The last session at the SAPICS 2008 conference was by Kevin O’Marah of AMR Research. He is a very smooth speaker, with the suit and haircut to match, drops references like an MBA from Stanford Business School, and uses words like ‘delta’ instead of difference.
What he spoke about was very interesting, starting off with the Carlota Perez thesis about the dynamics of bubbles and the subsequent golden age. He then related this to the evolution of supply chain management, from the practices based on the ‘old’ industrial age to the current practice that AMR advocates – Demand Driven Supply Networks.
At the gala dinner, this presentation was given the Terry Smee award for the best paper.