Supply Chain Management’s Skills Shortage

Supply chain management is currently contending with a severe shortage of suitable employees. There are simply not enough people being trained in this field to take over the vacancies as current supply chain managers head into retirement. The problem extends far beyond not having enough people, however. Experts believe that the current talent shortage seen in the industry can only be addressed if there a shift in thinking in academia as well as at the corporate level to help develop talent that is capable of collaborating in modern supply chains.

Many skill shortages tend to arise from people being unable to keep up with rapidly evolving new technologies, but in this case, it’s the skills required to be a good supply chain leader that are lacking. At the heart of the problem is the fact that not all people work well in team settings, and indeed it’s often people with leadership training who have embraced a highly individualistic approach. This might be a good quality in many types of leaders, but supply chain management requires logistics professionals who can work as part of a cohesive unit.

Thinking Outside the Box

Another problem is a lack of innovation. As customers become increasingly demanding when it comes to service and quick delivery, innovation is needed to find new ways to keep them happy. The ability to think outside the box and veer from what is typically taught in universities can help leaders make a real difference and turn their operations into a tremendous success.

It’s not fair to blame aspiring supply chain managers for this state of affairs; the truth is that they are simply not being given the right tools to shine in these roles. Firms that want to hire the right talent need to ensure they can provide them with the tools needed to refine their skills. The main question that should be asked of candidates, therefore, is what they plan to do in order to make a difference.

This blog post was based off of an article from Logistics Tech Outlook. View the original here.

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