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Mastering the Supply Chain
Principles, Practice and Real-Life Applications
Mastering the Supply Chain is an introduction to supply chain management. The book integrates theory with practice and aims to create a cross-functional mindset in students and practitioners. It provides a wide overview of relevant supply chain concepts and sets out the challenges that need to be overcome in order to find practical ways of implementing these in a real company situation. Readers are continuously asked to actively reflect on the choices they make, thus experiencing first-hand the many challenges that good and effective supply chain management presents.
Mastering the Supply Chain presents a different way of learning that puts the reader at the heart of a life-like situation, so that they experience the impact of every decision they make, not just in their own 'silo' but across the business. In this way, they will learn that many supply chain concepts are relatively simple to understand, but not so easy to apply in reality. Chapter 6 helps students to pull everything they've learned together and see how the concepts play out in the real world by guiding them through an interactive demonstration of the online business simulation game The Fresh Connection (free access is included with the book). This is a key text for students on supply chain management BScs and MScs as well as background reading for students playing the full version of The Fresh Connection Business Simulation game.
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"This is the missing book on supply chain management: this practice-oriented, business-driven and interactive book is a pleasure to read and essential for people who wish to advance in their supply chain career."--Desiree Knoppen, Associate Professor and Head of Academic Department, Marketing, Operations and Supply, EADA Business School, Barcelona "This book is a real breakthrough for the learning and teaching of supply chain management."--Christian van Delft, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management, HEC Paris "Building on his extensive training experience, Ed Weenk has written a very valuable and accessible book."--Finn Wynstra, NEVI Professor of Purchasing and Supply Management, Rotterdam School of Management "This excellent book not only covers core supply chain management principles, buts adds a guided approach to mastering them. It will be of great value to both students and lecturers."--Tom Van Woensel, Professor of Operations Management and Logisitics, Eindhoven University of Technology and Antwerp Management School "Ingeniously incorporates knowledge and practice of the fundamentals. The diagrams are especially descriptive, and the combination of theory with experential learning is a game-changer in the quest to educate students and professionals how to manage supply chains in an ever-changing world."--Laura M Meade, Director of International Programs and Professor of Supply Chain Practice, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth "Mastering the Supply Chain is an excellent work that gives us the opportunity to review the concepts of the Supply Chain from a perspective that achieves a perfect balance between the methodology and the practical approach. In the text, Ed Weenk manages to capture with great skill the complex relationships that arise in the world of business without falling into excessive simplification, while allowing the reader to understand concepts from a practical perspective. My most sincere congratulations to Prof. Weenk. I am sure that Mastering the Supply Chain will be of great interest to practitioners, as well as academics and students."--Dr. Luis E. Herrera - Associate Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico City (Mexico) "Mastering the Supply Chain presents a systematic approach to understanding current supply chains and value networks. This book offers a theoretical and practical support that will help organizations as well as students understand supply chains, and the potential impact of trends in business and society on company competitiveness. Ed Weenk s take on the underlying fundamentals delivers a pragmatic approach to enhancing the learner's understanding of fundamentals and beyond. His approach is a major step towards understanding Supply Chain basics and potential disruptions to the growth of the business."--Dr Mario Chong, Vice dean of Business Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidad del Pac fico, Lima, Peru "One of the major challenges in either learning or teaching Supply Chain Management is the creation of the bridge between the theory and practice. The non-experienced learnings remain abstract until they are applied in real life. Mastering the Supply Chain is closing the gap by providing a solid theoretical base as well as an immediate practical application through a business simulation in a very experimental and playful way. It's an absolute reference on Supply Chain Management for students, professionals, and leaders."--Nicolai Rassolov MSc, Lecturer, School of Continuing Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada "Supply Chain is a broad area that requires many different managerial, technical and leadership skills, as well as knowledge and a holistic view of different areas, from purchasing to operations, finance and sales. Consequently, learning Supply Chain concepts and putting them into practice is a challenging mission, particularly for those in the early and intermediate stages of their careers. In such context, Mastering the Supply Chain offers a unique approach that blends a comprehensive review of the main concepts of supply chain, with plenty of additional references for a more in-depth learning of specific topics. It fills a much-needed gap that effectively allows the integration of such concepts to an experiential learning approach using the excellent business simulation game called The Fresh Connection." "Mastering the Supply Chain is one of the few Supply Chain Management books that describes the explanation about the fundamentals of Supply Chain Management as well as how to apply these fundamentals concretely to the level of organization, management and operations."