Industry-Focused White Papers

The Global Supply Chain Institute’s white papers, written and researched by the University of Tennessee’s globally ranked faculty, explore supply chain trends and challenges and discuss innovative approaches to supply chain management to reveal today’s best practices. Research from these white papers has appeared in leading business and industry publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Supply Chain Management Review and DC Logistics.

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Winning Supply Chain Transformational Leadership Practices

April, 2022
Identifying what capabilities supply chain leaders need to keep their organizations on the right track in the 2020s and beyond
Understanding and Valuing the Impact of Agility in Your Supply Chain Cover

Understanding and Valuing the Impact of Agility in Your Supply Chain

March, 2022
PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO DEVELOP AGILITY AND RESPOND TO UNEXPECTED EVENTS
White Paper Cover: Unlocking Value Through Sustainable Procurement

Unlocking Value Through Sustainable Procurement

October, 2021
Sustainable Procurement and Supply Chain Management: A 7-Pillar Framework Unlocking Value Through Sustainable Procurement: The Capability Shift from What is Right to Competitive Advantage   Download Now
White Paper Cover: When Is(n't) Blockchain Right?

When Is(n’t) Blockchain Right?

April, 2021
A decision guide for supply chain professionals.
White Paper Cover: Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains

Advancing E2E Agile Resiliency in Supply Chains

January, 2021
This leadership guide offers practical and contemporary insights on adding E2E Agile Resiliency Capabilities into your supply chain design requirements.
White Paper Cover: Future Trends Shaping Transportation

Future Trends Shaping Transportation

November, 2020
This white paper scans the future of the transportation industry and offers insights into the challenges facing it, as well as predictions about the road ahead.
White Paper Cover: End-to-End Supply Chain Synchronization: Orchestrating a Winning Strategy

End-to-End Supply Chain Synchronization: Orchestrating a Winning Strategy

April, 2020
Benchmark supply chains are early adopters of end-to-end strategies (E2E) that create competitive advantages. To maintain competitive advantage, leading companies are now working to synchronize their “three Ps,” physical assets, business processes and people systems, with their core business drivers. The goal? Achieving total value in the supply chain.
White Paper Cover: EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment

EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment

April, 2020
The environment – natural, political, business – is increasingly unpredictable. Given such uncertainty, how can supply chain leaders assess risk and measure supply chain capability globally? With the new EPIC Global Supply Chain Readiness Index 2020, leaders will gain greater visibility into an uncertain world, allowing them to plan and prepare accordingly. The EPIC structure […]
White Paper Covers: Managing Cyber Risks in Global Supply Chains: The Four Fundamentals

Managing Cyber Risks in Global Supply Chains: The Four Fundamentals

April, 2020
Cybersecurity threats are a growing, technologically advanced risk to global supply chains. Yet, too many supply chain managers continue to react to these threats in 20th-century ways. The paper focuses on the best practices to reducing cyber risk across the end-to-end, integrated supply chain. Based on interviews with cyber experts from more than 30 organizations, […]
White Paper Cover: Young Professional Women’s Perspectives on Supply Chain Diversity and Inclusion

Young Professional Women’s Perspectives on Supply Chain Diversity and Inclusion

November, 2019
Women make up 40 percent of the workforce in supply chain organizations, yet only 15 percent of these firms have female representation at the executive levels, recent research shows. To help understand this disparity, our latest white paper reports on the experiences of new women supply chain professionals and those just entering the workforce. The […]
White Paper Cover: High Performance Organization (HPO) Best Practices: People are the Heart of the Supply Chain

High Performance Organization (HPO) Best Practices: People are the Heart of the Supply Chain

November, 2019
What will it take for businesses to perform at a high level in the supply chain and hold a competitive advantage over their rivals in the next decade? High performance organizations (HPOs) align their values with their business and cultural objectives, and their leaders ensure they keep that alignment by adhering to best practices. Those […]
White Paper Cover: End-to-End Supply Chain Planning Framework and Key Concepts: Why Planning is the “Brains” of the Supply Chain

End-to-End Supply Chain Planning Framework and Key Concepts: Why Planning is the “Brains” of the Supply Chain

April, 2019
In a world of increasingly complex supply chains, companies must learn to adhere to detailed planning that integrates supply and demand plans at strategic and tactical levels. This study advocates for the central role of planning in global supply chains.
White Paper Cover: Driving Shareholder Value with Your Supply Chain Insights to Help Unlock Value across Your Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage

