December 31, 2017

MBA Core Management Knowledge - One Year Revision Schedule


The blog contains articles on all management subjects developed using the most popular book on the subject. You can read articles on the sybject of your choice or use the following schedule.


One Year MBA Knowledge Revision Plan

Revision Schedule


Current Month -  April  


January  - February  - March  - April  - May   -   June

July       - August     - September  - October  - November  - December


Subject Details of Each Month



January  (Principles of Management)
February (P.of M & Marketing Management from 23 Feb 2015 )

March (Mktg. Mgmt. & Operations Management from 17 March 2015)
April  (Supply Chain Management and Financial & Cost Accounting)

May  (Management Accounting & Organizational Behavior)
June (Innovation, Industrial Engineering and Economics)

July  (Economics, Engineering Economics, & Managerial Ethics)
August    (Statistics, Quality and Six Sigma, OR & BRM)

September (HRM, Mentoring, Training, Maintenance, Energy & Environment Management)  -  October  (Information Technology and Management Information Systems, Logistics - Warehousing and Transport)

November (Strategic Management & Financial Management)
December (Business Laws, Negotiation, Taxes and Government Relations)

Subject                                               Revision Period

Principles of Management                15 January   to   19 February

Marketing Management                    22 February to   16 March

Operations Management                   17 March     to    2 April

Supply Chain Management                 3 April       to  15 April

Financial & Cost Accounting            16 April       to  12 May




I am participating in April A to Z Blogging Challenge and I am writing on the theme Top Management Challenges.

Top Management Challenges.


Article 1: Awareness of Environment
http://nraomtr.blogspot.com/2017/04/awareness-of-environment.html




Updated 1 April 2017.  22 February 2017,  10 December 2015




August 21, 2017

Supply Chain Management - Subject Update


Supply Chain Management - Revision Notes of All Chapters Based on Chopra and Meindl's Book


August 2017

10 ways big data is revolutionising supply chain management
https://www.cloudcomputing-news.net/news/2015/sep/07/10-ways-big-data-is-revolutionizing-supply-chain-management/

March 2016



Procurement Trends in India - ISM - India - 2016 Survey
http://ism-india.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Procurement-Trends-2016.pdf


Smart Supply Chains - IBM Paper
https://www.ibm.com/smarterplanet/global/files/se__sv_se__none__smarter-sc_v2.pdf

Adoption ABC Costing
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.627.9383&rep=rep1&type=pdf


Supply Chain Cost Cutting
http://www.percon.com/whitepapers/Supply_Chain_Cost-Cutting_Strategies.pdf  - 2007


M2M Model and Supply Chains
https://www.opto22.com/documents/1425_White_Paper_M2M_and_the_Supply_Chain.pdf

About Access Sup Chain Software
http://www.theaccessgroup.com/sectors/supply-chain/manufacturing/



May 2015


Supply Chain Engineering - Activity Based Cost Management
http://nraoiekc.blogspot.com/2015/05/supply-chain-engineering-activity-based.html



April 2015


Supply Chain Management - Coordination - Updated


March 2015


Selection of Supplier in a Two Stage Supply Chain - An Integer Linear Programming Approach
A. John Rajan, K. Ganesh, and K.N. Balan
https://www.academia.edu/8202258/SELECTION_OF_SUPPLIER_IN_A_TWO_STAGE_SUPPLY_CHAIN_-A_INTEGER_LINEAR_PROGRAMMING_APPROACH

Uploaded by A. John Rajan

Cost-effective supply chains: Optimizing product development through integrated design and sourcing
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/software/applications/plm/landingdtw/GW510_5097_00F_2.pdf

PWC Sup Chain survey results
http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/consulting-services/supply-chain/global-supply-chain-survey/


Efficient Transportation Logistics Can Reduce Other Supply Chain Costs
http://www.genco.com/Logistics-Articles/article.php?aid=800513154

January 2015



Top 25 Supply Chains of 2014


http://www.industryweek.com/top-25-supply-chains#slide-0-field_images-119891




25 Nestle


Innovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

August 2014 book - Collected articles. Appx 500 pages
You can download the full book from
https://hicl.org/sites/hicl.org/files/books/2014/blecker-2014-innovative-methods-logistics-and-supply-chain-management.pdf

IRMS|360 Enterprise Supply Chain Management Software


irms|360 Enterprise is designed to optimize efficiency at every level of the distribution supply chain. End-to-end visibility of products, people and process helps your organization achieve an unprecedented level of accountability. Higher visibility leads to absolute efficiency, improving customer satisfaction and increasing profits.

