6. Supply Chain Talent—Our Most Important Resource

The Sixth in the Game-Changing Trends Series of University of Tennessee Supply Chain Management White Papers

Shay Scott, Ph.D., Mike Burnette, Paul Dittmann, Ph.D.,Ted Stank, Ph.D., Chad Autry, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

Global economic growth since the 2008 to 2010 recession has created a crisis in supply chain talent management. Demand for top talent is increasing as supply chain volume and complexity rise, but the supply of that talent is decreasing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, as of February 2015, only 62.8% of the American population had a job or were actively seeking work—the lowest level since 1978. This means there are shortages in every area of the supply chain, ...

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