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Vinod Lall

Professor, Minnesota State University, USA
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Vinod Lall is a professor in the School of Business at Minnesota State University Moorhead, teaching supply chain management, operations management, management science, project management, and management information systems. Lall has developed and taught online and face-to-face graduate courses at business schools in Bulgaria, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and the United States. Active in research, he has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at conferences. He is a certified supply chain professional (CSCP) by APICS, the American Association for Operations Management, and is the vice president of education for the Red River Valley chapter of APICS, leading certification training for a number of regional manufacturing and service organizations.

Articles by this Author

  • Countering Supply Chain Risk
    by Vinod Lall
    In March 2000, a fire at a Philips semiconductor factory damaged some components used to make chips for mobile phones. Ericsson and Nokia—two of Philips’ major customers—responded to the event in very different ways. Ericsson decided to let the delay take its own course, while supply chain managers at Nokia monitored the situation closely and developed contingency plans. By the time Philips discovered that the fire had contaminated a large area...
  • Reducing Costs through Production and Supply Chain Management
    by Vinod Lall
    IKEA, the Swedish home products retailer, is known for its good-quality, inexpensive products, which are typically sold at prices 30–50% below those of its competitors. While the price of products from other companies continues to rise over time, IKEA claims that its retail prices have been reduced by a total of 20% over the last four years. At IKEA, the process of cost reduction starts at product conception and continues throughout the process...

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