With off-the-shelf integration to industry leading manufacturing (MRP), enterprise (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) solutions, irms|360 Enterprise is a cloud-based solution that can be delivered over the web as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or can be delivered as an on-premise solution.

Best and All Time Best Supply Chain Management Books


- Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage by Charles H. Fine

- Designing and Managing the Supply Chain by David Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi-Levi

- Essentials of Supply Chain Management by Michael H. Hugos

- Logistics and Supply Chain Management by Martin Christopher

- Logistics Management and Strategy: Competing through the Supply Chain   by Alan Harrison and Remko Van Hoek

- Purchasing and Supply Chain Management by Robert Monczka, Robert Handfield, Larry Giunipero and James Patterson

- Purchasing and Supply Chain Management: Analysis, Strategy, Planning and Practice by Arjan J. Van Weele

- Strategic Supply Chain Management: The Five Core Disciplines for Top Performance by Shoshanah Cohen and Joseph Roussel

- Supply Chain Logistics Management by Donald Bowersox, David Closs and M. Bixby Cooper

- Supply Chain Management, Strategy, Planning and Operation by Sunil Chopra and Peter Meindl

- The Resilient Enterprise: Overcoming Vulnerability for Competitive Advantage  by Yossi Sheffi

http://www.supplychainopz.com/2013/03/supply-chain-management.html


Supply Chain Management  Subject Update - 2014




Updated on   22 August 2017,  8 March 2016, 8 Dec 2015






Digital Transformation of Business and Industrial Organizations - Subject Update







2017


Evolve Or Die: Why Digital Transformation Is More Important Than Ever
Four areas of focus for Digital transformation
http://www.brandquarterly.com/evolve-die-digital-transformation-important-ever

Davos 2017 - Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

World Economic Forum
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Published on 19 Jan 2017
http://www.weforum.org/
What is needed from the public and private sectors to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution benefits all of humanity?

- Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India
- Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Motors Company, USA
- Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Salesforce, USA; Young Global Leader Alumnus
- Shu Yinbiao, Chairman, State Grid Corporation of China, People's Republic of China
- Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, USA

Chaired by
- Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom



Davos 2017 - Press Conference: The Digital Transformation of Industries

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World Economic Forum,  Published on 19 Jan 2017
http://www.weforum.org/

The World Economic Forum launched the multi-year Digital Transformation of Industries Project in 2015 in partnership with Accenture. The project looks at how digital technologies like machine learning, cloud computing, and the internet of things are changing existing industries and creating entirely new ones. It makes recommendations to incumbents on how they can thrive in the new digital environment.

There are now hundreds of startups attacking traditional markets as a result of the democratization of technology, increased access to funds and a rising entrepreneurial culture. Start-ups are achieving scale far quicker than analogue companies ever did. Average Fortune 500 companies took 20 years to reach a market cap of $1 billion, Google managed it in eight years, and the likes of Uber, Snapchat and Xiaomi in three years or less. 88% of Fortune 500 companies from 1955 – 2015 no longer exist. Digital disruption has been a major driver of this, consequently Fortune 500 companies must use their considerable resources to fight off the attacks of leaner challengers and remain relevant in a digital age.