Driving Shareholder Value with Your Supply Chain: Insights to Help Unlock Value across Your Supply Chain for Competitive Advantage

April, 2019
While supply chains are increasingly recognized as vital to corporate finance and risk mitigation, not all supply chain managers yet understand the need to be total business leaders and provide growth solutions. The institute’s new white paper aims to mitigate the issue.
White Paper Cover: Supply Chain Integration Strategy Best Practices: Redefining the Value Derived from End-to-End, Integrated Supply Chains

Supply Chain Integration Strategy Best Practices: Redefining the Value Derived from End-to-End, Integrated Supply Chains

November, 2018
This study seeks to answer the question “Is end-to-end supply chain integration the right strategy for your business?” It details why leadership is critical to success in this endeavor at any level and is supplemented with an integration tool kit.
White Paper Cover: End-to-End Supply Chain Collaboration Best Practices: Creating Supply Chain Value by Working Together

End-to-End Supply Chain Collaboration Best Practices: Creating Supply Chain Value by Working Together

May, 2018
Sponsored by Maine Pointe. Revised June 2018 with updated research from the Vested program.
White Paper Cover: Advanced Demand/Supply Integration (DSI) Best Practices: Why S&OP Has Largely Not Been Effective in Last Four Decades

Advanced Demand/Supply Integration (DSI) Best Practices: Why S&OP Has Largely Not Been Effective in Last Four Decades

April, 2018
Sponsored by HAVI – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee
White Paper Cover: A Savvy Guide to the Digital Supply Chain: How to Evaluate and Leverage Technology to Build a Supply Chain for the Digital Age

A Savvy Guide to the Digital Supply Chain: How to Evaluate and Leverage Technology to Build a Supply Chain for the Digital Age

April, 2018
Sponsored by IBM – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee.
White Paper Cover: New Product Initiative Best Practices: Driving Incremental Value through Proactive Supply Chain Involvement

New Product Initiative Best Practices: Driving Incremental Value through Proactive Supply Chain Involvement

October, 2017
Driving incremental value through proactive supply chain involvement. Sponsored by Bush Brothers and Company.
White Paper Cover: New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices: The Application of New Technology in the Physical Supply Chain

New Supply Chain Technology Best Practices: The Application of New Technology in the Physical Supply Chain

April, 2017
The application of new technology in the physical supply chain. Sponsored by Kenco Logistics and JDA.
White Paper Cover: Creating a Transparent Supply Chain Best Practices: How to Enhance a Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts through Transparency

Creating a Transparent Supply Chain Best Practices: How to Enhance a Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts through Transparency

November, 2016
How to Enhance Sustainable Supply Chain Efforts Through Transparency
White Paper Cover: Selecting and Managing a Third-Party Logistics Provider: Best Practices

Selecting and Managing a Third-Party Logistics Provider: Best Practices

January, 2016
Sponsored by KENCO Logistics
White Paper Cover: Platform Life Cycle Management Best Practices: Building Profits through Simplification, Standardization, Speed, and Scale

Platform Life Cycle Management Best Practices: Building Profits through Simplification, Standardization, Speed, and Scale

December, 2015
Sponsored by Mondelēz International
White Paper Cover: Transportation 2025 MegaTrends and Current Best Practices: Navigating in a Digital Economy

Transportation 2025 MegaTrends and Current Best Practices: Navigating in a Digital Economy

April, 2015
Sponsored by Proctor & Gamble.
White Paper Cover: Supply Chain Talent: Our Most Important Resource

Supply Chain Talent: Our Most Important Resource

April, 2015
Sponsored by Ryder – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee
White Paper Cover: The ABCs of DCs - Distribution Center Management: A Best Practices Overview

The ABCs of DCs – Distribution Center Management: A Best Practices Overview

February, 2015
Sponsored by Kenco – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee
White Paper Cover: Global Supply Chains

Global Supply Chains

November, 2014
Sponsored by BT Global – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennessee
White Paper Cover: Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain

April, 2014
Sponsored by UPS Capital – A Report by the Supply Chain Management Faculty at the University of Tennesse
White Paper Cover: Bending the Chain: The Surprising Challenge of Integrating Purchasing and Logistics

Bending the Chain: The Surprising Challenge of Integrating Purchasing and Logistics

April, 2014
Sponsored by IBM
White Paper Cover: Game-Changing Trends in Supply Chain

Game-Changing Trends in Supply Chain

April, 2013
Annual report