Praise for SUPPLY CHAIN AS STRATEGIC ASSET
"If your goal is to construct a supply chain strategy that meets the needs of your business, then this book is a must–read. Supply Chain as Strategic Asset builds an excellent bridge between corporate financial goals and the needs of a complex and world–class supply chain strategy."
Eddie Capel, Executive Vice President of Global Operations, Manhattan Associates
"Supply chains are the new business frontier for value innovation and cost elimination. Many authors miss the fact that supply chain management is most effective when it is directly linked to corporate strategy; and when strategy can translate into an adaptable process, supply chains can be aligned, agile, and adaptable. In this book, Sehgal shows us new ways to view supply chain constraints and opportunities in a networked world, as well as a road map to get there."
Patrick Byrne, Chairman, SPC Holdings Pty Limited
"This is an excellent book on supply chains management wherein the author has brought out the concept and need of aligning the three strategies of business, supply chain, and technology in a coherent manner. There are several real–life examples from corporations such as Wal–Mart, Amazon, and Toyota that illustrate how this strategy alignment can bring competitive, sustainable, and profitable growth to a business. Overall, a great book for supply chain professionals and business leaders to develop a deep understanding of how efficient and effective supply chains can become a true source of competitive advantage for a business."
Sanjeev Gupta, Manufacturing Director, Unilever Sri lanka Limited
"In this book, Vivek Sehgal shows to the full that in order to compete and reach its goals, a company can and should use the supply chain as a strategic tool. He explains how a company can make use of Porter′s generic strategies and apply them to every nook and niche of its supply chain. Easily read, well structured, and with highly illustrative industry examples accompanying every major statement, the book explores the concepts of strategic thinking in a manner that very few books on supply chain management do. This book will set your thoughts in motion, and hopefully, your supply chain, too."
Jan Husdal, Editor, husdal.com: supply chain risk explained, explored, researched, and reviewed
Chapter 1: Planning and Realizing Goals of Business Strategy.
Strategy Realization through Functional Capabilities.
Strategy Planning: The Missing Link.
Technology as the Enabler.
Creating Competitive Advantage through Functional Capabilities.
The Alignment of the Business, Functional, and Technology Strategies.
Chapter 2: Understanding Strategy.
What Is Strategy?
Attributes of Strategy.
Levels of Strategy Planning.
The Strategic Horizon of Impact.
Chapter 3: Concepts of Business Strategy.
Porter′s Generic Strategies.
The Resource–based View.
Creating Advantages by Viewing the Corporation as the Sum of Its Components.
Creating Advantages through Value Chain.
Developing Competitive Advantages through Capabilities.
Beyond Business Strategy: Functional and Deployment Strategies.
Chapter 4: Exploring Functional Strategy.
What Is Functional Strategy?
Why Is the Functional Strategy Important?
Steps in Creating Functional Strategy.
Chapter 5: Current Thinking on Supply Chain Strategy.
Current Thinking on Supply Chain Strategies.
Understanding the Supply Chain Sphere of Influence.
What Drives Your Supply Chain?
Chapter 6: Creating a Functional Supply Chain Strategy.
The Effect of Industry Segment on Supply Chain Design.
The Effect of Business Strategy on Supply Chain Design.
The Effect of the Primary Driver on Supply Chain Design.
Supply Chain Strategy and Business Strategy.
Chapter 7: Technology Strategy.
What Is Technology Strategy?
Components of a Technology Strategy.
Why Develop a Technology Strategy?
Technology Strategy and Organization.
Process Overview and Deliverables for Creating Technology Strategy.
Chapter 8: Supply Chain Nirvana: Bringing It All Together.
What Is Supply Chain Nirvana?
Defining a Supply Chain Strategy That Works.
What Can a Well–aligned Supply Chain Strategy Do for You?
How to Get There?
Keeping It All Together.
Appendix A: Sample Artifacts for Creating an Effective Supply Chain Strategy.
Appendix B: An Overview of the Scope of Supply Chain in Modern Corporations.
Supply Chain Planning.
Supply Chain Execution.
Supply Chain Collaboration.
Appendix C: Supply Chain and Corporate Financial Performance.
Cost of Sales.
Tune Your Supply Chain for Financial Performance.
About the Author.
VIVEK SEHGAL is Senior Director of Research at Manhattan Associates, a global, best–of–breed supply chain solutions provider. Prior to working with Manhattan, Vivek worked for Fortune 20 companies, including The Home Depot and GE, in various leadership roles in their supply chain technology groups. He has spoken at several industry events in the past and is a current member of the Science Advisory Board at Manhattan Associates, working with the industry to define new optimization opportunities in supply chain solutions. Vivek has authored Enterprise Supply Chain Management (Wiley) and several articles in supply chain journals. His blog is available at [external URL]