From the Director's desk

04 December 2018

Welcome to our last edition of Supply Chain Link for 2018. Personally, I can’t believe how quickly the year has flown by. Perhaps it is the same for everyone?

I do feel that this was a particularly busy year with the relaunch of our Strategic Supply Chain Management Executive Programme, which you can read about in this newsletter, as well as the events we have hosted since our last edition.

In October, the Centre for Supply Chain Management invited Scott Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer of Coda. He spoke about how collaboration and innovative ways of working can deliver incremental and sustainable value across the supply chain. It was a fascinating talk on fostering collaboration within the New Zealand supply chain.

In this newsletter, you will read about our “Industry Project” course in the ISOM department at the Business School and 2018 Operations and Supply Chain Management teaching highlights. We are now starting to see some pleasing growth in student interest in supply chain management.

We also have an article on Understanding Forced Labour Risks within the Supply Chain and some information on the IBM blockchain food safety programme.

Finally, I would like to express my great appreciation to all the CSCM team members, who collectively helped to co-ordinate the centre’s activities throughout the year. I give particular thanks to Alisha Castelino, our Centre coordinator, and wish her all the best for her upcoming maternity leave. Thanks also to Marcus Rinaldi, our Associate Director, who came on board in April and has been picking up steam ever since. Marcus also services as Principal Advisor of Business Productivity and Sustainability here at the Business School. Finally, thanks to Mahsa Boroushaki, our PhD student assistant for the Centre.

We would like to wish you all a great holiday season!

Warm Regards,


Professor Tava Olsen
Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Management