Dr. Mohan Gopalakrishnan on Supply Chain Risk and Management
11 Aug 2020
Dr. Mohan Gopalakrishnan (his students call him Dr. G!) is the Department Chair, Supply Chain Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He discusses how supply chain planning and resilience has become even more relevant in today's COVID environment, and how solid supply chain practices can be applied across all aspects of service, including nonprofits.
Hosted by Jeff Kavanaugh, VP and Head of the Infosys Knowledge Institute.
“I think the important thing that we've all learned in [the pandemic], and that's probably the number one thing is visibility, and increasing visibility. That's almost become a cliché, but it's the truth.” Dr. Mohan Gopalakrishnan
In a time of historic disruption, what part of your research is especially relevant now?
Jeff introduces Mohan
What inspired you to pursue your academic path in the area of supply chain and in academia overall?
How did you gain expertise specifically for supply chain?
Can you talk about your approach and what you've seen, be successful defining, describing, and learning to live with risk?
Why is it that these problems are still there when I was with executives 20 years ago, addressing these things? Why do they still persist?
I think the nature of its cumulative. Like you said, evolving, you've had considerations that just the demands weren't there as much before. And of course, sustainability as well as a valued dimension has really come to the forefront.
Noticed you did some work with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Could you talk about what that project or initiative was and what you gained from it?
Can you talk about the conflict between local and global optimization for supply chains?
Can you highlight maybe a disconnect between the needs we have now and the structures in place, and some steps executives can take to navigate their way through it?
What are three things that executives, leaders, can do to increase resilience in their supply chains?
What's a good example of somebody who's really doing it right?
For the young person who's considering careers and maybe looking at supply chain, what is your advice to them as they're thinking about supply chain and risk management things they can be thinking about for the next 10 or even 20 years to maybe put their heart and soul into as a career?
What are the books or people that have made a big impact on you?
If we could swap seats and you could choose someone to interview for a podcast, who would you choose?
Any online resources you recommend for further learning?