--Mohamed el Ouasghiri, Senior lecturer Supply Chain Management, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands "Mastering the Supply Chain profoundly reveals the core of supply chain management: strategy, collaboration, technology and leadership. Through 'The Fresh Connection' simulation game, which is used as an interactive case in the book, readers can experience the challenge and charm of supply chain management, and truly understand that the competition between modern enterprises is the competition between supply chains. To win in the competition, we need to deeply realize that supply chain management is not alone and isolated, but that each department should strengthen mutual communication, understanding and trust. On this basis, through information sharing, responsibility allocation, common decision-making and other ways, one can achieve the collaboration and unity of the whole operational process of the company."--Professor Gao Junjun, Managing Director of Demand Chain Institute, Founder & CEO of oIBP. SHU-UTS SILC Business School, Shanghai (China) "Supply chain scholars continually get bombarded with new/re-branded theories and concepts in this, (still relatively new) field of study. What is often sadly lacking is a blended learning approach with appropriate material and mechanisms for the learner to try/apply/test these theories and concepts in different dynamic business scenarios within a "safe experimental environment" revealing all the supply chain complexities to be managed in the future. Together with The Fresh Connection's experiential learning environment, this new book, Mastering the Supply Chain, provides the supporting material in a condensed, progressive and aligned style. It further fills the gap in serving industry's current critical need towards assisting both instructors and learners to establish the appropriate onboarding knowledge and skills that can enable businesses in achieve their multi-dimensional business strategies with implementable supply chain plans."--Johan Louw, Associate Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa "Mastering the Supply Chain deals with how to manage a supply chain from multiple perspectives, including business, technology, performance and optimization. It contains many templates for analysis, thus giving the reader a quick guide to supply chain management. The author shows people the most relevant principles, analysis process and decision-making frameworks using one interactive case throughout the book. Mastering the Supply Chain is kindly recommended as a textbook for both students and practitioners."--Ms. Wang Xiaofang, Director of Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China) "Ed Weenk covers how competitive company strategy links to supply chain typology and to the process of Sales & Operations Planning. In the second and third part of the book, using a realistic supply chain business simulation game of a fruit juice manufacturing company, the Author lets a team of virtual students called SuperJuice show in a very practical way which trade-offs have to be made to execute the chosen company strategy and the complexities involved in the decision making. All in all, I think Mastering the Supply Chain will prove to be a very useful and practically oriented book providing a grateful and effective learning experience for a wide diversity of learners."--Martijn Lofvers, CEO and Chief Trendwatcher at Supply Chain Media "Mastering the Supply Chain is a great aid to those who would like to better understand the strategic and tactical landscape of Supply Chain Management as well as the mechanics of 'The Fresh Connection' business simulation. The book perfectly connects conceptual supply chain management considerations with business simulation practice. I strongly recommend this book to both teachers and students as a supportive tool for Supply Chain Management courses and trainings." "So far there has not been a well-suited textbook to support and foster this excellent learning experience with the general concepts of supply chain management. I have been integrating 'The Fresh Connection' simulation with great success in my supply chain management courses for several years. The experimental environment of the simulation brings a real-world sensation into the classroom. Mastering the Supply Chain provides the essential learning needed to bridge the gap between The Fresh Connection and the fundamentals of supply chain management."--Michael Lustenberger, Research Associate, Center of Strategy & Operations, ZHAW School of Management and Law, Winterthur, Switzerland "The title says it all: Mastering the Supply Chain - Not only in theory, but also in practice. This book covers the fundamentals of supply chain management with a strong emphasis on practical application. A clear structure guides you through mastering the multiple dimensions of the supply chain management: the business, technical and leadership dimensions. There are plenty of useful exercises throughout the book which challenge you to explore, analyse and imagine key supply chain management concepts or scenarios, thus ensuring a holistic understanding. The highlight is the learning experience through 'The Fresh Connection' business simulation - a game environment allowing you to study the effects of key supply chain decisions on the example of a fruit juice supply chain. All in all, a well-written book on supply chain management that prepares you to master the supply chain challenges of the future."--Dr. Stanislav Chankov, Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, Department of Mathematics and Logistics, Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany "Mastering the Supply Chain provides an invaluable guide for understanding how decisions are made when managing the supply chain strategically. The emphasis of the book is on practical learning and hence the book is written around 'The Fresh Connection' supply chain game. Having used this game in my courses over several years, this book would be an excellent companion. The book will provide value for UG, PG and MBA courses with a focus on supply chain management."--Professor Samir Dani, Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Head of Logistics, Marketing, Hospitality and Analytics, University of Huddersfield, UK