Category Archives: Innovation

Biomass Business Study Uses Logistics as a Measure of Commercial Success

Biomass Business Study Uses Logistics as a Measure of Commercial Success

Enterprises engaged in using waste products as raw materials for bio-commodities help companies and countries to meet their sustainability goals. But to be successful they also must be commercially viable. A new research project backed by the European Commission takes a novel approach to evaluating these enterprises, by analysing the financial performance of their supportingRead More

Turning Disruptive Change Into Competitive Advantage

Turning Disruptive Change Into Competitive Advantage

In today’s fast-changing business environment, companies need to react quickly and decisively to disruptive market changes. Yet many enterprises lack the ability to respond swiftly to these competitive threats. For example, rapid change is transforming the auto market, which is witnessing a potentially dramatic shift in the locus of value creation away from global OEMs andRead More

Capturing the Business Benefits of Student-Industry Collaboration

Capturing the Business Benefits of Student-Industry Collaboration

There are many ways in which companies can collaborate with supply chain research centers. One that we have found to be especially rewarding is collaborating on graduate program thesis research projects. Across the MIT Global SCALE Network, the MIT Center for Transportation &Logistics (MIT CTL), the Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC), the Malaysia Institute for SupplyRead More

A Slow Merge for Truck Automation

A Slow Merge for Truck Automation

It seems almost inevitable that automated trucks will be introduced to our roads at some point, but it will not happen in a single step and it will take time. The attractions are substantial. In some future end-state, driverless trucks will remove the cost of the human operator from the cab and allow the equipmentRead More

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Turning Digital Disruption Into a Building Block for Change

Digital disruption can represent a major threat to a company – or a golden opportunity to rebuild the enterprise. At MIT CTL’s Crossroads 2017 conference on April 4, 2017, Dr. Jeanne Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Information and Systems Research, described how some companies are taking theRead More