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Global Supply Chain Forum Looks Back Over 20 Years

Initiatives such as the Global Supply Chain Forum, which resides at Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, give the business world access to academic expertise and valuable research, says forum director Douglas M. Lambert. Such efforts are becoming more common, he says, adding that "the business community ought to be our laboratory."

The academic side benefits as well. Projects on which the Global Supply Chain Forum has worked have resulted in "quality publications, materials we can use in classrooms and executive education programs," says Lambert.

The forum was established in 1992, when Lambert was teaching in Florida and looking to assemble experts from non-competing companies to guide supply-chain research. "It was a place where executives could talk to each other about common issues," he says, "and we could work on research projects funded by members."

Over the forum's 20-year life, participants have developed a model for structuring successful business relationships. Companies working with the initiative have included Cargill, Coca-Cola Co., Tyson Foods and Wendy's. Their experience has been translated into numerous books and journal articles.

Future efforts will focus in part on viewing the supply chain as a network of companies and multiple business functions, including supplier and customer relationship management, Lambert says.

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Keywords: Educational & Professional Development, Global Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Analysis & Consulting, Quality & Metrics, Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt, Business Strategy Alignment, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Business Process Management, Collaboration & Integration, SC Planning & Optimization, Supply Chain Visibility, Cargill, Coca-Cola Co., Tyson Foods, Wendy's, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management

The academic side benefits as well. Projects on which the Global Supply Chain Forum has worked have resulted in "quality publications, materials we can use in classrooms and executive education programs," says Lambert.

The forum was established in 1992, when Lambert was teaching in Florida and looking to assemble experts from non-competing companies to guide supply-chain research. "It was a place where executives could talk to each other about common issues," he says, "and we could work on research projects funded by members."

Over the forum's 20-year life, participants have developed a model for structuring successful business relationships. Companies working with the initiative have included Cargill, Coca-Cola Co., Tyson Foods and Wendy's. Their experience has been translated into numerous books and journal articles.

Future efforts will focus in part on viewing the supply chain as a network of companies and multiple business functions, including supplier and customer relationship management, Lambert says.

To view video in its entirety, click here

Keywords: Educational & Professional Development, Global Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Analysis & Consulting, Quality & Metrics, Supply Chain Security & Risk Mgmt, Business Strategy Alignment, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Business Process Management, Collaboration & Integration, SC Planning & Optimization, Supply Chain Visibility, Cargill, Coca-Cola Co., Tyson Foods, Wendy's, Supplier and Customer Relationship Management