5 Best SCM Books for Supply Chain Executives

Previously I've covered the logistics books that SCM professionals should check out. In this article, I will show you the top 5 books that every supply chain executive should have on their bookshelf.

Since most top executives need to manage their time effectively, the format of the book is very important. The aim of this article is to identify some great books that demonstrate the key concepts and strategies in a clear and concise manner. To achieve this goal, I've conducted a data collection as below,

- Collect the name of the books appear on Amazon.com 

- Check how many times each book is cited by both scholarly articles and trade publications via Google Scholar 

- Make a shortlist of 20 books which have a high citation counts, ranging from 100-500 

- Carefully review each book and final 5 are selected based on the editorial opinion

The Results 
Five greatest books for supply chain executives, together with brief reviews, are listed in alphabetical order as below,

1) Essentials of Supply Chain Management by Michael Hugos 
A well-rounded resource for the executives who need to extend the control of operations beyond the functional walls. Basic concepts and strategies such as performance measurement, identification of improvement opportunities and development of supply chain system are presented succinctly.

2) Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain by Alan Harrison and Remko Van Hoek 
This book follows the format of the standard textbook but the contents are refined to fit the needs of busy executives. It consists of 4 parts, the value of logistics to customer/stakeholders, management of internal operations, collaboration/relationship management and long term outlook. Many chapters come with "action steps" that can be used to develop an action plan right away.

3) Managing the Supply Chain: The Definitive Guide for the Business Professional by David Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi-Lev
This book will show you how the advanced supply chain theories can be implemented via small case studies from many world's leading companies. Simply put, this book tells you what really works and this helps a lot with getting buy-in and corporate-wide support. 

4) Strategic Supply Chain Management: The Five Core Disciplines for Top Performance, Second Editon by Shoshanah Cohen and Joseph Roussel 
This book provides you with 5 key strategies that can bring your supply chain operations to the next level. Each chapter explains to you the current dominant practices and the next generation strategies that you can use to stay ahead of the game. At the end of each chapter, a comprehensive case study is provided.

5) Supply Chain Excellence: A Handbook for Dramatic Improvement Using the SCOR Model by Peter Bolstorff and Robert Rosenbaum 
This is the only book that provides a very comprehensive roadmap for supply chain performance improvement initiative. A hypothetical company named "Fowlers" is used to illustrate a "step-by-step" processes, from the team formation, determination of competitive priority, material flow analysis, information flow analysis and prioritization of an improvement plan.

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Last review and update: September 16, 2019
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