Tailoring Supply Chain Visibility to Cooperative Term Length

In another post last month I mentioned that the supply chain is an information economy, where information is created, valued, and exchanged. In that blog post I also discussed the impact supply chain governance has on the information economy, particularly information asymmetry and value-sharing. Josh Bryan, an artificial intelligence researcher and long-time friend, had feedback on the post which prompted me to create …

Iron Fists and Supply Chain Utopias: Governance and Visibility

In 2010, at a UK conference on supply chain software, I heard an interesting reply to the often-used call for “greater collaboration” within the supply chain. The reply was from Eddie Capel, at the time the COO and head of products and engineering at Manhattan Associates. Eddie is a person I admire for his clarity of insight into supply chain …

Playing for Real: Supply Chain Games for Training

Supply chain games are a great way to develop new staff’s instincts about coordination, competition, and the cause-effects of rule mechanisms on behavior. The infamous Beer Game and Procurement Game were some of my first introductions to multi-party coordination through rules. In 2010, I was looking for more supply chain games and ended up creating or modifying some game-theory classics …

Learning by Playing: More Supply Chain Games

In January 2011 I published an article called “Playing for Real: Supply Chain Games”. As I said in the original article, supply chain games are a great way to develop new staff’s instincts about coordination, competition, and the cause-effects of rule mechanisms on behavior.  In early 2012 I added the two additional games shown below for training supply chain instincts. …