Diversity and Inclusion in Supply Chain Management

How to Support Women in the Workplace

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

A White Paper by the University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute 


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Authors:Diane Mollenkopf, PhD; Mary Long
Date: November, 2019

What’s Inside

In an increasingly challenging and complex global environment, supply chain management research shows that talent should be an organization’s top priority. It also suggests that diversity is a critical component of agility and success. A study by Boston Consulting Group showed that companies with more diverse management teams have 19%  higher revenue due to innovation. Additional research clearly indicates that recruiting, retaining, and developing diverse leadership teams leads to higher levels of organizational success. 

So why is it that only 15% of supply chain organizations employ women—who make up 40% of all talent—at executive levels? And how do we fix this disparity? 

This white paper is dedicated to understanding the experiences of early-career female supply chain professionals. By taking a close look at women in the workplace during the early stages of their careers, we intend to provide supply chain leaders insights into how to better manage and improve gender diversity within organizational structures and culture. From onboarding to retention, you’ll uncover insights, and a framework, to thrive in the areas of workplace diversity, revenue, and long-term shareholder value.

Within this white paper download, you will find: 

  • Useful facts, figures, and research on gender equity and inclusion in supply chain organizations 
  • Proof points highlighting discrimination and microaggressions towards women in the workplace 
  • Research findings, interviews, and insights about young women in the supply chain management field 
  • Recruitment and retention strategies 
  • Targeted plans to increase female diversity in supply chain management, such as setting specific cultural goals and plans, exploring flexible work policies, and ensuring effective recruiting and onboarding best practices 
  • Implementation guidance for how to empower supply chain talent while building a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • A tactical framework for achieving excellence for women in supply chain operations, management, and education 

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Who This White Paper is Primarily For: Global Supply Chain Managers, Corporate CEOs, Chief Supply Chain Officers, Chief Procurement Officers, Supply Chain Leaders, Supply Chain Professionals, Supply Chain Students, and Women in the Workplace.

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