Category: Economics

Why Most Finance Functions Needs to Take a Second Look at SCM

One of the principal arguments this blog makes is that financial and risk analysis in SCM must develop onto a much higher plane than is […]

Beyond the Physical World in Procurement Risk Management

It is unusual to scan across a magazine or web site dedicated to supply chain and not find at least one article focused on risk […]

Risk Metrics: VoR (Velocity of Risk) in Managing SC Risk

VoR, or Velocity of Risk, is a concept that appears now and again and discussions of risk management. The basic concept is that in addition […]

For Operations Risk, It’s the Neon Swan That Matters Most

A frequent question I get asked is “how do I prepare against black swans?” Ever since Nassin Nicholas Taleb’s “The Black Swan,” this is a […]

Credibility Theory and Supply Chain Risk

At the forefront of the SC quant world today is the creation of new ways of thinking about SC risk that go beyond the protection […]

“Sprinkling”: Supply Risk Goes Mainstream

US Senator Carl Levin recently sounded the alarm bell about “sprinkling,” which is the practice of mixing counterfeit parts with real ones. An excerpt from […]

Enron: 10 Years Later

The Nov 8th issue of Energy Risk has an interesting commentary by Stella Farrington noting the 10th anniversary of the Enron collapse. Perhaps the most […]

The Rise of SCM Quants: How Finance and Risk Management are Transforming Supply Chain Strategy and Execution

Link to my 2010 paper on applying finance and risk to SCM:X-SCM SC Risk Engineering Chapter_Alvarenga_2010

Energy Risk and the Future of Globalization

The FT has an interesting piece today on the UN’s prediction of serious weather volatility ( I was speaking to a friend in Shanghai this […]


Welcome to my new blog. As the title suggests, this will be a blog about global risk, finance and economics in the areas of supply […]