As part of the Master of Global Supply Chain Management program, Daniel Wong and I lead the Supply Chain and Value Chain in Asia Field Study. This is a unique, on-the-ground opportunity to explore the challenges in globalized operations strategies. As we start our journey, we need to remember to consider our assumptions and consider when Western values do not apply. When working with global supply chains, social and environmental issues like child labor, unsafe working conditions and dumping of pollutants become core considerations.
This will be my seventh trip to Vietnam. I constantly have to remind myself that Asia is ever-changing, but also constant in many ways. Even cities with thousands of years of history see cycles of change. I’m excited to share some of my expectations for arriving in Asia, Vietnam specifically.