The Risk-Price Trade-off

On Saturday the NY Times ran a short piece by Thomas Fuller about the floods in Thailand and the impact they are having on global Hard Disk Drive (HDD) availability.(1) The article states that “Before Thailand’s great flood of 2011, companies like Panasonic, JVC and Hitachi produced electronics and computer components that were exported around

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Too Much Manufacturing Risk?

There was an interesting piece on FT.com by Jonathan Soble on Jan 4th on the role of manufacturing in Japan. While the US bemoans that not enough is made here, some in Japan wonder the opposite: if they are too exposed to manufacturing as the sole source of competitiveness: Perhaps most worryingly, many in Japan

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The Changing Role of Hedging in Sourcing

A few years ago, the number of Sourcing organizations that had a serious focus on hedging to deal with risk were few and far between. Outside of some specific  industries with a traditional dependence on commodities, few CPO’s were actively sponsoring the development of sophisticated financial risk management teams within their portfolio of responsibilities. A

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The Risk of Too Many Choices

Looking back at 2011 one of the most remarkable stories has been the continued decline of Research in Motion (RIM). A recent NY Times piece speculated that perhaps some of the problem lies with the many different models (and their sometimes confusing names) that RIM developed in its push to be more consumer friendly.(1) Ian

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Enhancing Transparency

The Nov 1 issue of Operational Risk & Regulation has an excellent commentary by its editor, Alexander Campbell. As a new year starts soon, Mr. Campbell’s words deserve a wide hearing: A Recipe for Success (http://www.risk.net/operational-risk-and-regulation/opinion/2119401/recipe-success) As heads roll at UBS over the $2.3 billion rogue-trading losses the Swiss bank suffered in September, it’s reassuring

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