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The Global Supply Chain

How Technology and Circular Thinking Transform Our Future


Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Pages 1-38
  3. Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Pages 67-112
  4. Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Pages 113-144
  5. Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Pages 145-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-169

About this book


This book provides readers an in-depth understanding of the inner mechanisms and principles of the global supply chain. Authored by the Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum, it draws on a wealth of operational and managerial expertise in the global supply chain industry that drive the world’s economies. 
The book analyzes the importance and impact of globally networked sourcing, production and distribution, and presents detailed information on the opportunities, limitations and challenges of linear value and supply chain systems. Building on a series of recent industry cases and with a focus on the latest developments in actual business processes and models, it reveals how the transformation toward circular supply chains and regenerative resource management forms the basis for success and sustainability in business.
“The book brings together technical, social, political, and geographical trends, suggesting how supply chain management can lead the quest for many of the world’s most pressing challenges” 
Yossi Sheffi, Professor of Engineering, MIT, Head, MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics

“This book provides an essential roadmap, guiding the reader easily through complex developments and concepts” 
John Manners-Bell, CEO Transport Intelligence and Honorary Visiting Professor, Guildhall Business School, London
“With strategic foresight, Lehmacher develops a vision of a circular economy within which consumer, manufacturer and logistics companies assume collective responsibility for sustainable value creation” 
Alfred Talke, Group Managing Director ALFRED TALKE Logistic Services
“Those who are active in logistics and supply chain management, in practice or academia, will discover a fresh view on the whole field of activity beyond the day-to-day-business” 
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Wimmer, Chairman of the Executive Board, BVL International


supply chain management logistics quality of life closed-loop systems digital economy global sourcing global distribution

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.World Economics ForumNew YorkUSA

About the authors

Wolfgang Lehmacher is Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economy Forum. Lehmacher holds a degree in Business Administration from the German Foreign Trade & Logistics Academy (DAV). While working in various renowned companies based in the express, post and logistics sector across Europe and the world over the past 25 years, he has acquired a reputation as expert in global supply chain and logistics.

Prior to joining the Forum, Lehmacher was Partner and Managing Director for China and India at CVA, a global strategy firm leading the global transportation and logistics practice. He also held a range of senior management positions; Lehmacher was President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental, the global expansion vehicle of France’s La Poste. For more than 10 years, Lehmacher led the international expansion of La Poste Groupe, first in Europe, then across the globe.

Lehmacher is the author of various publications including “How Logistics Shapes Our Lives”, “Logistics in the Light of Urbanization” and “Is Our Supply at Stake”. With his expertise in supply chain management, global logistics and the express parcel delivery business, Lehmacher is a frequent speaker at events such as the World Economic Forum, the Boao Forum in China, and leading supply chain conferences in the world as well as the Centre of Transportation and Logistics at MIT. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Global Supply Chain
  • Book Subtitle How Technology and Circular Thinking Transform Our Future
  • Authors Wolfgang Lehmacher
  • Series Title Management for Professionals
  • Series Abbreviated Title Management for Professionals
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-51114-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84570-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-51115-3
  • Series ISSN 2192-8096
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-810X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 169
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Operations Management
    Sustainability Management
    Sustainable Development
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