That's the response I got from a participant Wednesday when I did a half day training session with the simulation. Folks were asked what supply chain management meant to them in the class and the vast majority of them saw it as Purchasing efforts to get their suppliers whipped up into shape. When we got done teaching and using the simulation,
I asked folks again what they felt supply chain management was, one person's response was " Well it really isn't supply chain management" I asked what they meant and he explained that he didn't realize it was everyone's work and efforts to align their practices and activities behind meeting what the customer wants from the time they enter an order through obtaining raw materials. He finished explaining as if I was a 5 year old and said,
"So Supply Chain Management REALLY isn't supply chain management, it's everyone working together"
I didn't disabuse him of anything but I thought "whatever it takes" But it really has me thinking what others out in manufacturing think supply chain management is.
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