Lighthouse Lecture Series: Supply chain and business model innovations in China

Lighthouse Lecture Series: Supply chain and business model innovations in China

The Internet is revolutionizing many industries. Many Chinese firms are transforming their businesses through the internet and related information and communication technologies (ICT).

On Wednesday 10 October 2018, as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series, Xiande Zhao, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) presented on ICT influenced traditional business and described the challenges and opportunities for Chinese companies in the Internet era.

Zhao identified and discussed companies such as Haier, the world leading electrical appliance manufacturer; SJET, a supply chain service provider of mobile manufacturing industry; and Handuyishe, an internet-based fashion e-business brand as examples that have successfully transformed their business through supply chain and service innovations.

Professor Zhao highlighted paths for business transformations through supply chain and business model innovations and the importance of “supply chain plus" in gaining competitive advantage and a framework of four stages of development in supply chain management.

Xiande Zhao is the Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). He holds the position of JD.COM Chair in Operations and Supply Chain Management and is the Director, CEIBS-GLP Centre of Innovations in Supply Chains and Services. Professor Zhao’s expertise is in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain Management. His research interests mostly focus on supply chain management and innovation, network-based service and business model innovation, supply chain finance, supply chain integration, digital supply chain, big-data based supply chain and logistics optimization

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