Understanding Data

April 30, 2010

For most people living in the developed world (and many people living in the developing world), the information age has … Continued

Leadership and Development

April 29, 2010

In a recent op-ed piece, New York Times' columnist Nicholas Kristof asked the question, "Why is Africa poor?" ["Young Superheroes … Continued

More Support for a System Administration Force

April 28, 2010

For readers unfamiliar with the term "System Administration Force," it refers to a government force primarily consisting of civilians whose … Continued

Walmart, MasterCard, and Visa Ramp Up e-Commerce

April 27, 2010

Electronic commerce using the internet is certainly not new; but it is growing. Walmart just announced that it is beefing … Continued

Still Searching for Global Leadership

April 26, 2010

Four years ago I posted a blog entitled The Need for Global Leadership. In that post, I wrote: “Genuine global … Continued

Best Practice Supply Chains Adapt to Local Conditions

April 23, 2010

Lora Cecere, while working at AMR Research, posted a blog about a keynote speech she heard at a supply chain … Continued

Syria Old and New

April 22, 2010

Portions of the modern state of Syria rest in what has been labeled the cradle of civilization. New excavations there … Continued

A Kick in the Ash for Supply Chains

April 21, 2010

Unless you have been completely isolated from the news, you are aware that a volcanic eruption in Iceland brought air … Continued

“Sustainomics”: Agriculture and the Supply Chain

April 20, 2010

Suppliers, distributors, retailers, and consumers are finding that the world is becoming ever more complex and interconnected. You hear a … Continued

Supermarket Wars

April 19, 2010

In a post entitled Walmart and the Food Supply Chain, I discussed how Walmart had triggered a price war between … Continued

Effective Philanthropy

April 16, 2010

Aristotle once wrote, "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime." That sentiment has echoed through history's halls — yet … Continued

Resilient Supply Chains

April 15, 2010

In a recent blog post, Lora Cecere noted that too many companies have been pursuing supply chain efficiency instead of … Continued

South to South Relationships begin to Strengthen

April 14, 2010

If you need evidence that the world is changing, you might want to look at the fact that so-called BRIC … Continued

Ethics and Trust in the Business World

April 13, 2010

In several past posts, I've noted that the global economy relies on trust. Whenever credit is extended or a contract … Continued

Development at Home

April 12, 2010

Normally when I write about development I discuss development in impoverished countries. The so-called Great Recession, however, has shed light … Continued

Immigration and Progress

April 9, 2010

Although the debate over health care reform has grabbed most of the political headlines in the United States over the … Continued

Making the World Safe for Women

April 8, 2010

One of the oldest objects of worship known to man is small figurine carved out of oolitic limestone that has … Continued

Port Efficiency and Secure Information Sharing are Keys to International Trade

April 7, 2010

Anyone who follows activities in either the supply chain or shipping sectors knows that the shipping industry has been suffering … Continued

The Power of Culture

April 6, 2010

The Victorian Scottish historian and essayist, Thomas Carlyle, once wrote: “Culture is the process by which a person becomes all … Continued

Traceable Supply Chains and Food Safety

April 5, 2010

Illnesses and deaths associated with tainted food are a constant concern for consumers, retailers, and suppliers. In addition to physical … Continued

Sharing Sensitive Information

April 2, 2010

Despite efforts to improve information sharing among intelligence organizations, headlines continue to trumpet the fact that gaps still exist [“Tribal … Continued

Tomorrow’s Toilets

April 1, 2010

At the close of yesterday’s post about washing machines and water, I indicated that I would next discuss how new … Continued