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Supply-Chain Survival in the Age of Globalization by James A. Pope

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CHAPTER 6

Supply-Chain Security

A 2007 column in the Wall Street Journal urged executives to focus on four priorities based on the events of the summer of 2007. At the top of the list was “make supply-chain management a top priority.” The story went on to say, “Don’t wait for a crisis.”1 Much of the story focused on supply-chain security. In 2011, Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of homeland security, wrote an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal titled “How to Secure the Global Supply Chain.”2

There has been a lot written on supply-chain vulnerability during crises or disasters such as the 9/11 terrorist attack in 2001 or natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.3 Not much attention, on the other hand, has been paid to day-to-day supply-chain ...

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