challenge of complexity in supply chains. Managing the Complexity Paradigm discusses the balance between complexity that can increase cost but also has the potential to increase revenue.