Extremely complex, extremely dynamic, and extremely unpredictable: All of these describe today's supply chains. For those who must manage under these challenging and ever-changing conditions, the recently published book X-SCM: The New Science of X-treme Supply Chain Management, offers tools, in-depth analysis, and advice.
Edited by Sandor Boyson, Thomas Corsi, and Lisa H. Harrington of the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, X-SCM contains expert-contributed articles addressing how to manage supply chain risk and volatility. They cover such topics as network configuration, insourcing vs. outsourcing, multichannel demand and supply, and managing physical, virtual, financial, and services supply chains in times of volatility and high risk.
In addition to the written material, the book includes an online "tool kit" with a supply chain risk simulation, a real-time global supply chain simulation game, and analytic tools for assessing total logistics costs and emerging risks. It is the first supply chain book to make such tools available to readers.
The book, produced by the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Sterling Commerce, and CSCMP, will be available for purchase at CSCMP's Global Annual Conference in San Diego for US $59.95 for CSCMP members and US $69.95 for nonmembers.
While CSCMP's Annual Global Conference may primarily focus on offering attendees new learning opportunities, it also provides a chance to recognize those who have already made significant contributions to our understanding of the supply chain.
The following educators (both from academia and industry) will be recognized at this year's conference in San Diego:
CSCMP has long maintained a rich source of supply chain-related information and research in different parts of its website. Now all of that information has been collected and centrally located in the site's new, user-friendly "virtual library." These member-only resources include:
To access this content and much more, visit cscmp.org/memberonly/virtual-library.asp.
Even in a sluggish economy, it can be difficult to find that perfect job candidate who possesses the exact skill set your organization needs. CSCMP's Career Center can help you refine your search and quickly identify a richer pool of candidates.
Unlike larger, more general job boards, CSCMP's Career Center is a niche site focused exclusively on the supply chain profession. Participating employers can post open positions or search CSCMP's candidate database. The database contains more than 1,000 supply chain professionals who are either actively or passively seeking employment. The Career Center offers many types of payment packages, including "pay per prospect" and a free résumé search. Companies can also choose to have the Career Center distribute their postings to other job boards.
Job seekers, for their part, can not only post their résumés and browse job openings but can also receive career coaching and job search tips. For more information about the Career Center, visit cscmp.org/career/resources.asp.