5 Best Supply Chain Management Books for Executives

Are you an executive who is looking for a practical book about supply chain management? In this article, we will show you 5 best supply chain management books.

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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.

Supply Chain Management Books Ranking

To provide the book recommendations, 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.

- Check the sales rank of each book on Amazon.com.

- Check the quality of books we have in our own library.

- Make a shortlist of 20 books. 

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

Best Supply Chain Management Books are 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 systems 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. The Supply Chain Revolution: Innovative Sourcing and Logistics for a Fiercely Competitive World by Suman Sarkar

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. Supply Chain Transformation: Building and Executing an Integrated Supply Chain Strategy by J. Paul Dittmann

This book provides you with 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.

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" process, 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: August 30, 2021
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Ben Benjabutr is the editor of BookWorm4Life. He holds a Master's Degree in business with 10+ years of work experience and 8+ years of experience in blogging and online content production. He enjoys reading books about business, lifestyle and literature and he loves to share what he learns from books. You can drop him a line via e-mail.