Where are We, Where Do We Want to Go?
Companies that should change their supply chain must first understand
that they really need to take their medicine. Catalysts can include revenue
growth, revenue decline, mergers, competitive pressure, new processes,
new products, or some combination of these factors. Once the need is
accepted, there are many barriers to success. These include supply chain
complexity, company cultures, poor project management capabilities, and
the difficulty of picking from available options.
helps clients decide what to do next. To establish our starting point,
we ask clients to self-assess their current situation. Among other
tools, that assessment includes a model with five stages of SCM maturity,
shown here and described in the book
Chain Project Management.
Stage II. Infrastructure
Stage III. Cost Reduction
Stage IV. Collaboration
Parts of a supply chain initiative can move beyond the next stage
directly to higher levels of maturity. For example, a company at Stage
II, because of business-driven urgency, can implement Stage IV and V
Companies need new skills to make this happen. CGR’s
“active learning” approach provides tailored programs to upgrade
skills to assure progress to the next level and beyond.