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Transitioning from linear to circular

Case by Ed Weenk MSc, PDEng

Dive into the online business game ‘The Blue Connection’ together with your students for a case study on introducing circularity into supply chains. In ‘The Blue Connection’, students take on the role of ‘circular turnaround manager’ and are asked to improve the circularity in the value chain. Accompanied by a Harvard-style Teaching Case, students are faced with a supply chain challenge: an e-bike manufacturer that wants to modify its linear supply chain to become more circular. Eventually, the goal of this game is to come up with possibilities to optimize the circularity in this company.

Cash is King:
Working Capital Management in Times of Crisis

Case by Luca Gelsomino PhD, Christiaan de Goeij MSc & Ed Weenk PDEng

The COVID-19 crisis is disrupting global supply chains, financial markets and the day-to-day operations of businesses all over the world. Now more than ever, a company’s need for capital can come quickly and unpredictably. As a result, there is a real risk for otherwise healthy companies to run out of cash. What can businesses do to safeguard their cash flow, working capital and ultimately their company?

Preparing for the New Normal

Case by Ed Weenk PDEng & Chuck Nemer CPIM, CLTD

The Coronavirus pandemic has already had a tremendous impact on global supply chains. When the crisis hit, businesses were dealt a set of urgent issues like sudden standstills in factories and having to close down offices. Weeks later, as the dust starts to settle and businesses adapt to new circumstances, two important questions remain: what will be the new normal? And what changes does the new normal bring to businesses in the long-run?

Managing Risk
to Global Supply Chains

Case by Ed Weenk PDEng & Michiel Steeman PhD

The Coronavirus outbreak has severely challenged global supply chains. As local disruptions take place, from manufacturing to distribution, entire supply chains are affected. The scale of these disruptions is tremendous, with 75% of all U.S. businesses experiencing supply chain issues, according to Fortune’s latest estimates. How can these disruptions be avoided in future crises, and how do we respond to acute problems within the value chain?

Gestión del riesgo en las cadenas de suministro globales

Caso práctico impartido por Ed Weenk PDEng Y Michiel Steeman PhD

El estallido del Coronavirus ha desafiado enormemente las cadenas de suministro globales. A medida que se producen desorganizaciones locales desde la fabricación a la distribución, las cadenas de suministro enteras se ven afectadas. La escala de estas rupturas de cadenas es tremenda, de acuerdo con las últimas estimaciones de Fortune, un 75% del total de empresas estadounidenses están afectadas por este tipo de problemas en sus cadenas de suministro. ¿Cómo se pueden evitar estas rupturas en crisis futuras, y cómo respondemos a problemas graves en la cadena de valor?

Risikomanagment in globalen Lieferketten

Fallstudie von Ed Weenk PDEng & Michiel Steeman PhD

Der Ausbruch des Coronavirus war eine große Herausforderung für die globalen Lieferketten. Lokale Störungen in der Herstellung und im Vertrieb betreffen ganze Supply Chains. Das Ausmaß dieser Erschütterungen ist enorm. Nach den neuesten Schätzungen von Fortune sind 75% aller US-Unternehmen von solchen Problemen in ihren Lieferketten betroffen. Wie können diese Ausfälle in zukünftigen Krisen vermieden werden und wie reagieren wir auf akute Probleme in der Wertschöpfungskette?

Gérer les risques de la supply chain globale

Cas pratique par Ed Weenk PDEng & Michiel Steeman PhD

La crise du coronavirus a mis à rude épreuve les supply chains mondiales. On le sait: lorsque se produit une perturbation localisée au niveau de l’approvisionnement, de la fabrication ou de la distribution, c’est l’ensemble de la supply chain qui est potentiellement touchée. Les conséquences de la crise actuelle du covid-19 sur les supply chains est énorme: 75% des entreprises américaines font état de problèmes de supply chains, selon les dernières estimations de Fortune. Comment éviter ces dysfonctionnements lors de crises futures et comment réagir face aux événements critiques impactant la chaîne de valeur?

Gestione dei Rischi nelle Supply Chain Globali

Caso realizzato da Ed Weenk PDEng & Michiel Steeman PhD

La diffusione del Coronavirus ha reso Particolarmente sfidante la gestione delle supply chain globali. Intere supply chain sono state colpite a catena da improvvisi eventi locali. L’impatto di questi eventi e’ stato enorme: il 75% delle imprese americane ha avuto problemi legati alla supply chain, secondo le ultime stime di Fortune. Come si possono gestire al meglio gli eventi di crisi, e come possiamo rispondere a gravissimi problemi della value chain?