- Bruce Weinelt, Head of Digital Transformation, World Economic Forum
- Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Strategy and Sustainability, Accenture
- Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International Inc.
- Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Minister of Youth and Information Communication Technology,        Ministry of Youth and Information and Communication Technology of Rwanda

Moderated by
- Alem Tedeneke, Media Specialist, World Economic Forum LLC

2016


3 Industries That Will Be Transformed By AI, Machine Learning And Big Data In The Next Decade
Bernard Marr
SEP 27, 2016
Healthcare - Finance - Insurance

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bernardmarr/2016/09/27/3-industries-that-will-be-transformed-by-ai-machine-learning-and-big-data-in-the-next-decade/#2104a850183e

Digital Transformation Playbook

Prof. David Rogers, Columbia Business School
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June 2016, Columbia Business School

https://cup.columbia.edu/book/the-digital-transformation-playbook/9780231175449




Updated on  22 August 2017, 7 June 2017, 14 April 2017

Leadership - Subject Update




2017


August 2017

22 Qualities That Make a Great Leader
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/270486

June 2017

The 10 (and a Half) Commandments of Leadership

10 Questions Great Bosses ask periodically
https://leadingwithtrust.com/2017/04/30/10-questions-great-bosses-regularly-ask-their-people/

The Dynamics of 8 Different Styles of Leadership
April 11, 2017 - by  Paul E. Fein
https://www.td.org/Publications/Blogs/Management-Blog/2017/04/The-Dynamics-of-8-Different-Styles-of-Leadership

Four Behaviors That Define Successful Leaders
Elena Lytkina Botelho

May 2017

45 Questions Every Leader Should Answer

By Frank Sonnenberg
http://www.franksonnenbergonline.com/blog/45-questions-every-leader-should-answer/

Good Bosses Switch Between Two Leadership Styles

Jon Maner
Jon Maner is a professor of management and organizations at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
DECEMBER 05, 2016, HBR Article

The two styles are termed Dominance and Prestige. They could have been termed Single Person Dominance (Lone Boxer) and Team Decision Making (Foot Ball Team).
https://hbr.org/2016/12/good-bosses-switch-between-two-leadership-styles

Related
http://jon-maner-dev.squarespace.com/publications-case/the-essential-tension-between-leadership-and-power

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sex-murder-and-the-meaning-life/201606/what-kind-leader-are-you

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/01/bossy-vs-buddy-two-leadership-styles-each-with-its-place.html



2016

http://www.leadershipissues.com/

Leadership Freak - A popular blog on leadership      https://leadershipfreak.blog/

What Great Managers Do Daily

Ryan Fuller & Nina Shikaloff
HBR
DECEMBER 14, 2016
https://hbr.org/2016/12/what-great-managers-do-daily

Decoding Leadership: What really matters


Our most recent research, however, suggests that a small subset of leadership skills closely correlates with leadership success, particularly among frontline leaders. Using our own practical experience and searching the relevant academic literature, we came up with a comprehensive list of 20 distinct leadership traits. We did a survey and  found  that leaders in organizations with high-quality leadership teams typically displayed 4 of the 20 possible types of behavior; these 4, indeed, explained 89 percent of the variance between strong and weak organizations in terms of leadership effectiveness .

• Solving problems effectively: The process that precedes decision making is problem solving, when information is gathered, analyzed, and considered.

• Operating with a strong results orientation: Leadership is about not only developing and communicating a vision and setting objectives but also following through to achieve results. Leaders with a strong results orientation tend to emphasize the importance of efficiency and productivity and to prioritize the highest-value work.

• Seeking different perspectives: This trait is conspicuous in managers who monitor trends affecting organizations, grasp changes in the environment, encourage employees to contribute ideas that could improve performance, accurately differentiate between important and unimportant issues, and give the appropriate weight to stakeholder concerns. Leaders who do well on this dimension typically base their decisions on sound analysis and avoid the many biases to which decisions are prone.


2015





The Art of Giving and Receiving Advice.


Periodical
By: Garvin, David A.; Margolis, Joshua D. Harvard Business Review. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 93 Issue 1/2, p60-71.


Seeking and giving advice are central to effective leadership and decision making, and they require emotional intelligence, self-awareness, restraint, diplomacy, and patience on both sides. In this article, the authors argue that they are practical skills one  can learn and apply to great effect. The most common obstacles to effectively seeking and giving advice are  thinking one already has the answers, defining the problem poorly, and overstepping boundaries.  They  offer practical guidelines for getting past them.


