Complexity, one of the most used and ambiguous terms in business, is increasingly present in several layers of businesses today.
Due to its nature of being cognitively challenging to understand, complexity has a bad reputation in business. For instance, complexity in Supply Chain offers many challenges. However, complexity is not inherently bad as it can offer many benefits for businesses. Recently, Harvard Business Review wrote a striking piece about the strengths and costs of complexity in a business environment. Not the least, the paper offers methods for embracing complexity while eliminating costs and escalating benefits.
Complexity comes in many colors and forms offering both strengths and costs. Harvard Business Review summarizes the most significant strengths and costs caused by complexity in a business context:
As removing elements to reduce complexity is uncommon, leaders tend to move forward with new elements that add value on a more obvious and immediate level. Therefore, finding methods to retain the benefits of complexity and diminish the costs is of high priority. At Optilon we strongly believe in embracing the complexity and utilizing technology to gain competitive advantages – especially when handling high complexity in Supply Chain.
The evaluation of new processes, and structures should not only be based on how it will impact a certain group or entity of a company, but more importantly how they impact the company on a holistic level. This will help companies balance the trade-offs of a business decision. For instance, when evaluating future supply chain network models it is important to realize that the benefits of any single location may be concentrated in a smaller area, whereas the complexity costs may be distributed across the organization. By utilizing modern technology to create simplified overviews indulging the entire complexity in supply chain, companies can truly assess all potential costs and benefits following any operational, tactical or strategic supply chain decision.
Link to the HBR article
With a combination of front edge supply chain consulting and market superior supply chain applications, Optilon creates sustainable business value through supply chain optimization. By optimizing the flow of products throughout the entire supply chain we help companies increase revenue by reducing lost sales and expenditure of resources.. Learn more about Optilon here.
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