It is not uncommon in many companies for tactical planners use computer models to optimize the supply chain – while in a completely separate business executives formulate strategy. The aspirations are understandably separate, as they are fundamentally different in nature. But today, the authors have postulated a number of leading companies are discovering the benefits of early with the tactical planners in close communication with the big-picture strategist. A new approach called strategic supply chai … Read more »

It is not uncommon in many companies for tactical planners use computer models to optimize the supply chain – while in a completely separate business executives formulate strategy. The aspirations are understandably separate, as they are fundamentally different in nature. But today, the authors have postulated a number of leading companies are discovering the benefits of early with the tactical planners in close communication with the big-picture strategist. A new approach called strategic supply chain planning can ensure that critical supply chain details inform the business processes of a company that strategy and supply chain management is consistent with the strategic direction – but often most needed a synergy of companies may at any time profit, is needed to mergers or acquisitions. Companies routinely weigh long-term supply-related decisions in the light of alternative sources of supply, new geographic markets or new products, but tactical managers think about problems differently. According to the author, can use a step-by-step approach, the best of both worlds, and his research suggests how the strategist of scenario planning with the tactical planner optimization modeling combine while avoiding the disadvantages of each approach. Assuming the two teams work together, he says, can improve strategic supply chain planning a company’s competitiveness.
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Manmohan S. Sodhi
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
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Release Date: 1 October 2003. Prod #: SMR120-PDF-ENG
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