Professor Yossi Sheffi is Director of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (MIT CTL), and Director and Founder of the Master of Engineering in Logistics Program. He is a faculty member of the MIT Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as well as the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. He is a global expert in systems optimization, risk analysis, and supply chain management. Additionally, he is the author of a textbook Urban Transportation Networks: Equilibrium Analysis with Mathematical Programming Methods (1985) and six management books: The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage (2005); Logistics Clusters: Delivering Value and Driving Growth (2012); The Power of Resilience: How the Best Companies Manage the Unexpected (2015); ); Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in Business (and When Not to) (2018); and The New (Ab)Normal: Reshaping Business and Supply Chain Strategy Beyond Covid-19 (2020). His sixth and latest book, is A Shot in the Arm: How Science, Engineering, and Supply Chains Converged to Vaccinate the World (October 2021).
Under his leadership, the MIT CTL has launched many educational, research, and industry/government outreach programs, including the MIT Master of Engineering in Logistics program in 1998, the MIT Master of Applied Sciences in Supply Chain Management, and the MIT on-line offering the MITx MicroMasters program in supply chain management. (Launched in 2016, it has enrolled more than 350,000 learners in 196 countries.)
Prof. Sheffi launched an international expansion of MIT CTL, establishing academic logistics and supply chain management centers around the world. These include the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program in Spain launched in 2003, the Center for Latin America Logistics Innovation launched in 2007, the Malaysia Center for Supply Chain Innovation launched in 2012, the Luxembourg Center of Logistics launched in 2015, and the Ningbo Supply Chain Institute in China launched in 2016. Collectively these centers operate as the MIT Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence (SCALE) global network which he leads.
Outside academia, Dr. Sheffi has consulted with numerous governments and leading manufacturing, retail and transportation enterprises all over the world. He has also founded or co-founded five successful companies: LogiCorp (acquired by Ryder in 1994); PTCG (acquired by Sabre in 1996); e-Chemicals (acquired by AspenTech in 2001); Logistics.com (acquired by Manhattan Associates in 2003), and Syncra Systems (acquired by Oracle in 2004).
Dr. Sheffi has been recognized in numerous ways in academic and industry forums, including the 1997 Distinguished Service Award given by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. In addition, he a life fellow of Cambridge University’s Clare Hall College.
The U.S. and Western Supply Chain: What It Takes to Put Humpty Dumpty Back Together Again
The enormity of the supply chain disruption in 2021 in the U.S. and worldwide is no secret. 11th-hour government and industry actions improved things a bit for the holidays, but by how much? How much better could things have been with greater foresight and planning?
What will 2022 look like? How sensitive is inflation and GDP to controllable supply-chain factors? Will the supply-chain employment outlook improve? Which Americans and industries are most vulnerable to supply-chain snafus? Can Covid and climate yet wreak havoc on supply-chain, or do we now know how to manage through them? What software fixes are in the offing? Are they revolutionary or merely evolutionary? Who are the leading developers? Is the U.S.’s and world’s supply chain radically changing due to realignment and disengagement from China, or is re-alignment more fiction than fact? How resilient is America?
Adapt to the chaotic global pandemic, unpredictable ecosystem! The New (Ab)normal
Professor Yossi Sheffi talks about supply chain, manufacturing, resiliency, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global ecosystem.
Transformation to Manage Supply Chain Shock
The challenges of maintaining complex supply chains in a turbulent trading environment are well known to shipping and logistics executives. Yet in the last two years, years’ worth of change has taken place in mere months, digitizing the supply chain and adapting to supply chain shocks. With executives increasingly seeking greater efficiency through automation and artificial intelligence, and customers demanding personalized, bespoke supply chain management tools, can this technological leap solve multiple problems at once?
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