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Strategies for Complex Supply Networks

By David Loseby MCIOB (Chartered CM), FAPM, FCMI, FCIPS Chartered, FRSA

It will come as no great surprise that supply networks are complex and some significantly more than others. A recent research project highlighted sectors such as construction; oil & gas and utilities (including offshore wind power) in particular, can add or reduce complexity in their supply networks, depending on how the emergence of supply network is “controlled”.

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