Supply Chain Digest’s graphic of the week last week is from the 2013 Gartner Supply Chain Study. It shows various initiatives that supply chain leaders feel passionate about like integrated business planning, government mandates, talent management, globalization initiatives, supply chain risk management and supply chain redesign.
Passion Index for the 2013 Supply Chain Top Priorities
Two things really stood out to me: Integrated business planning is a very high priority and supply chain risk management is a relatively low priority.
Why does supply chain risk management score so low?
I can certainly understand why integrated business planning would score highly; it is the function within business that identifies strategic corporate objectives and aligns the company in achieving those goals. What I (and the report author) found confusing is why supply chain risk management scored so low overall. Perhaps, we have advanced far enough in supply chain risk management that it is no longer a concern (In my opinion, I don’t think so though...). Potentially, we think that there won’t be another Japanese tsunami or floods in Thailand or garment factory disasters in Bangladesh. It seems to me that these types of disasters are getting more frequent, not less. Every time I turn on the news, it seems there is a story that has a global impact. The only consolation I take from this is that any good integrated business planning process would include supply chain risk management as one of the factors considered in any decision made. One can only hope so anyway. What are your supply chain passions for 2013? Why do you think supply chain risk management scored so low in this study? Comment back and let us know!