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Wednesday, October 26

The Emergence of the Supply Chain Leader: The Metamorphosis from Tactical to Strategic

Steven A. Melnyk photoSteven A. Melnyk, Ph.D.
Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management
Michigan State University

Supply chains are transforming from tactical to strategic. This new supply chain, requires a supply chain leader with skills and orientations not currently found in many supply chain managers. Here’s what we need to make that change complete, and the steps to get there. Specifically, we focus on the 11 traits that differentiate the supply chain leader of the tomorrow from the supply chain manager of today.


Steven A. Melnyk is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management (Ph.D. – The Ivey School, University of Western Ontario, 1981) at Michigan State University. He has co-authored 17 books on operations and supply chain management. His research interests include supply chain and design, metrics/system measurement, responsiveness supply chains, supply chain design, sustainability, and strategic supply chain management. Dr. Steven A. Melnyk is an active researcher whose articles have appeared in over 90 international and national refereed journals. Dr. Melnyk sits on the editorial review board for Production and Inventory Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, and the International Journal of Production Research. Dr. Melnyk is known for his ability to bridge the gap between the academic and practitioner worlds. He has spoken extensively nationally and internationally at meetings of such organizations as ISM, APICS, Supply Chain Council (both Europe and North America), SAPICS, InterLog, General Services Administration, National Defense Industry Association, Decisions Sciences Institute, Production and Operations Management Society, Supply Chain Management Association, and North American Research Symposium.  Finally, Dr. Melnyk is a member of the APICS 2016 Board of Directors and a member of the APICS leadership team (2015).

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