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.

Responses (924)

Mayo Clinic: A Digital Prescription
Last modified on November 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm
While most hospitals are slow to adopt technology, the Mayo Clinic has made strides to implement digital supply chain tools that have saved costs while improving patient outcomes.
Natural Gas: The bridge fuel to nowhere?
Last modified on November 16, 2017 at 3:01 am
With the push towards renewable energy globally, are companies investing in natural gas infrastructure ending up with the short straw?
Can Macy’s Stay Competitive?
Michael Love
Last modified on November 16, 2017 at 12:03 am
Macy’s is a retailer operating under three brands (Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Bluemercury) that sells merchandise including apparel, accessories, cosmetics, furnishings, and other consumer goods. Founded in 1858, Macy’s pioneered many marketing practices such as a one-price system for all customers [...]
Apple Inc. – Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
Ray Loa
Last modified on December 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm
Apple is committed to shift its production to 100% renewable energy powered. However, they would need to convince the suppliers to shift to renewable energy for Apple product's production, implicating economic impacts. How would they do?
Convoy Poised to Win the Startup Trucking Race
Josh Hoffman-Senn
Josh Hoffman-Senn
Last modified on November 15, 2017 at 11:36 pm
Convoy, the digital trucking service that matches shipments with carriers, can win the startup trucking race. But first it must help shippers use fragmented streams of IoT data that will result from truck sharing.
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