The Guide to Supply Chain Management

David Jacoby, President of Boston Strategies International, has written the definitive book on supply chain management: The Economist Guide to Supply Chain Management, and Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation for PennWell.

Read what people are saying about the book:

“An excellent guide and, a must read not only for C-level managers but also for inclusion in curricula in business studies… brilliant in explaining the myths and realities of the various elements that are critical components of the supply chain.”

Ram Menen, Senior Vice President, Emirates Airlines

“An essential tool for C-level management and their senior managers. It is clear, balanced in its objectivity and useful for achieving rapid results.” 

Joseph Guerrisi, Vice President Marketing, UPS

“A strategic breath of fresh air for executives who are tired of tactical how-to books on supply chain management. It provides simple, logical guidance on how companies should think about the people, processes and infrastructure they put in place to enable the supply chains that will deliver their future.” 

Chris Cowger, Vice President of Global Consumer Operations and Planning, Dell

“A pragmatic approach for turning supply chain into a strategic differentiator, along with a treasure chest of examples showing how successful companies have done it.”

Karen Weinstein-Millson, Vice President Global Sourcing, Boston Scientific

“A real-world look at how leading companies are putting supply chain management into practice for proven competitive advantage. This guide definitely belongs in your business library.”

Frank Quinn, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Management Review

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Additional Reviews by People Who Bought “The Guide to Supply Chain Management”


“I never really understood what supply chain management was until I read this book. It seemed to mean something different depending on who I was talking to. Now I get it.”

“The work sorts through some of the mythos about supply chain management and focuses on the core activities that add measurable value.”

“I’m a university professor, and I am really impressed at how thorough the book is. From the preface to the glossary and the end notes, everything is well-documented, which makes the arguments and Jacoby’s framework for supply chain management trustworthy and believable. Overall, the book is a credit to the Economist brand.”

“As a supply chain trainer and author, I am always pleased to read books that add to my knowledge and this book certainly made me stop and reflect many times = great! Let down slightly by the publishers small reproduction of the many charts and tables; overall however, this is a very good piece of work!”

“This is a great book that provides a concise yet thorough overview of supply chain management.  It is educational and actionable – filled with well-supported arguments and excellent, illustrative anecdotes.  The book is not just for supply chain professionals.  It is for any business person that wants to help take their company to the next level.  Having read it and written notes in the margins, I will keep it nearby as a reference guide.”

“This book is very informative for anyone wanting to know more about supply chain management. The examples cited, as well as the charts are extremely helpful. I believe anyone can benefit from reading this book whether or not they have direct responsibility for supply chain activities.”

“This book describes very well the ins and outs of what the Supply Chain concept encompasses. It gives an excellent global understanding and is very rich of examples from real life situations.  I warmly recommend its reading.

“This book is great.  I did not know that The Economist had a series of Guides like this.  There are so many brilliant diagrams, charts, and table that I have post-its on about 50 pages and have the book on my shelf for easy access.”


“If you are a novice to supply chain and often confused by conflicting definitions on what SCM is – and is not – read this book. If you are a supply chain practitioner and want some clear markers on designing a comprehensive supply chain strategy, read this book. David Jacoby’s experience of over 20 years of strategic consulting on supply chain initiatives clearly comes through in this well-researched piece. The book very quickly jumps into the 4 key supply chain strategies – cost rationalization, demand-supply synchronization, customization and innovation – that organizations can pursue. And highlights early on the often forgotten point that while we can classify any function within an organizational silo, activities within them cannot be similarly silo-ed if we want to derive value. For instance, we often lump DC-Network design and an initiative such as cross-docking under the warehousing function. But how many of us look at the former activity through the lens of cost rationalization, and the latter as an enabler of synchronization? Insights, such as this, abound. The book frames the final few chapters with details on the organization structure, information systems framework and KPIs that must supplement each of these strategies. And that is when we truly comprehend the completeness of supply chain management. My only grouse is that the book went into too much of theory and detail toward the end. Maybe it was intentional, given the wide range of audience it aims to cater to. But if you can stifle some of those yawns and plough on, you will be enriched with a wealth of knowledge on how you must design, strategize, implement, measure and enhance your supply chain.”

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Note: Click here for numerous articles by David Jacoby on the role of government in supply chain management, and the importance of national supply chain strategies.