14 articles

Setting a Course for Viable Sustainability

Pitting economic concerns against environmental challenges is hardly a zero-sum game.

Some 90 percent of the world’s goods are transported by sea. Ships also account for about 3 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Furthermore, this GHG figure could grow by a minimum of 50 percent and perhaps as much as 250 percent by 2050 if no action is taken to curb emission levels. Projected […]

Solving the Soft Skills Gap in Supply Chain Management

A focus on technology has left workers and key companies short of abilities critical to organizational success.

Managing supply chains more than ever is about managing technology. The rise of tools such as predictive analytics, the Internet of Things and blockchain places greater demand on supply chain professionals for the technical skills to understand and apply the dizzying array of new technologies in modern business. In the rush to keep up with […]

Bracing for the Next Brexit

Did your business drop the ball on a Brexit contingency plan? How to prepare for the next global disruption.

The repercussions of Brexit, Britain’s momentous decision to exit the European Union, will reverberate across the globe for some time. But one striking conclusion from the many analyses of the June vote is that companies were not prepared for this game-changing event. “Businesses were largely taken by surprise by [the] vote to leave the EU […]

The Power of Resilience

A Q&A with Yossi Sheffi on how the best companies manage the unexpected.

In his new book, “The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected” (MIT Press), MIT professor Yossi Sheffi explains why modern vulnerabilities call for innovative processes and tools for creating and embedding corporate resilience and risk management. Sheffi spoke with Longitudes editor Samantha Slappey. Samantha: Your book is titled “The Power of […]

Creating Supply Chains that are Resilient

We have experienced a global financial crisis, various natural disasters and there are rising concerns over global warming, aging populations and cyber vulnerabilities.

The monstrous 8.6-magnitude earthquake off the northeast coast of Japan spawned a tsunami that surged 4 kilometers inland, obliterating towns and farms across a huge swathe of the Japanese countryside. As I describe in my new book The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (MIT Press, October 2015), that earthquake took […]