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Do Predictive Analytics Have a Future in Supply Chain Management?

By Issam Abu-Ghallou & Issam Abu-Ghallou

In the initial shock of the “black swan” event that was (and is) COVID, it should come as no surprise that many people questioned the validity and effectiveness of predictive analytics in the supply chain. However, those in the logistics and supply chain field know, “If not predictive analytics, then what?”

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The Trifecta Leader: Manager, Coach and Leader

By Jenna McCoy

In the midst of the great resignation, employees have their pick of the litter when it comes to where and how they want to work. Are the managers we have in place today capable of performing under this pressure? If we’re asking managers to do more, we’ve got to give future and current managers the tools they need to be more than just a manager.

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The Implications of High Inflation on Business

By Issam Abu-Ghallous, PhD and Luan Eshtrefi, PhD

One of the most challenging economic dilemmas today, which effects business leaders and consumers, is high inflation. Watch these short videos to hear more about the implications and how to prepare.

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Generational Preferences are Causing a Seismic Shift to the Supply Chain

By Issam Abu-Ghallous

The supply chain disruption that has been dominating the headlines is a complex and multi-faceted issue to be sure. Much has been said and written about what is snarling the global supply chain: too few truck drivers, dormant factories due to COVID, backlogged ports, you name it.

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Upskilling: How You Can Replicate What Large-Orgs Are Doing

By Clark Barber

It’s unlikely you haven’t had internal discussions about how your department must evolve to support your clients’ new set of needs. For most companies, the answer is undoubtedly accelerating digitalization efforts agreed upon before the pandemic, and perhaps new ones that have arisen. Aside from making the right technology choices, the question your peers are asking is, “How do I ensure my team has the skills to keep pace?”

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How Leaders Can Help Empower Women in the Workplace

By Elise Awwad

Women now surpass men making up 50.2% of the college-educated labor force, up from 45.1% in 2000. While this number is positive to be sure, what’s troubling is women’s advancement in the workplace is stagnant or simply stalling at every step along the way. Read this article for six ways leaders can step up to support women on their teams, and help them achieve the career they deserve.

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Digital Transformation: 3 Key Areas Where Supply Chain Leaders Should Focus

By Doug Ackley and Alex Hosch

Supply chain digital transformation is no doubt an imperative to help supply chains run more smoothly while providing actionable intel. Ambitious, yes, but that belief isn’t necessarily overstated. The digitization of the supply chain is critically important and long overdue in many sectors, particularly given the vast changes we’ve experienced over the past couple of years.

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What Upskilling and Reskilling Can Do for Your Team

By Jenna McCoy

There is potential for nearly 97 million new jobs to arise, based on the changing integration between humans and technology. In order to take advantage of these new positions, workers will need upskilling and reskilling to close any gaps between their current skills base and the skills that will be necessary for new positions.

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If You Build It, They Will Stay: Learning Pathways Over Lateral Attrition

By Jenna McCoy

You have a great team. They work well together, get things done on time, and know how to keep you competitive in the market. The last thing you want is for your people to leave your department because they don’t feel challenged or feel as though they don’t have opportunities to advance under your leadership. But top talent will inherently seek more... and that’s a good thing.

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Tis the Season for Triggers. Do You Know the Flight Risks on Your Team?

By Clark Barber

November through January is a critical time for your team, and resignations might be hitting hardest after the New Year. While they likely have been doing it for some time, this time of year triggers individuals to take stock of their career goals and analyze whether their work is fulfilling.

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Digital Fluency: Your Team’s Edge

By Elise Awwad

Regardless of your industry, you provide a product or service that without technology you likely wouldn’t be able to maintain or grow your market share in.

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5 Things to Consider to Build Diverse Leadership

By Elise Awwad

Creating meaningful change in your team’s diversity in the leadership ranks is an issue we hear from our clients we work with every day. Unfortunately, even when these clients find the right talent for the job it can be difficult to build a plan to elevate that talent.

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Are Organizations Truly Embracing DEI?

By Scarlett Howery

DeVry University's Scarlett Howery explains how organizations can better embrace diversity, equity and inclusion to create a shared sense of belonging.

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Skills to Develop Your Operations and Supply Chain Team

To stay ahead of the competition, you need to retain your future leaders and keep their skills sharp. While on-the-job training is integral, providing additional skill development can fuel your team’s innovative thinking and help build key relationships.

A well-rounded team with the technical know-how and the business chops to explore new strategies and implement innovative ideas can positively impact your bottom line. Our DeVryWorks consultants can partner with you to build a succession plan to build a team as bright as that vision.

