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) […]

Too Much Manufacturing Risk?

There was an interesting piece on by Jonathan Soble on Jan 4th on the role of manufacturing in Japan. While the US bemoans that not enough is made here, […]

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 […]

The #1 Global Risk of 2011 Is Sticking Around

Late in 2011, Lloyd’s published a survey of global risk that outlined the major risk concerns of business executives around the world. I found the #1 risk on the survey, […]

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 […]

Risk Metrics: Value at Risk (VaR) Models in SCM

One of the more contentious debates in finance over the last couple of decades has centered on the value of what are known as Value at Risk or”VaR” models. Indeed, […]

“System D” and Global Supply Chain Risk

Back in January 2011 Wired Magazine ran an outstanding piece by Robert Capps, in which he interviews the journalist Robert Neuwirth about his book, Stealth of Nations: The Global Rise […]

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 […]

Efficient Frontier and Optimizing Retailing Decisions

One of the most interesting discussions I have had in the recent past has been with Jiri Nechleba, the CEO of 4R Systems ( a  software company based in the US, […]

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 common today. A recent paper […]