Breakthrough Supply Chains: How Companies and Nations Can Thrive and Prosper in an Uncertain World

  • 7h 40m 19s
  • Christopher Gopal, Eleftherios Iakovou, Gene Tyndall, Wolfgang Partsch
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

A timely guide to rethinking and reinventing supply chains with breakthrough thinking to benefits your organization, the economy, and the world

As global business and geopolitical conditions have changed radically, it is imperative that supply chain strategies and operations transform to thrive in a volatile environment. Leaders at corporations, public agencies, national security, and public health recognize the importance of resilience, agility and flexibility. Breakthrough Supply Chains provides a comprehensive view of end-to-end supply chains and dispels the common myths about them. It provides “breakthrough thinking” principles that address critical topics for enterprise and public policy:

  • How supply chains have enabled profitable and beneficial growth in the evolving world
  • The evolution of “the new customers” and what they demand
  • The critical success factors for managing demand and supply in a complex and risky world
  • Information, data, governance, analytics and measurements that guide strategic choices
  • Resilience, risk, and supply assurance
  • Sustainability and the environment

Whether you are an organizational manager, government agency leader, or member of the interested public, Breakthrough Supply Chains reinvents the supply chain with far-reaching effects. This is your go-to guide.

About the Author

Dr. Christopher Gopal has over 40 years of experience in global supply chain management and technology in a career that has encompassed industry executive management and management consulting. He has held senior executive positions at several leading companies, including Ernst & Young Consulting, Dell Computer, Unisys, and SAIC. Dr. Gopal serves as a member of the Defense Business Board (DBB), which provides the Secretary of Defense trusted independent and objective advice from the outside private sector perspective, the Supply Chain Advisory Board of the Global Fund in Geneva. He is also an advisor to leading edge companies. His PhD is from the University of Southern California and his MBA from the Cranfield School of Management in England.

Gene Tyndall is an internationally known thought leader and executive in supply chain management. Formerly president of global supply chain solutions with a Fortune 500 corporation, he has served over 100 companies across all industries as a consultant, both as a partner of Ernst & Young, and later as an executive advisor. He has been awarded Global Logistics Person of the Year, and as an Innovator in Information Management. Mr. Tyndall has been a board director of a publicly held manufacturing corporation and serves on two private company boards. Formerly, he was a U.S. Navy Officer. He holds DBA, MBA, and BS degrees.

Dr. Wolfgang Partsch is a pioneer of supply chain management and an internationally recognized thought leader. He has developed innovations for managing supply chains. He has substantial experience in integrating the international end-to-end supply chain. He served as chairman, Global Supply Chain Network of Ernst & Young, and has advised many presidents and CEOs on complex operational issues within the supply chain. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Eleftherios “Lefteris” Iakovou is the Harvey Hubbell Professor of Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University, and the associate director of Resilient and Sustainable Supply Chains for the Texas A&M Energy Institute. He leads the supply chain management thrusts for the SecureAmerica Institute and the Global Value Chains Program of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy at Texas A&M. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and books and has led large-scale supply chain institutes, and consortia funded by corporations and governmental agencies alike, in the U.S. and the European Union. He holds MSc and PhD degrees from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Defining (and Redefining) the Supply Chain
  • Chapter 2 - How Supply Chains Have Enabled an Evolving World
  • Chapter 3 - The Customer: Managing Demand
  • Chapter 4 - Managing Supply
  • Chapter 5 - Information, Data, Governance, and Analytics
  • Chapter 6 - Knowledge: Business Acumen, Supply Chain Finance, and Costs
  • Chapter 7 - Risk, Assurance, and Resilience
  • Chapter 8 - Sustainability: The New Imperative: Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) Issues
  • Chapter 9 - Measures That Matter: Selecting the Right Key Performance Measures (KPMs) for the New Supply Chains
  • Chapter 10 - The Way Forward
  • Appendix: Breakthrough Thinking: The Process