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Ich Bin Kunst

By Art van Bodegraven | 06/09/2014 | 12:34 PM

OK, the blog title is a little play on words, and this particular posting takes the play apparently into Deutschland, but not uber alles.

Facing reality, I am gratified that a few people seem to enjoy my demented ramblings and off-the-wall sermonettes.  But, a few are genuinely annoyed with some of my positions, which genuinely and generally mystifies me.  Others either don't like the occasional jokes or don't get them, and either way are,  like Queen Victoria, not amused.  And, still others don't get the joke and don't care.

Back to Ich Bin Kunst, I Am Art is a provocative song from the borderline brilliant Boy George musical, Taboo.It was a West End hit in London, but crashed and burned on Broadway under the heavy weight of Rosie O'Donnell's meddling and mismanagement.  The piece was and is a tribute to the notorious performance artist, Leigh Bowery, a provocateur around whom legends arose. For the record, I Am Art has engendered the same categories of reaction from audiences as has The Art of Art.

That is all perfectly understandable.  Art and its appreciation are bobbing on the uncertain surface of an ocean of subjectivity.  Reactions to art in any form are personal, and not necessarily rational.  This leads artists to push boundaries even farther from societal norms, in the interest of eliciting some kind of reaction that is understandable to the artist and satisfing to the entertained, amused, challenged, or provoked observer, reader, listener, or consumer. 

Supply Chain Management is a blend of art and science.  Peers, professors, or patrons might question the art involved in given solutions, but it is difficult to be subjective about objective outcomes.  And, at day's end, supply chain peformance is all about results, their alignment with corporate objectives, and their impact on enterprise performance - combinations of cost, customer satisfaction, and asset leverage.

In that light, we see that the supply chain professional can redeem many perceived failures of art with demonstrable successes in quantified measures.  When the enterprise wins, the practitioner is permitted to sing "Ich bin kunst!"

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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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