I interviewed Aleksandar Maric who discussed Supply Chain Ecosystem.







1. What is this Supply Chain Ecosystem and why is it important?


Regards for you Mr Dustin at the beginning. Before I say what is Suppy Chain Ecosystem we have to know what is the major question we have to answer. Every person who wants to run a business has to have some kind of wish to do some business in a certain way. That certain way means, in that sense, to have a track of what are businesses are and what are connections with other industries, resources, etc. In that sense, in short, the ecosystem model is a framework to visualize all operational, strategic, management and execution issues. That will be in short, but to really understand the supply chain ecosystem we have to be in some kind of reasoning that, if we want to design supply chain we have to think globaly. And if we want to design globaly supply chain we have to do two major steps. Those steps are Global supply chain formation, and the second major step is Building governance mechanisms or frameworks for partner selection, coordination and control. When we talk about first step – Global supply chain formation, that step has additional five steps, and the first step of those is to Map the supply chain ecosystem for the Industry vertical. Now, when we know what is Supply chain ecosystem in global, we can say what it is in a certain way. So, Supply chain ecosystem consist of four major parts, and those are Supply Chain, Resourses, Institutions and Delivery services mechanisms. So every person who wants to run a business have to think about those four major parts, if he (she) wants to mitigate risks. And that would be in some kind in short said.



2. How it’s implemented and what are some other risks involved?


Well, anybody who wants to implement (steps of) Suplly chain (ecosystem) in their business should think about those four steps, expecially micro and middle scale organisations, and this (interview) is intented for them, because large companies have teams of people who work on those issues, but micro and middle scale companies don’t have that experience and those questions are here to help them to mitigate their own risks. But not only for them, large company can do better with this Supply Chain ecosystem as well.

Risk are in those four parts I mentioned. If we talk about resources, what are the risks? Risks are, for example, what kind of talents do we have, or, what kind of financilal or natural resources (do we have). When we talk about natural resources – do we have enough iron, for example, for doing our job. In that sense, we have to make a framework to really understand where our risks can pop up, and we have to identified those risks, by maping our supply chain ecosystem, then to mitigate it and finally to manage those risks.



3. Where are some the results you can expect from supply chain ecosystem?


Results are huge. I will mentioned (one) example (what happens when you do not do your homework). Some companies haven’t done their homework and they failed. One example is Land Rover. That company has Contract manufacturer and that manufacturer bring them chasis for their cars. They (Land Rover) didn’t realised that in a Contract they made one mistake and that mistake was if there is a sole manufacturer who gives them a chasis and that manufacturer broke down the Land Rover must give them a money so they can work in future. In that sense, what is a mistake of Land Rover? Land Rover didn’t read the Contract and they made mistake. We have to understand that every problem appears among people we are doing with and of course in a way that we are doing. I just want to mentioned it in a way that we should be really aware of what we are doing and in a what way. Our Supply chain ecosystem just gives us an idea where that problem could be. So, if anybody wants additional explanation of any system that person should employ some specialist in that service.

So, that be the most general answer.



4. Can you provide us with a brief background of yourself?



Well, I am Logistics and Supply Chain professionalist.



Military academy – Logistics Department;

Global Supply Chain Management, with NPTEL – National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Supply Chain Management – A Learning Perspective, with KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Daedeok Innopolis



About Aleksandar Maric






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