Grainger Center Community,
The lessons, adaptations, and challenges of managing a supply chain from January 2020 through the present have been numerous, and it will likely be some time before you’re out of ‘keeping the lights on’ mode and have time to meaningfully reflect on what has happened and how well your supply chain responded.
This summer marks five years for me as director of the Grainger Center, and therefore also my life as a quasi-academic. An upside of my position is that as a listener and teacher rather than a practitioner of supply chain management I probably have more reflection time than most of you, so I’ve decided to challenge myself with a research project that will both inform our faculty’s teaching and research, and also produce benchmark data you can use to evaluate your supply chain’s response to the pandemic.
I humbly ask that you review this survey, and complete as much of it as you can. I intend to publish the aggregated and anonymized results internally and possibly in an industry publication such as Supply Chain Management Review. I also ask that you let me know through the survey if you would be willing to follow up 1:1 to discuss your answers, and in that discussion we can talk about the possibility of specifically attributing data or comments to you or your companies with proper permission. No specific individual company data will be shared without your consent.
Thanks for considering participating in this effort. I hope you and your families are keeping well and safe.