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Understanding Supply Chain Organization is Vital for 2014

At the beginning of each new year, I like to “reorganize”—whether it is cleaning up my email inbox or restructuring my schedule.

Just like us, supply chains need (re)organization too. As they continually evolve, supply chains experience new processes, systems, cultures, and people. They need to be crafted, designed, and often reshaped to fit an organization’s structure, workflow, and goals. We call this organization design and change management, or ODCM.

The goal of ODCM is to create an integrated system of processes, people, information, and practices designed to achieve a set of objectives consistently, repeatedly, and completely. You can’t have a strategy without considering organization first.

Additionally, when a transition is in the works, successful change management is critical to managing risk and gaining staff support and commitment.

Tompkins Supply Chain Consortium recently released its first report of 2014, and I think it is a pretty befitting topic as we all set the restart button for a new year. Supply Chain Organization Models: Organization Design and Change Management is a must-read as your organization evolves and changes.

What changes does your organization anticipate this year?  Tweet me @jimtompkins.

Jim Tompkins

Jim Tompkins is an international authority on leadership, logistics, material handling, outsourcing, and supply chain best practices. As the founder and CEO of Tompkins International, he provides leadership for Tompkins globally. He has written or contributed to more than 30 books. Jim has been quoted in hundreds of business and industry magazines such as The Journal of Commerce, Supply & Demand Chain Executive, and FORTUNE, and he has spoken at more than 4,000 international engagements