What is Supply Chain Management (SCM)? (Video)

What is supply chain management?

The term was coined over 35 years ago, but to this day there are a variety of different definitions of SCM.

For someone starting their career or new to supply chain, it is understandable that defining SCM can be confusing.

But the reality is that there are many experts and organizations who define supply chain differently. Are they really that different, or are there just subtle nuances in what some people see as SCM that others don’t?

Watch our video to learn more about how people define supply chain management!

While the supply chain definition may sound very simple to some people, for many people this is a real bone of contention that requires clarity, if not the elimination of confusion.

Our all-time favorite supply chain game changer blog article was What Exactly is Supply Chain Management? 10 different definitions! This has shown us that there is a great desire to understand, reflect and even discuss what exactly the definition of supply chain management is.

We have not endeavored to select or create the one, best overall definition. It may be that there is no such thing. There can be different meanings depending on what you do and what your perspective is. The same applies if you look at an object from different points of view; Whoever the observers of this object are can provide very different descriptions of the same object.

So here we present a short video with many different definitions of supply chain management. Some of the definitions are similar or contain similar elements. Others contain quite different descriptors.

In the end, we want you to make up your own mind, even if that means finding your own definition.

Have fun with our video and tell us which definition, whether one of these or one of your own, best describes the exciting field of supply chain management!

So what do you think? Do you like any of the definitions we’ve discussed here? Do you like bits and pieces of different definitions? Or do you have another definition that you think is better than everyone else?

Let us know!

If you want to read more about these definitions, such as For example, those from aims.education, read our article on 10 different SCM definitions.

Originally published January 29, 2019.

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