Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Supply Chain / Value Chain Research - An Update

I wanted to send a word of thanks to those of you who have participated in the Supply Chain/Value Chain survey so far. With well over 100 respondents in the first few days we are in the process of making the first analytical pass of the data. The speed with which you have responded has been gratifying, particularly given the business demands associated with the holiday season and the end of the year.

A special thanks to the Value Chain Group for helping get the word out on the survey.

For those of you who started but then had to interrupt your survey, we will be looking at completed surveys again on December 12 so if you can complete your entry by then, your response will be included in the initial analysis. (As you know, with you can begin the survey, leave the site, and then return to complete it without starting all over again). For those of you who have not yet started your response, the good news is that our initial estimate of approximately 20-25 minutes to complete the survey has been confirmed by a number of respondents.

If you are just now discovering the survey you can read the announcement of its launch here. And if the links don't work you can paste the link to your web browser. (

Thanks again to everyone who is collaborating in this research.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Supply Chain Research - An Addendum

Yesterday I asked for your participation in some value chain / supply chain research that I am conducting with Dr. Sanjay Menon of Louisiana State University - Shreveport. I failed to let you know that unlike some research cycles that take weeks and months, this research is designed to move at the speed of business. Fast.

The first review cycle of data will take place within a matter of days. While the current plan is to let the survey evolve in scope and breadth, the significance and direction of the continuing research will be shaped by the early respondents.

So, in the next 20 minutes, you may help guide research that will be important to businesses in multiple industries, executives in multiple disciplines, and organizations in multiple geographies.

If you are a supply chain or value chain practitioner, a consultant, a technology provider, or an academician your participation in the research is welcome here. (