Five stages of advising are identified: (1) finding the right fit; (2) developing a shared understanding; (3) crafting alternatives; (4) converging on a decision; and (5) putting advice into action. Each stage includes suggestions for seekers and for advisers.



The Authenticity Paradox. 

By: Ibarra, Herminia. Harvard Business Review. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 93 Issue 1/2, p52-59.

INSEAD professor Herminia Ibarra argues, a simplistic understanding of what authenticity means can limit leaders' growth and impact.  In this article, Ibarra explains how leaders can develop an "adaptively authentic" style.  It's OK to change tactics from one day to the next, she says by figuring  out what's right for the challenges and circumstances we face.




2014

July

The Skills Leaders Need at Every Level

by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman
HBR Blog Post
16 Skills are listed in order of importance. Top 7 are said to be important.

1. Inspires and motivates others.
2. Displays high integrity and honesty
3. Solves problems and analyzes issues
4. Drives for results
5. Communicates powerfully and prolifically
6. Collaborates and promotes teamwork
7. Builds relationships
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/07/the-skills-leaders-need-at-every-level/

Leadership Development Beyond Competencies: Moving to a Holistic Approach
Marian N. Ruderman, Cathleen Klerkin, and Carol Connelly
Center for Creative Leadership - White Paper
http://www.ccl.org/leadership/pdf/research/LeadershipDevelopmentCompetencies.pdf

Book review of Jane Dutton and Gretchen Spreitzer, How to Be a Positive Leader: Small Actions, Big Impact.
http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/kathryn-britton/2014073029174





2013

December

How to be a better boss?

Ask a person whether he wants to recommend his boss to his friends as the ideal boss to work under.
http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-to-be-a-better-boss/

May
Knowledge@Wharton article
Social Technology and the Changing Context of Leadership
Social technology is changing the way leaders do conversations with their group members especially in large organizations. The article presents ideas on this issue
http://wlp.wharton.upenn.edu/LeadershipDigest/social-technology.cfm

2012
Sloan Management Review Article Spring, March 2012

How to Become a Better Leader

The article describes Big 5 Personality factors and use of them in developing oneself as a better leader.
http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-to-become-a-better-leader/


Leadership Basic Articles

Organizational Behavior Articles

Theories of Leadership 
Cognitive Resources Theory of Leadership
Leadership Styles, Roles, Activities, Skills and Development

Principles of Management Articles


Updated  22 August 2017,  24 June 2017,  6 June 2017,  29 May 2017,  22 February 2017, 6 December 2016, 12 October 2016, 10 December 2015

Design Thinking - Introduction




Design Thinking: Understand Phase
https://academy.autodesk.com/inspiration/blog/hands-design-thinking-understand-phase

Design Thinking: Explore Phase
https://academy.autodesk.com/inspiration/blog/hands-design-thinking-explore-phase


In his 1969 seminal text on design methods, “The Sciences of the Artificial,” Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon outlined one of the first formal models of the Design Thinking process. Simon's model consists of seven major stages, each with component stages and activities, and was largely influential in shaping some of the most widely used Design Thinking process models today.

A five-stage model was proposed by the Hasso-Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (d.school). d.school is the leading university when it comes to teaching Design Thinking. The five stages of Design Thinking in this model are as follows:

Empathise, Define (the problem), Ideate, Prototype, and Test.

A process guide describes the stages in more detail. Download: An Introduction to Design Thinking - Process Guide

Five stage explanation - Another article
https://www.interaction-design.org/literature/article/5-stages-in-the-design-thinking-process



IBM Design Thinking

https://www.ibm.com/design/thinking/

Marketing Management Subject Update




Marketing Management Revision Article Series



2017

5 Ways Words Can Destroy Your Marketing Messages (And How to Fix Them)
Use these copywriting tips to improve your marketing messages and ensure you don't lose sales or money on your marketing investments.
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/298766



There is No Luck. Only Good Marketing.

