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According to Chad Autry, the department head of supply chain management at Haslam College of Business, mapping the origins of each piece, and the conditions under which they were assembled, is a necessary next step in improving accountability, but it isn’t a standard practice because it’s difficult and “defeats some of the cost effectiveness of outsourcing.”
Second, around the same time Paul Dittmann and the late Tom Mentzer of the University of Tennessee, along with Reuben Slone, now head of Walgreen's supply chain, wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review asking CEOs if they were the weakest link in their company's supply chain.
Supply Chain Digest
The Department of Marketing & Supply Chain is built around the symbiotic relationship between two disciplines. Chad Autry, department head, explains how both are integrated in the Haslam curriculum.
Our faculty take leadership roles through publications, outreach, curriculum development, and guiding top professional organizations.
Companies can create competitive advantages by collaborating both internally between departments and externally with non-competing businesses.