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Supply Chain Metrics that Matter

Lora M. Cecere

ISBN: 978-1-118-93897-3 December 2014 400 Pages


How to Conquer the Effective Frontier and Drive Improved Value in Global Operations

Growth has slowed. Volatility has increased and the world is more global. Brands are defined by innovation and services. Supply chain excellence matters more than ever. It makes a difference in corporate performance.

One cannot snap their fingers and deliver supply chain success. It happens over the course of many years. It is measured in inches not miles. In this book, the author evaluates the progress of over a hundred companies over the period of 2006-2013.

Success drives value. The effective supply chain makes a difference in winning a war, saving a patient, and driving commerce; but it also makes a difference in a community having clean air, potable water, and a standard of living. Mistakes are hard to overcome. Supply Chain Metrics that Matter tells this story. The book links corporate financials to supply chain maturity. In the book, the author analyzes which metrics matter.

The author Lora M. Cecere is a supply chain researcher as well as an authority in supply chain technology. She helps companies gain first mover advantage. In the book, Cecere provides concrete, actionable steps to align and balance the supply chain to drive value. The book explores the crossover between supply chain efficiency and financial growth with topics such as:

  • Outlining the metrics that matter, the metrics that don't
  • Progress in industry sub-segment in improving inventory, cash, productivity and margin
  • The management techniques that improve performance
  • Sharing insights on how metrics change as the supply chain matures
  • The roadmap to improve performance.

Today, supply chains are global and dynamic. They are rapidly evolving. Companies that constantly seek out new solutions and opportunities for improvement drive differentiation. In a market where growth is stalled and many companies are stuck in driving supply chain performance, this book provides a clear, concise framework for a more modern, effective supply chain.

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Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Chapter 1: Starting the Journey 1

Meet Joe 4

Setting Metrics Targets 5

The Journey 6

Agility 37

Evolution 40

Conclusion 42

Notes 43

Chapter 2: Managing Metrics on the Effective Frontier 45

The Connection of Metrics to the Business Strategy 46

Managing Metrics as a Complex System 49

Using the Metrics Maturity Model to Drive Change 52

Aligning on Asset Strategies 81

Managing Change 85

Conclusion 87

Notes 88

Chapter 3: Using Value Network Strategies to Move to the Next Level on the Frontier 89

Managing What You Can’t Control 90

Building the Guiding Coalition 132

Educating the Organization to Take the First Step 133

Conclusion 139

Notes 139

Chapter 4: A Strategy Session on Managing Value Networks 141

Addressing Organizational Tensions 142

The Strategy Day 154

The Journey: Becoming Market-Driven 169

Risk Management: A Catalyst for Driving Balance and Resiliency? 171

Can Corporate Social Responsibility Be an Impetus to Drive Alignment and Build Market-Driven Value Networks? 176

Sales and Operations Planning to Drive Balance and Resiliency 180

Moving to the Next Level of the Effective Frontier 186

Conclusion 188

Notes 188

Chapter 5: What Drives Value in the Value Network?: Industry Progress in Consumer Value Chains 189

The Questions 190

Leveling the Playing Field 193

The Supply Chain Index 195

The Consumer Value Chain Journey 196

Wrapping Up the Strategy Workshop 235

Conclusion 237

Notes 237

Chapter 6: What Drives Value in the Value Network?: Industry Progress in the Health-Care Value Chain 239

What Is Value? 242

Who Is the Customer? 248

Where Are We Headed? 250

The Health-Care Value Chain 253

Hospitals 259

Pharmaceutical Industry 267

Medical Device Manufacturers 278

Conclusion 283

Notes 284

Chapter 7: What Drives Value in the Value Network?: Industry Progress in the Industrial Value Chain 285

Understanding the Industrial Value Network 296

High-Tech and Electronics 300

Semiconductor Industry 310

Conclusion 320

Notes 321

Chapter 8: What Drives Value in the Value Network?: Industry Progress in the Automotive Value Chain 323

Automotive Progress on the Index 325

Review of the Automotive Industry 329

Moving Forward with Project Orbit 346

Notes 350

Chapter 9: The Smoke Clears 351

Reflections 353

Joe’s Story 354

Reflections 363

Appendix: The Methodology 365

About the Author 371

Index 373