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This Sporting Life

By Art van Bodegraven | 05/31/2013 | 8:04 AM

The radical American opera, 1935's Porgy and Bess, by George Gershwin, features an unsavory character, Sportin' Life, who was dealing drugs long before anyone could even spell 'cartel."

Sportin' Life's signature song is it Ain't Necessarily So, addressing such unlikely conditions as the Biblical Methuselah attaining the age of 900.

We face a number of "facts" in supply chain management that ain't necessarily so, either.  For example, supply chain is not just another word for logistics.  And, what we do in logistics execution is not the same as what common practices were twenty-five years ago.  Further, managerial tactics applied to diverse and multi-generational workforces aren't going to work in this century, and employee behavior that doesn't match 1980's expectations is a sign of neither decay or rebellion.

Get over it.  What ain't necessarily so is today's reality. 

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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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