Monday, November 2
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
The business outlook for the next two years looks strong. Are you ready for the upturn? The economy is experiencing some weakness. Yet despite softness in the business-to-business market, as well as global markets like Europe and China, the U.S. consumer is spending a lot of money and employment is growing with more gains on the horizon. The world’s economy would be in a lot more trouble right now if it wasn’t for the ongoing capability and desire of the US consumer to spend money. Those are just some of the reasons ITR Economics is forecasting an improvement in the business cycle in 2016. That cyclical rise will create stresses within your business – and some part of your supply chain - unless you, your vendors, or your customers are prepared for the upturn. Now is the time to ask yourself if you have enough people (a resource that will be in an ongoing short-supply situation), capital, and equipment.
Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University
Tuesday, November 3
1:30 PM -2:30 PM
Too often, best-laid plans are nullified by company culture, a force that supply chain managers did not anticipate or fully understand. While culture is often cast as a source of inertia and un-thinking rejection of change, it plays an essential role and can, if properly understood and managed, be the manager’s friend. This presentation explores cultures, its importance, and how it can be harnessed to support rather than frustrate strategy.