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The ISCM Program has funded a number of projects over recent years, and is currently funding several projects.




CTL Port Resilience Project - part of the DHS-funded Center of Excellence, "The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce"

Supply Chain Response Project at CTL


Emerging Market Supply Chains, a research study by Dr. Edgar Blanco
- 2007 event
- 2006 briefing on "New Breed of Supply Chain"

  Demand Management



Auto-ID Application in the Supply Chain

This research project has several facets and sub-projects, some of which are described in the spreadsheet list of student projects. In general, the projects include:

- Smart Objects Study: This entails several studies being examining the benefits of unit level traceability in the manufacturing and logistics processes. Several specific studies on-site are being conducted, each of which will contribute to a broader study being done with Stanford University to understand the potential long-term and disruptive impact of RFID on the supply chain.

- Study of RFID application across leading practitioners and early-adopters,

- Study of RFID application in the logistics processes at consumer products manufacturers, including the linkage through to the trade customer

Clockspeed - Supply Chain Design in the Internet Age

This research project entails applying and further developing the analytical supply chain design processes and principles presented in the book “Clockspeed” by Professor Charles Fine. Professor Fine will make site visits to ISCM sponsors to apply and further these supply chain design concepts. To date Prof. Fine has conducted five "Clockspeed' sessions with ISCM sponsors. Much of the focus is on how new technologies and information systems integration are affecting business and supply chain design (outsourcing, strategy).

Network Master & Multi-Tier Supply Chain Coordination

This research project led by Jim Rice studied how companies could coordinate flows across the supply network. See the project site for downloads including the Supply Chain versus Supply Chain: The Hype and the Reality article published in Supply Chain Management Review - Sept-Oct 2001.

The work entailed developing a vision of possible structures and we envision one possibility as a 'Network Master' (click here for a white paper on this) although this role may actually be played by multiple parties as opposed to the single, most powerful 'channel master' that many describe today.

Creating Lasting Values in Supply Chain Collaboration - Project conducted by the MIT Integrated Supply Chain Management Program in collaboration with the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum (under the direction of Prof. Hau Lee.

This research project seeks to gain a deeper understanding on how collaborative efforts can be developed, their impacts be measured and valued, and continuing relationships can be maintained and improved. The research will be based on case studies of a few collaborative efforts between selected sponsors from different industries and their respective key customer and supplier partners. The case studies will help to gain insights and to develop hypotheses on strategies to create lasting values in supply chain collaboration.

Supply Chain Visualization

This project entails the development of an interactive supply chain learning and design tool with a tangible user interface, a process knowledge database (SCPH) and a system dynamics model to provide a user the opportunity to ‘visualize’ the supply chain across multiple companies. The work is focused on developing the system to enables multiple users to simultaneously build, adjust, exercise and assess the performance of various supply chain designs. Lead researchers from four MIT Centers are collaborating on this project to develop what we are calling 'the magic table' - Prof. Thomas Malone of the Center for Coordination Science, Prof. Hiroshi Ishii of the Media Lab Tangible Media Group, Dr. Jim Hines of the System Dynamics Group and Jim Rice of the Center for Transportation & Logistics.

The Supply Chain Process Handbook

This project entails continued work with the MIT Sloan School Center for Coordination Science (CCS) in developing the Supply Chain Process Handbook (SCPH). This SCPH is a proprietary web-based tool that serves both practical purposes (a supply chain knowledge repository) and high-level purposes (a supply chain process redesign tool). See attached page for additional information about the SCPH project. This entails access for the ISCM sponsors to the proprietary knowledge and an active plan to develop ISCM cases to illustrate the supply chain process redesign capabilities of the SCPH. (See attached page for additional information about the SCPH project).




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