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Creating Entrepreneurial Supply Chains

PM WORLD BOOK REVIEW

creating-entrepreneurial-supply-chainsBook Title:  Creating Entrepreneurial Supply Chains

Author:  William B. Lee, Ph. D.

Publisher:  J. Ross

List Price:   US$64.95

Format:  hard cover; 375 pages

Publication Date:   2012

ISBN: 13: 978-0-8144-3163-4

Reviewer:      Carol D Kacinko

Review Date:              February 2013 

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Introduction to the Book

The Preface provides an excellent introduction to this book.  Dr. Lee first defines the major concepts of the book; entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, innovation, supply chain and finally the Entrepreneurial Supply Chains.  ‘Where This is Going’ section describes how the entrepreneurial supply chain pertains to business growth and drives innovation for all forms of businesses.  Included is a synopsis of “how to do it” steps to create the entrepreneurial supply chain.  Each chapter includes research along with case studies pertinent to the topic.

Differentiation from Other Books on Supply Chains’ explains what is different from Dr. Lee’s book and others.  A summary of each chapter is very well defined within the section on ‘What to Expect in the Chapters and Appendices’.

Dr. Lee takes the reader through first an understanding of the entrepreneurial supply chain and how it differentiates from the traditional supply chain, the ‘why’ of this concept, an understanding the importance of customers and suppliers as a source of ideas and opportunities, how to recognize these opportunities, the risks and management of the entrepreneurial supply chain, plans and planning, implementing and reaping the payoff.

Overview of Book’s Structure 

At the beginning of each chapter the ‘Learning Objectives’ lays out the intent of that chapter’s topic.  The actual chapter itself is broken into sections providing a smooth and understandable flow of the material.  This simplifies the ability to quickly find a specific aspect of any particular chapter’s content.

Other key items included in each chapter are ‘Key Idea’; that provides some thinking outside of the box; and ‘An Aside’ with some sideline material about a particular topic.  Dr. Lee uses these little boxes of information to get one thinking about the topic and proves to be a great educator.

The author includes other real-life examples and strategically placed visual graphs, tables, charts and diagrams to explain the ideas.  ‘A Case Note for Further Study’ presents additional information with supplemental cases that can be used for educational purpose.  Within the chapter are actual case studies.

With ‘A Final Word’ summarizing the chapter topic, the section on ‘Assurance of Learning Questions’ lists some questions used to check your understanding of the chapter.  At the end of each chapter, ‘References’ are identified.

At the end, ‘Appendices include visioning the entrepreneurial supply chain, a sample business plan, a sample education and training plan, and a glossary of terms’. 

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About the Reviewer

carol-kacinkoflag-usaCarol Kacinko

Carol Kacinko is an IT Consulting Executive with over 30 years managing diverse business protocols for global operational perspectives in North America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific.  Proficient in establishing PMO’s, infrastructures, and implementing policies, procedures and processes with continuous improvement initiatives.    She has led multi-million dollar, multi-year projects; one awarded the ‘Smithsonian Institute Award for Technological Innovation’, established Project Management Offices (PMO) where one CIO was recognized in the ‘Top 10 CIO’s of the Year’ for the Governance implemented, established strategy and led design through implementation of successful Business Intelligence solutions to major corporations.   As Principal of her own consulting company she has provided services to Fortune 500 companies and Federal Government Agencies.  Carol has provided instruction for both Oracle and IBM.  She can be contacted at [email protected].