Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management: Strategies for Gaining Competitive Advantage

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Global supply chain decision-makers and practitioners are about to face brutally tough new challenges. They will be called upon to manage supply and demand in a world marked by demographic and economic shifts that will turn their supply and demand markets upside down. They will have to secure crucial supplies in an era when resources are severely constrained. Now, three pioneering supply chain leaders fully illuminate these game-changing challenges, offering a complete decision framework and practical tools, insights, and guidance for systematically mitigating new risks and building long-term supply chain-based competitive advantage. Global Macro Trends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management is the first book to focus squarely on emerging societal, technological, geopolitical, and environmental macro trends that will powerfully impact every supply chain. Authors Chad W. Autry, Thomas J. Goldsby, and John E. Bell walk you through assessing the impacts of population growth, migration, urbanization; socioeconomic change, global connectivity, environmental issues, and geopolitics. They review new challenges associated with increased global demand, growing scarcity, transportation congestion, aging infrastructure, and emerging supply-demand imbalances. Next, they provide comprehensive mitigation strategies based on logistics, resource recovery, resource protection, demand and supply shaping, and other techniques. This book will be an indispensable resource for all supply chain, logistics, sourcing, and operations management executives, managers, and professionals; for operations research professionals and graduate students; and for others working in these fields in industry, government, and the military.


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CHAD W. AUTRY is Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of Supply Chain Forum—North America at the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration. He contributes actively to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the Warehouse Education and Research Council, and has led local and national events for the Production and Operations Management Society and Institute for Supply Management. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Supply Chain Management from the University of Oklahoma.

THOMAS J. GOLDSBY, Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University, is Associate Director of its Center for Operational Excellence and Research Associate at its Global Supply Chain Forum. He has supervised more than 100 Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners and coauthored the book Lean Six Sigma Logistics. He has received recognition for excellence in teaching and research at Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Kentucky. He holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University.

JOHN E. BELL is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee’s College of Business Administration and a board member of the Western Decision Sciences Institute. He earned his Ph.D. in Management at Auburn University, taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Georgia College & State University, and spent more than 20 years as a U.S. Air Force logistics and maintenance officer. He has published more than 20 academic articles on vehicle routing, facility location selection, supply chain strategy, and related topics.

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