At the turn of 2018, an executive group of managers from all around Europe gathered in Milan for a From linear to networked Supply Chain workshop organized by ELA. Photo by ELA
At the turn of 2018, an executive group of managers from all around Europe gathered in Milan for a From linear to networked Supply Chain workshop organized by ELA – European Logistic Association. The ultimate aim of this high-level gathering was to re-define competencies the managers in modern supply chain should have in order to meet upcoming challenges.
The growing sophistication in customers’ requests and the high competitiveness in the markets impose organizations to look for new operations’ strategies and different supply chain designs. While some industries rely on regional production facilities that serve regional markets, other businesses, like technology and fashion companies, serve global markets from a single manufacturing location or region. A lot of factors contribute at making traditional, linear supply chains no more adequate. Rather, supply chain design decisions are moving to a networked model in which companies operate as nodes in a network of suppliers, customers, engineers, and specialized service functions. Moreover, agile Manufacturing approaches, emphasizing alliances and partnerships, contribute at adding new nodes and branches in the supply chain.
Changes influencing the entire supply chain suggest that also the skills required from the managers at all organizational levels should be reviewed, rethought and redesigned. Skills in question are not only those of technical nature, but also skills of efficient communication, leadership, motivation, and alike.
The ultimate task of the Milan workshop was to provide relevant answer to What are the new technical, professional and personal/transversal skills necessary for workers and managers who operate in logistics – while taking into account the importance of a change in Supply Chain architecture (from linear to networked).
“The working group has reached consensus on most questions raised during the meeting and ELA is now processing outcomes of the entire session. Having this relevant feedback, we are now able to define new standards for traditional as well as completely new positions created throughout the entire supply chain of today and – more importantly – also of the one of tomorrow”, says Paolo Bisogni, the President of ELA.
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