Supply Chain in Emerging Markets
How iSimPlan and DDMRP can be used to Overcome the Skills Gaps in your Supply Chain
The field of supply chain management is facing a skills crisis in both established and emerging markets, with demand for skilled supply chain professionals exceeding supply six to one . This crisis is occurring at the same time as the field needs skilled professionals more than ever, as it is becoming one of the most critical areas for overall business success in all markets . This situation has occurred because supply chains have become increasingly complex and customer-centric , the roles of supply chain managers changing , , and a large proportion of the expertise in this field being contained in supply chain personnel at or past retirement age . This skills gap has been felt at all levels of the supply chain, from picker/ packers to senior management . In emerging markets, this skills gap is exacerbated by lower literacy levels and limited access to education , . In addition, those individuals who do receive supply chain specific education often gain the knowledge needed to understand the supply chain, but not the skills required to be effective supply chain personnel . These have been addressed to some extent by both government and private upskilling initiatives, however, the success of these has been limited due to ineffective inter-departmental collaboration and bureaucratic delays . In order to address the skills
- Generic: Tasks performed in a wide range of occupations.
- Specific: Tasks performed in one or a few occupation types (cannot be defined generically).
- Cognitive: Tasks requiring thinking activities such as problem-solving.
- Interactive: Tasks requiring all types of communication and/or cooperation.
- Physical: Tasks requiring dexterity or stamina.
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