Kathleen Hedland, Council
of Supply Chain Management Professionals
New Book on Mastering Business
Volatility to Preview at 2009
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ Annual Meeting
Presentation Highlights Findings from
Groundbreaking Book, Including Strategies,
Toolsets and Simulations Designed to Help Organizations Manage Risk in Global
Chicago – Sept. 21, 2009 – A new book, to be released in
early 2010 by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business,
Sterling Commerce and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
(CSCMP), gives supply chain managers an innovative tool set for managing risk in
today’s dynamic global marketplace. The book, “X-Treme Supply Chain Management:
A Guide to Mastering Business Volatility,” will preview this week at the Annual
Global Conference of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals in
The preview will take place on Wednesday, September 23, from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m.
CT in a session titled
“X-treme Supply Chains: Managing in Times of Upheaval.” The session will include
live gameplay from a real-time supply chain simulation that pits teams of U.S.
and European players against each other – battling for market and financial
“We are excited to unveil this groundbreaking work at our annual conference,”
said Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP. “CSCMP’s goal is to provide a
forum to help supply chain professionals from around the world stay abreast of
trends, best practices and thought leadership in their field. By tackling the
challenges of volatility, this book not only supports this goal, but addresses
issues that will be top-of-mind for corporate leadership for years to come.”
The global financial crisis and resulting economic downturn signaled a needed
change in the way supply chains are managed, shifting from models based on
assumptions of relatively stability to a the realization that risk and
volatility must be taken into account. The book analyzes the rapid increase in
business volatility and risk created by global economic pressures. It provides
best practices and managerial tool sets with which to mitigate operational risks
of all forms across physical, cyber, financial and service supply chains. It
also gives managers access to a supply chain risk simulation game and predictive
analytic software models.
Spearheaded and edited by Sandor Boyson, Lisa Harrington and Thomas Corsi,
the book includes co-contributors from some of the industry’s leading
corporations and organizations. Boyson and Corsi are research professors at the
University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and co-direct the
school’s Supply Chain Management Center, at which Harrington is a senior
research fellow. Sterling Commerce, an AT&T company, is the project’s technology
sponsor and a co-contributor.
The book and toolkit, slated for release in first quarter 2010, will be
published by Routledge, a member of the Taylor & Francis Group.
About the Council of Supply Chain Management
in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the leading
worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the
advancement of the supply chain management profession. With over 9,000 members
globally, representing business, government, and academia from 63 countries,
CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of
logistics and supply chain management. More information can be found at
About the University of Maryland’s Robert H.
Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader
in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the
University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate,
full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive
education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The
school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning
locations in North America and Asia.
About Sterling Commerce
Commerce, an AT&T Inc (NYSE:T) company, helps companies optimize and transform
Business Collaboration Network to accelerate revenues and reduce costs.
Sterling Commerce provides more than 30,000 customers worldwide applications and
integration solutions to connect, communicate and collaborate inside and outside