New Book on Mastering Supply Chain Volatility Available Today

"X-SCM: The New Science of X-treme Supply Chain Management" Provides Strategies, Real-World Examples and Toolsets to Help Businesses Manage Risk in Global Supply Chains

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - September 27, 2010) -


  • The book, X-SCM: The New Science of X-treme Supply Chain Management, is available for purchase beginning today.
    • It includes contributions from world experts in supply chain volatility management and unveils a new science for managing supply chain risk and extreme volatility.
    • It delivers a real-world experience by offering examples of how today's companies are applying the practice of extreme supply chain management to improve their supply chain visibility and execution. The book also includes an online toolset that provides new online supply chain simulations, enabling players to explore, react to and manage supply chain volatility scenarios.
    • The primary authors of the book are Lisa Harrington, a senior research fellow at the University of Maryland (UMD) and president of lharrington group, and Sandor Boyson and Thomas Corsi, Co-Directors of the Supply Chain Management Center at UMD. 
    • The sponsors of the book are the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and Sterling Commerce, an IBM® Company (NYSE: IBM), as the project's technology sponsor. Richard Douglass, global industry executive at Sterling Commerce, also was a co-contributor.
    • Published by Taylor and Francis Group, the book is available at and at for $69.95 US.
  • The book will be unveiled at CSCMP's Annual Global Conference, held this week in San Diego. Two events at the conference are planned:
    • A book signing will be held on Tuesday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. PT at the CSCMP resource center kiosk.
    • A session on the book will be presented on Tuesday, September 28, at 3:30 p.m. PT, by Boyson, Douglass and Harrington. 

Supporting Quotes:
Lisa Harrington, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Maryland
"As technology has evolved, so has the ability to better manage the now complex and dynamic global supply chains most companies work with. This book is the best resource for learning about the latest techniques for managing today's volatile supply chains, including new techniques for analyzing country-level investments, network configuration and in-sourcing/out-sourcing decisions that can enable more precise and effective span of control."

Richard Douglass, Global Industry Executive, Manufacturing and Logistics, at Sterling Commerce
"Extreme Supply Chain Management is about using existing infrastructure to respond to the pull of the market rather than the push of supply. By taking advantage of the existing infrastructure and finding new ways to mine for data using new software solutions, companies can gain deeper insight into their supply chains, allowing them to better plan for the future, keeping less inventory in their warehouses and on shelves while still meeting customer demand."

Rick Blasgen, President and CEO of CSCMP
"CSCMP's goal is to provide a forum to help supply chain professionals from around the world stay current on trends, best practices and thought leadership in their fields. By tackling the challenges of volatility, this book not only supports this goal, but addresses issues that will be top-of-mind for corporate leadership for years to come."

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About the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With over 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 63 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management. More information can be found at

About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business
The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 13 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, executive MS, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.

About Sterling Commerce
Sterling Commerce, an IBM® Company, helps organizations worldwide increase business agility in their dynamic business network through innovative solutions for selling and fulfillment and for integration with customers, partners and suppliers. More information can be found at

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Carrie Handwerker
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
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Julie Redard
Sterling Commerce
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