Dr. Yossi Sheffi

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Dr. Yossi Sheffi — Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Yossi Sheffi is the Elisha Gray II Prof. of Engineering Systems at MIT, where he serves as Director of the Center for Transportation & Logistics. He is an expert in systems optimization, risk analysis and supply chain management. He is the author of several best selling, award winning books, including The Resilient Enterprise (MIT Press, 2005) and Urban Transportation Networks (Prentice Hall, 1985). His latest book Logistics Clusters was published by MIT Press in October 2012.

Guest Post: The Rise of Networks as Market Goliaths

Guest Post: The Rise of Networks as Market Goliaths

Connections

Many of the large companies that dominate world markets owe their strength and continuing growth to their underlying structure: a formidable network. Such networks have special economic characteristics that provide competitive advantages. Read More…

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Guest Post: Justifying Investments in Risk Avoidance

Transportation savings

How do you put a value on avoiding a problem that seemingly no longer exists because you’ve already spent money on eliminating it?

This is the classic Catch-22 dilemma faced by many corporate security managers when trying to justify further investments in steeling the supply chain against disruptions.

It’s a vexing problem, but there are ways around it.

The obvious conundrum is that hardening the corporation, its processes, and its supply chain requires investment. If nothing happens and no crises materialize, this effort is, in hindsight, deemed to be a waste of money by senior executives. There is some justification if an actual disruption was sidestepped or its impact mitigated. But even then, it is difficult to quantify the benefits of dodging the bullet. Read More…