RC TOM Challenge 2017

November 15, 2017

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The TOM Challenge provides an opportunity for students to learn more about supply chain management by exploring how organizations are grappling with some megatrends: climate change, digitalization, and the growing influence of isolationist political movements on international trade policies.  These 700-800 word essays should address four questions:

  1. Why is (or should) your particular aspect of one of these megatrends be of concern to the management of the organization you have selected?
  2. What is the organization’s management doing to address this concern in the short term (the next two years) and the medium term (3–10 years out)?
  3. What other steps do you recommend the organization’s management take to address this concern in the short and medium terms?
  4. What are one or two important open questions related to this concern in the context of the organization you selected that you are unsure about, which merit comments from your classmates?

When posting your essay to Open Knowledge, be sure to enter “Climate change”, “Digitalization”, or “Isolationism” in the Topics field.

More details on research, sourcing, deadlines, and other matters are provided in the RC TOM Challenge: 2017 noteFor assistance with the Open Knowledge platform during business hours (9:00 am – 5:00 pm M-F), email openknowledge@hbs.edu. A short video with instructions on how to post an essay to this platform is available at https://goo.gl/yyXK2H.

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The titan of sports industry joining forces with Amazon
Posted on November 13, 2017 at 7:58 pm
Would you get into bed with Amazon? That is a question that many brands have been obsessing about over lately. This June, Nike has decided to give it a try and run a pilot offering select products on Amazon.com.
How Big is Amazon’s Opportunity in Healthcare?
Last modified on November 22, 2017 at 3:07 pm
In October 2017, reports surfaced stating that Amazon’s entry into healthcare was imminent. Overnight, stock prices for top pharmacies, PBMs, and wholesalers plummeted, losing a sum total of ~$40B in market capitalization [1]. But how well-equipped is Amazon to disrupt [...]
Jaguar Land Rover: A Bumpy Ride post-Brexit
Pria Bakhshi
Posted on November 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm
Is Jaguar Land Rover, the UK's largest auto manufacturer, heading for a car crash? Jaguar's integrated supply chain is set to face massive disruption as uncertainty reigns over Britain's relationship with the EU.
Tesla and the environmental impact of lithium-ion batteries
Posted on November 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm
Tesla is one of the most important companies addressing climate change with their core products -- their fleet of cars and their suite of clean energy technologies. The environmental impact of the massive boom in lithium-ion battery production should be [...]
Exporting Entertainment: Can CJ E&M Rely on the Chinese Market?
Last modified on November 15, 2017 at 11:11 pm
In November 2017, CJ Entertainment and Media CEO Tae-sung Jeong breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news: South Korean President Jae-in Moon had reached a consensus with Chinese President Jin-ping Xi on improving trade relations between the two [...]
Navigating the Storm: SEACOR and the Jones Act
Kirk Benson
Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:12 pm
A regulation that has long protected the U.S. maritime industry faces scrutiny in the aftermath of the catastrophic Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Can U.S. shippers win the debate in Congress and withstand the fallout?
I Thought we were Teammates!
Posted on November 14, 2017 at 4:49 pm
With famous brands like Nike and Adidas selling apparel directly to consumers, sporting goods retailers fight to stay relevant.
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