What’s good is also what’s bad: understanding complexity’s role in supply disruptions

New research looks at how both the “dark” and “bright” sides of complexity play out when major supply chain disruptions take place At 2:46 pm Tokyo time on March 11, 2011, the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. The magnitude 9.0 undersea earthquake lasted approximately six minutes, and its resulting forces killed over 15,000 people,…

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Sparking innovation: how temporary assignments increase knowledge transfer and learning

New analysis of manufacturing interplant rotation programs sheds valuable light on how new work settings increase knowledge transfer and lifelong learning Analysis: One of the most common practices in current organizational management is the temporary assignment of workers from one function to perform a similar role in another part of the company or even at an…

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Perils known and knowable: understanding illegal labor risk in fashion supply chains

Can brands claim ignorance of illegal supply chain subcontracting? Research suggests the answer is no In Brief: Western product brands often claim that they can’t know when intermediaries send production orders to contractors with illegal working conditions. Research from an international team suggests otherwise. From their analysis, the drivers of such actions are definable and can…

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