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Wizarding And Supply Chain Management

By Art van Bodegraven | 01/31/2010 | 7:18 AM

Jo Rowling has given us some really useful insights in her Harry Potter saga.  The big one for me has been the clear message that Harry, even as The Chosen One, couldn't hope to fight - let alone conquer - Lord Voldemort without the strength of his relationships, and the special advantages they contributed to his mission.  Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, the Order of the Phoenix - they and others all brought something vital to the eventual victory.

The lesson gets reinforced when we see Catherine Zeta-Jones sing I Can't Do It Alone in Chicago, or hear the Beatles or Joe Cocker doing With A Little Help From My Friends.  And so it goes in the universe of supply chain managemnt, in which we must rely on the capabilities and execution of our upstream and downstream partners for both long-term survival and eventual success.

Curiously, though, the entertainment world is dominated by  a star syndrome.  In the supply chain world, solo acts tend to flame out early.

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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