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Supply Chain Brief: How the Best Executive Sponsors Make S&OP Succeed

Published: 22 March 2017

ID: G00318001

Analyst(s): Pam Fitzpatrick


An executive sponsor should provide critical support to help leaders of an S&OP maturity journey keep the program on schedule and achieve planned objectives. Supply chain leaders can use this research to guide their executive sponsor on how to provide effective leadership.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know


  • Learning From the Sponsors at Top-Performing S&OP Programs
  • Cross-Functional Cooperation Is the Big S&OP Challenge for Leaders and Sponsors to Address
  • Effective Sponsors Already Work Closely With S&OP Program Leaders
  • Effective Sponsors Provide Support and Remove Roadblocks During the Entire Project
    • Why Sponsors Need to Stay Involved Until Benefits Are Realized

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