At DeVryWorks, we offer a multitude of programs to lift your employees so they can flourish and grow within your organization. Our offerings complement supply chain and operational management and can provide your team a skill boost in leadership, planning, project management, diversity resource management, and more. Some offerings include:

Operations & Supply Chain Skills

Global Supply Chain Resource Planning & Management:

Optimal supply chain efficiency is crucial to your clients. And your resource planning and management is likely getting more complex.

To help streamline operations we dive into demand management and forecasting, material requirements and resource planning, production scheduling, and managing inventory.

Relationship Management, Procurement & Sourcing Strategy:

A global value chain (GVC) is a complex system to integrate and operationalize. Here your team can learn about identifying strategic partners, make vs. buy decisioning, evaluation and QA strategies and maintaining ethical practices throughout your supply chain.

 

Global Perspectives for International Business:

With your supply chain likely involving global partners your team should be skilled in understanding cultural business differences.

Through the lens of global organizational case studies, we delve into how cultures, politics and economics play an important role in your team’s relationships. And how creating multi-national businesses change your operations, supply chain, marketing and finance.

 

Leadership and Organizational Behavior:

With your supply chain likely involving global partners your team should be skilled in understanding cultural business differences.

Through a well-ordered approach they’ll evaluate the use of motivation and communication to drive improved group dynamics and the impact of leading effectively.

 

Managing Organizational Change:

Steering change in complex workplaces can be challenging for any team member. Your current and future leaders can benefit from systematic approaches to driving adoption of organizational change.

Here they’ll work through the intricacies of creating a change management plan, taking into account human dynamics, models, principles and values that can help to lead the process of change.

Digital and Complementary Skills

Administration and Management :

To help optimize your team’s interdepartmental relationships we’ll evaluate what drives businesses and initiatives forward through fundamental management theories. Additionally, we’ll cover resource & project management, planning and leadership.

Big data and Analytics:

With the speed at which technology is impacting supply chains it’s likely your team is ramping up their tech skills or looking for talent with tech skills. Skills like data mining, business intelligence and managing big data could be beneficial to develop on your team.

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Robotic Process Automation (RPA):

Operations and supply chains are becoming increasingly more reliant on advanced technology. Giving your team the basic understanding of how these tools function can help them understand their potential impact on your business. Our courses are designed to develop and train machine learning models and apply linear regression to make predictions. Additionally, your team will work with control systems related to applications such as robotics, natural language processing, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

 

Cyber Security:

Supply chains especially can become targets of cyber attackers. It only take an infiltration in one part of the supply chain to potentially compromise an entire network. Through hands-on exercises and projects, they’ll create, plan, implement and monitor security solutions to protect critical data, networks and prevent future attacks. Your team can also explore the design of an organization’s security systems procedures, standards, protocols and policies, as well as how to ensure operational security follows standards, policies and laws.

 

Sales and Marketing:

With marketing technology and demand generation being a large driver of business for sales, your team might benefit from understanding marketing fundamentals like consumer intent, creating promotions, developing advertising campaigns and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs). Through fascinating case studies, interactive tutorials and real-world projects, our programs can help your team understand this key revenue driver.

 

Communications

Communications: Your team’s ability to communicate is critical to your operations team working with internal stakeholders and your supply chain working with external partners. Building your team’s confidence, clarity and credibility takes practice. Could your team use help honing their skills in professional speaking, developing written and verbal communications, creating presentations and providing management support.

Benefits of Developing Continual Learners  

You might be wondering if skill development programs can serve your organization beyond just the team member’s individual skill improvements. Don’t underestimate the power of a supported workforce. Individual achievements can show others there is value in staying at your company and developing their careers with you. That good will can spread, and others might follow. Additionally, those skills they develop, along the way, will likely be shared with peers and colleagues potentially fostering an interdepartmental training culture.

After establishing learning pathways with DeVryWorks, your organization could benefit in the following ways:

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Innovative Thinking

Your operations and supply chain team is eager to learn new ways of improving and approaching their work. When they’re given the opportunity to stretch past their set job role, creative thinking will likely follow. Infusing learning pathways into their succession plan can help foster new ways of creating efficiencies and encourage next-level thinking that can lead to brilliant ideas within your team and organization.

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Problem-Solving Skills

Fine-tuned problem-solving skills could be the change you’re looking for on your operations and supply chain team. Identifying problems before they begin and addressing them in a timely and efficient manner could improve your customer experience as well as your organization.

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Upgraded Operational Efficiency

What do you get when you combine increased problem-solving skills and innovative thinking? Most likely better business efficiency. Operational efficiency isn't far behind when your business can ask hard questions, anticipate and tackle areas to improve and break through barriers.

Interested in learning more about building a succession plan for your team?

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