From the Director's desk

14 March 2019

Welcome to the first edition of Supply Chain Link for 2019. We wish you a happy and prosperous year.

In this newsletter, we will profile a couple of members and highlight upcoming events, as usual. You will read about the event we had since last newsletter and some thoughts on collaboration from our Associate Director, Marcus Rinaldi. We are also trying something new, which is linking to some content we think you might find interesting. In particular, we have linked to the interview of the Harvard Business Review with Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline and The Necessary Revolution. You can also watch Alan Amling talk on the Future of Delivery in our new On-Demand Economy.

On the topic of his research, Dr Jaeseok Lee, a lecturer in the Department of Information Systems and Operation Management, discusses his perspective on issues and remedies for knowledge outsourcing in the supply chain. Further, Liz May, former General Manager of Logistics for Countdown, tells us about collaborating to improve supply chain health and safety. Lastly, one of our PhD students, Diep N. Ly, provides an article explaining her research on “Financial Metrics that predict Supply Chain Effectiveness”.

In February, the Centre for Supply Chain Management in collaboration with Executive Education and KPMG held an event to bring together women who are working in supply chain roles in New Zealand to discuss opportunities and barriers in their career.

The centre is planning new activities and After 5’s events in the next few months. Most notably, on 10 April we will be hosting a breakfast event examining how blockchain is transforming the supply chain with blockchain expert Alex Sims and Semanie Cato from Centrality, who is leading some cutting-edge projects on the blockchain. Keep this morning free in your diary with more details to come soon. We have an After 5’s event on 17 April with Mark Powell, a Professional Director on the board of ASX and NZX-listed businesses and private companies. Finally, our new cohort for the Strategic Supply Chain Executive programme is shaping up well, with applications due by Friday 1 April 2019: Please watch your email and do feel free to forward our announcements to anyone you feel may be interested.

Warm Regards,


Professor Tava Olsen
Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Management