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Disrupt or Be Disrupted — Defining the Bimodal Supply Chain

Published: 30 December 2015

ID: G00295479

Analyst(s): John Johnson , Debra Hofman, Dana Stiffler , Jane Barrett


Today's supply chain organizations must operate in two modes. Mode 1 is traditional, incremental and predictable. Mode 2 is different, requiring exploration, innovation, new skills and outcomes. The need for balancing familiar Mode 1 with disruptive Mode 2 capabilities has never been greater.

Table Of Contents


  • The CEO Wants Both Growth and Efficiency
  • Bimodal Supply Chains Need Bimodal Talent and Bimodal Structure
  • Technology Innovation Is a Prerequisite for Bimodal Supply Chains
  • Conclusion

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