Christopher Tang - Managing Global Supply Chains in the Industry 4.0 Era

Abstract: Industry 4.0 creates a “force” to make companies to rethink the way they manage their supply chain.   In this presentation, I shall examine the following questions.  How should companies leverage various evolving technologies (Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Blockchain, Drones, Internet of Things, etc.) to improve their supply chain competitiveness?   What kind of value (economic, social and environmental) can these technologies bring?  What are the potential pitfalls?

Biography Christopher Tang

Christopher Tang is a University Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Known as a world renowned thought leader in global supply chain management, Chris consulted with numerous global companies including Amazon, HP (California, Singapore, South Korea), IBM (New York, San Jose), Nestlé (USA), GKN (UK), Accenture, etc.; taught courses at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, MIT (Zaragoza), and London Business School.

Chris has published 6 books, 30 book chapters, over 100 online blogs, and over 160 research articles in various leading academic journals, and written articles for Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fortune, Los Angeles Times, etc. He was elected as lifetime fellow by the Institute of Operations and Management Sciences (INFORMS), the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM).  He received his B.Sc. (First class honours in Mathematics) from King’s College, London, M.A (in Statistics), M.Phil (in Administrative Science), and PhD (in Management Science) from Yale University.