Executive Briefings

Is Somebody in Charge of Boeing's Extended Supply Chain?

In a sense, Boeing has succeeded in changing the way we think about supply chain management, but unfortunately, not in a good way--the Dreamliner nightmare is threatening to set back the cause of supply chain management by several years at least. We're not referring to the production problems, parts shortages or even technological snafus that have derailed the project. What is most troubling is how quick Boeing has been to blame its suppliers for every missed deadline, insisting that the suppliers weren't up to the task of delivering components and finished sections on time (or ever), leaving unanswered the question, "So who exactly is managing Boeing's extended supply chain, then?"
Source: Indusrty Week , http://industryweek.com

In a sense, Boeing has succeeded in changing the way we think about supply chain management, but unfortunately, not in a good way--the Dreamliner nightmare is threatening to set back the cause of supply chain management by several years at least. We're not referring to the production problems, parts shortages or even technological snafus that have derailed the project. What is most troubling is how quick Boeing has been to blame its suppliers for every missed deadline, insisting that the suppliers weren't up to the task of delivering components and finished sections on time (or ever), leaving unanswered the question, "So who exactly is managing Boeing's extended supply chain, then?"
Source: Indusrty Week , http://industryweek.com