James B. Rice, Jr.
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Researcher in Supply Chain Management
Jim conducts research in supply chain management, with particular focus on
organizational aspects of how firms coordinate both internally within the organization,
and externally with customers and suppliers. His recent work includes:
- CTL Port Resilience Project - This research is funded in part by the US Department of Homeland Security, working as part of the DHS-funded Center of Excellence, "The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce" (CSR)
- Supply Chain Response - This research project was intitiated in 2001 to study the impact of high-impact/low-probability
disruptions such as global terrorism on supply chains. Visit our Supply Chain Response project research
site for access to downloads.
- Smart Objects - This included a series of projects focused on the
application of RFID in the supply chain. Ideally the application extends beyond
RFID and is more 'Auto-ID' which entails longer-term and disruptive effects
that may be possible by applying RFID. Some of the projects are briefly described
in the referenced
In general, the projects include:
- Smart Objects Study: This entails several studies being examining the
benefits of unit level traceability in the manufacturing and logistics processes.
Several specific studies on-site are being conducted, each of which will
contribute to a broader study being done with Stanford University to understand
the potential long-term and disruptive impact of RFID on the supply chain.
- Study of RFID application across leading practitioners and early-adopters,
- Study of RFID application in the logistics processes at consumer products
manufacturers, including the linkage through to the trade customer
- Demand Generation - A current study examining the dynamics of product
transitions and the impact of demand generation in product transitions on
supply chains. This work was done together with Dr. Jim Hines and Paulo
Gonçalves of the System Dynamics Group
in conjunction with Prof. Hau Lee of Stanford University.
- Supply Chain Visualization - Development of a system that enables
visualization and design/redesign of supply chains with tangible interfaces.
This work was led by Prof. Tom Malone (Center
for Coordination Science) with Prof. Hiroshi Ishii (Media
Lab) and Dr. Jim Hines (System Dynamics
Master (Multi-Tier Coordination) - A study of future supply
chain designs that will enable what many have described as 'seamless end-to-end
integration of the supply network.' The project developed several new concepts
represented in the following papers::
- Creating Lasting Value through Supply Chain Collaboration - A study examining key sucess factors of collaboration, being done in conjunction
with Stanford University.
- Collaboration, Alliances and the Coordination
Spectrum (working paper - contact Jim
Rice if you wish to get a copy of this document).
- Wise Abuse of Supply Chain Power - A recent study examining the role
and use of power in coordinating supply networks. This work is being done
together with Dr. Jim Hines and Paulo Gonçalves of the System
Some of Jim's work has been published in several recent books and articles:
Construction by Replacement: A New Approach in Simulation Modeling. Forthcoming System Dynamics Review. (with J. Hines, T. Malone, G. Herman, J. Quimby, M. Murphy-Hoye, J. Rice, J. Patten, H. Iishi). 2009. Updated replacement hierarchy (hierarchy.pdf)
“New Routes to Resilience: Three Strategies for the Upturn.” MIT CTL Supply Chain Strategy Newsletter, Volume 5, Number 5, 2009;
“Development of a Statewide Freight Resiliency Plan” coauthored with Chris Caplice, July 2008;
“How Risk Management Can Secure Your Business” coauthored with Bill Tenney, Target Corporation, Supply Chain Strategy, June 2007;
“Rethinking Security” by Jim Rice, published in Logistics Management, May 2007;
"Give Your Transborder Supply Chain a Strategic Lift" coauthored with Philip Spayd, Global Trade Systems, Supply Chain Strategy, February 2007;
“Assessing Cargo Supply Risk” coauthored with Dan Purtell, First Advantage, November 2006, Security Management;
“A Supply Chain View of The Resilient Enterprise” coauthored with Yossi Sheffi, Fall 2005, Sloan Management Review;
- “A Real World Look at RFID” in Supply Chain Management Review coauthored with Hau Lee of Stanford and Mary Murphy-Hoye of Intel, July-August 2005;
- "MG Rover’s Supply Chain Disruption” in Supply Chain Strategy July 2005;
- “Investing in Supply Chain Security: Collateral Benefits” coauthored with Philip Spayd, Global Trade Systems, The IBM Center for the Business of Government May 2005;
- “METRO – Wal*Mart RFID Adoption – A” MIT CTL Teaching Case coauthored with Brian Subirana IESE, May 2005;
a Secured and Resilient Supply Network" coauthored with Federico Caniato of Politecnico di Milano, article published in Supply
Chain Management Review, Sept.-Oct. 2003
- “Supply Chain Response to Terrorism: Creating Resilient and Secure Supply Chains Interim” Interim Project Report coauthored with Federico Caniato Politecnico di Milano, August 2003;
- “Strategic Partnership: Collaboration, Alliances and the Coordination Spectrum” coauthored with Stefano Ronchi of Politecnico di Milano in Logistics Solutions Issue 1 2002;
Chain versus Supply Chain: The Hype and The Reality" coauthored with Richard Hoppe, MIT, article
published in Supply Chain Management Review, Sept.-Oct. 2001
the Functional Boundaries Through Horizontal Process Management (HPM)" published in Supply Chain Management Review, Fall 1997.
Supply Chain Integration - Strategies for Small Manufacturers"
coauthor, published by the National Academy Press, March 2000
- "Facilities, Engineering and Management Handbook"
published by McGraw Hill Company 2001 (chapter co-author)
- "A Job Fit For Even Knievel: Jumping the Canyon of Academia-to-Industry Knowledge Transfer" published by IEEE, Engineering Management Conference, 2002. IEMC '02. 2002 IEEE International, Publication Date: 2002
Volume: 2, On page(s): 629- 634 vol.2, authored by J. H. Bellefeuille and James B. Rice, Jr.
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