Well, despite my constant pleading that I’m not a techy guy – anything I do is trial and error an a LOT of help from HT2 I’m now working on building a ‘community’ around all things supply chain. This will include wikis, FAQs, discussion threads, video, online tutorials, Macromedia Captivate guides to various aspects of project management, podcasts and videocasts … plus venturing into webinars (synchronous) possibly using WebEx.
Obviously the ‘build it and they will come’ approach is driving us on this but not only do we want content producers (in other words people to write or say things about supply chain subject matter) but we also want volunteers to be technical editors to help support some of the tougher stuff we’re plannign to experiment with. As I said, its voluntary as we’re doing it for academic purposes but what’s wrong with sacrificing many hours of your life for the greater good of the world??!!
The intention is to try to bridge the divides between four broad (and overlapping) constituencies – academia, practice, expert and novice. For example, so many times we see organizations trying to implement ‘lean’ practices and wondering why they screw up. We then see researchers repeatedly saying – ‘lean principles are great, but they are NOT a panacea’...just see my Warwick Business School colleagues Radnor and Walley on this for example. So my concern is—if academia has both questions and answers, why are the practitioners not heeding their words of wisdom. Jeez, you wouldn’t expect to go to a physician and find that she prescribes an analgesic no matter what your symptoms: yet that is precisely what industry and public sector are doing.
Well, that’s the ideology anyway!
So, all comments welcome.