Supply Chain Agility: Solving the Agility Puzzle

Having redefined strategic sourcing and discussed what operational flexibility and supply chain agility entail, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer now considers how companies can utilise strategic sourcing to increase the agility of their supply chain. This is the fourth and latest entry in our series on supply chain agility.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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Supply Chain Agility: The missing link? Operational flexibility

In part III in this series of articles on supply chain agility, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer explores how companies invest in strategic sourcing to improve their operational competencies, which tends to have an impact on how agile they become.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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The role and impact of trade union equality representatives in Britain

Drawing on data from the first ever national survey of trade union equality representatives, this article assesses the impact the role has had in British workplaces. This evaluation is important, given the role the previous government identified for unions in helping to deliver equality policy. It is also important as part of a broader evaluation of the union modernisation agenda.

Updated: 07/01/2013
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How to stay in pole position: hire a boss who has worked on the floor

Analysing 60 years worth of data, Amanda Goodall and Ganna Pogrebna discover that the most successful Formula One teams are those led by former competitive drivers. Teams led by managers who have less 'hands-on' experience within the sport tend to underperform in comparison. This research suggests why greater experience of driving makes for more successful team leaders, and what this can teach us about leadership in other industries.

Updated: 03/01/2013
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Supply Chain Agility: The agile supply chain for unpredictable times

Supply chain agility has received increasing attention over the last decade due to two important developments. First, on average, the markets have become more dynamic. Secondly, there is increased awareness of supply chain management risks and the role agile supply chains play in recovering from these risks. In this, the second of a five part series, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer examines how an agile supply chain can be an effective response strategy in unpredictable times.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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How much core-business knowledge should our leaders have?

One of the great, unanswered questions in business is how much a leader needs hands-on, nuts-and-bolts knowledge of the core business. Who would most likely lead the company to success - the technical expert or the polished generalist? This research examines how much genuine expertise is an advantage in the succsesful running of a business, and how simply being a capable manager may not be sufficient.

Updated: 05/01/2015
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Supply Chain Agility: What is the Role of Procurement?

For firms facing increasingly shorter product life cycles, globally extended supply chains, volatile demand patterns, and an increased awareness of supply chain risks, supply chain agility provides tremendous opportunities.

As management reflect on how to become more agile, this is also a time for examining procurement's role. Our work with numerous companies from a variety of industries suggests that there is a clear role that procurement can have on creating a more agile supply chain. The key to this is strategic sourcing, a practice many companies are not yet getting the most out of.

Over a five part series of articles, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer examines what stategic sourcing entails and how companies can become more agile through its activities.

Updated: 19/10/2015
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Resistance to knowledge transfer in mergers between professional service firms

It is known that the announcement of a merger creates a highly stressful environment of uncertainty, fear and distrust. Even if redundancies are not planned, individuals in both the acquired and the acquiring firms may fear loss of status and changes to their established work norms.

Why do individuals resist knowledge transfer in the context of mergers between professional service firms? Professor Laura Empson provides an executive summary of her recent paper on this topic.

Updated: 06/02/2013
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Combining formal and non-formal learning

This paper describes the experience of developing and delivering a module for first year undergraduate management students that combines traditional formal teaching methods with a range of non-formal methods based on student based activities.

The problems inherent in evaluating the success of the module and the student learning achieved are discussed.

Updated: 14/01/2013
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