The Integrated Supply Chain Management Program (ISCM) is a consortium
of non-competing companies that was started in January 1995 by
a group of faculty and staff from the Sloan School of Management
and the Center for Transportation & Logistics, where the Program
is currently managed. The purpose of the program is to accelerate
the implementation of supply chain management principles within
the sponsor companies, and to advance the state of the art of
supply chain management.
The ISCM Program enables sponsors to learn about the state-of-the-art
and future supply chain practices in two main ways:
1. Facilitating best-practice-sharing and exchange among sponsors.
ISCM sponsors share their own best-practices and develop a
collective wisdom at ISCM events. The learnings are practical,
reality-based and tested by real companies. We capture learnings
from each event in a knowledge summary, enabling sponsors to
quickly share learnings across their respective organizations.
The primary vehicle for facilitating sharing and exchange are
Quarterly Sponsor Collaboration Events. Each quarter, ISCM sponsors
meet to share learnings, research findings and penetrate a specific
set of supply chain issues. Event themes and topics are selected
by sponsors. Each event respectively focuses on different aspects
of improving how the supply chain integrates internally (with
various functional areas, including manufacturing, procurement,
planning and distribution) and externally with customers, suppliers
Because the sponsors do not include competing companies,
consulting companies or software providers, the exchange among
the sponsors tends to be open, honest and very practical.
2. Creating new supply chain knowledge through ISCM and MIT
research projects (see
our Current Agenda).
The ISCM Program funds research projects focused on creating
knowledge for sustainable supply chain improvement. ISCM research
projects explore unsolved supply chain problems, infusing new
technologies with innovative approaches. The ISCM Program also
leverages existing supply chain research at MIT to bring new
knowledge to sponsors. Research projects range in size and scope,
from detailed and company-specific to broad and cross-industry.
We welcome companies interested in research and exchange to improve
their supply chain performance. Please contact us if you would
like to learn more about how your company can participate and
benefit from our work.