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TEDx Talks

Article in HBR on Organization of Marketing Department
https://hbr.org/2014/07/the-ultimate-marketing-machine

Developing a marketing plan  (interesting information is in the article)
http://canadabusiness.ca/managing-your-business/marketing-and-sales/marketing-basics/developing-a-marketing-plan/

Key competencies for general sales effectiveness
By Amir Qureshi
12 December 2016
https://www.thomasinternational.net/en-gb/blog/december-2016/key-competencies-for-general-sales-effectiveness/


Dec 2016

https://medium.com/context/tagged/best-of-2016


March 2016

Marketing Managers' Salary Guide for USA - 2016
https://www.ama.org/career/Pages/2016-Marketers-Salary-Guide.aspx

https://hbr.org/topic/marketing

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/imagine-theres-no-marketing-its-easy-if-you-try/

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/six-digital-marketing-traps-that-cmos-should-avoid/

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/small-data-new-big-data/

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/recommended-for-you-how-well-does-personalized-marketing-work/


https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead

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TED


May 2015

Negotiation: What Makes the Right Business Deal
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianaltman/2015/05/05/negotiation-what-makes-the-right-business-deal/


Macromarketing
I searched for this topic today in my interest to write an article on the topic marketing support for Make in India Campaign. I found that there a huge literature in the area of macromarketing. The reference I came across today are:

Marketing Theory: Philosophy of Science Perspectives
https://books.google.co.in/books?id=W4phEfAbHBQC


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromarketing


April 2015

Marketing communication messages have to be different when you announce a product and build buying intention for it. The communication has to change when the product is actually made available in the market for purchase.  Read the summary of a recent research paper on adoption of products.
http://nraomtr.blogspot.com/2015/04/adoption-of-new-products-and-processes.html


February 2015
Planned Revision schedule for marketing chapters is in February and March

January 2015

Why Your Customers’ Social Identities Matter.

By: Champniss, Guy; Wilson, Hugh N.; Macdonald, Emma K. Harvard Business Review. Jan/Feb2015, Vol. 93 Issue 1/2, p88-96.

People are highly social animals. Most of us belong to many social groups, each with its own identity.

For five years the authors have been studying how social identity affects customer behavior in a wide range of industries. They have seen that companies can trigger more-favorable reactions in customers by subtly influencing which identities they tap into. This is something firms should take into account when doing market research or designing experiences.

The first step is to surface the range of  a customer's  possible identities. If a customer's identity encourages targeted behaviors, marketers can help reinforce it.  Marketers can also work to add a desired behavior to those that customers associate with an identity, prime different identities in customers, and even create new identities that deepen relationships with existing customers and attract new ones.




2014's top The Gunn Reports' Cases For Creativity

1. 1. IBM's 'A Boy And His Atom' Ogilvy & Mat her, USA
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IBM upload
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/brand-equity/2014s-top-the-gunn-reports-cases-for-creativity/articleshow/45952325.cms


2. Evian Baby & Me
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EvianBabies
99,261,360 views 29 Jan 2015


"Contagious: Why Things Catch on" by Jonah Berger was named the best book of Marketing of 2014
Talk by Jonah Berger
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Talks at Google upload
http://google.co.in/books?id=J2l7pgwTiW4C  (For previewing the book)

Marketing News - 15 January Issue
http://publications.ama.org/Marketing_News/MN-jan15/index.html

Why Uniqlo Is Winning
By: David Aaker
Uniqlo is Japanese clothing retailer now in top 5 and plans to beat Zara.
https://www.ama.org/publications/MarketingNews/Pages/why-uniqlo-is-winning.aspx


Updated 22 August 2017,  6 June 2017,  26 February 2017,  6 Dec 2016, 28 Mar 2016, 11 Dec 2015


Give your suggestions for adding any articles to the collection.

Developments in Retailing - New Retail - Omni-Channel



"New retail" is  a phenomenon recently coined by Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba, entails retailers integrating their online and offline businesses, and leveraging the Internet and customer data to sell better.

24 July 2017