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Strategic Supply Management by Robert Trent

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BUILDING A WORLD-CLASS SUPPLY BASE

Imagine you work for a firm where organizing around traditional functional groups and activities has been the norm. Imagine further that your CEO has assembled her key managers, of which you are one, to announce a major restructuring—a restructuring that is sure to involve major change. The CEO has asked you to visualize an organizational model that features the widespread sharing of information, a flattened decision-making hierarchy, and, perhaps most importantly, a design that is centered around processes that are your organization’s source of value creation.

One outcome from this scenario should be the ...

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