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Anand Nair, PhD, CFPIM
Researcher, educator, consultant, and data scientist working with organizations in manufacturing, healthcare and retail sectors on issues such as inventory management, forecasting, pricing, capacity planning, lean systems, manufacturing planning and control, quality management, contracting, product development, process improvement and technology implementation. Interested in examining ways in which manufacturing and service firms learn, adapt, and self-organize to manage complexity, risk, and relationships inherent in operational, supply chain, and innovation activities. Engaged in investigating how manufacturing and service firms can manage supply and innovation networks by strengthening end-to-end visibility and fostering adaptive strategic and operational behaviors to improve cost, quality, delivery, flexibility, innovation and sustainability performance.
Interests: music, movies, workout, reading, writing, traveling
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Combating counterfeits is not a matter of developing software or systems or markings. Our research suggests that a multi-layered approach that adopts multiple strategies and engages the entire organization is needed. Initially, the size of the problem must be defined and the return on investment approximated. This can help define the need for a team of experts to work in this area, leading to a set of performance metrics that are aligned with business objectives and outcomes. Next, the key focal product seg­ ments should be targeted, and a system for identifying products through product trade­ mark registration with customs authorities should be completed. Continue reading
In this paper, we examine how manufacturing strategic alignment and process integration affect manufacturing plant performance under two distinct environmental contexts presented by long-term macroeconomic instability. A large-scale dataset was specifically assembled for the purpose of this research investigation by combining plant-level survey data on practices and performance with secondary macroeconomic data for 14 countries from multiple sources. The results from multi-level regression analyses indicate that while manufacturing strategy alignment and process integration are beneficial for plant perfor- mance, they have distinct effects when the contingency factor, macroeconomic instability, is taken in consid- eration. Notably, when plants face high macroeconomic instability, process integration has a stronger effect on performance whereas in low instability environment manufacturing strategy alignment provides higher performance benefits. Continue reading
In a recently published article we find that the size of chain organizations has a nonlinear effect on performance of dialysis facilities. Medium-sized chain organizations have lower efficiency and higher quality than smaller and larger chain organizations Continue reading
Supply chain disruption and the sudden halt in trade has exposed how interdependent countries are in sourcing and manufacturing. An article published in the Wall Street Journal presents the example of Scania, a Swedish company that makes of trucks, buses... Continue reading
Here are some key points from an interesting opinion piece published in the New York Times. Assuming we already know Corona virus, vaccine is expected to be ready by May 2036 if no strategies for shortening the time-line is taken:... Continue reading
A recent co-authored paper that examines the performance implications of buyer’s dependence on supplier. We identify ways in which the buyer can manage dependence situations. Our study shows that the effect of dependence on the supplier is influenced by absorptive... Continue reading
Dependence on quarantined areas and strategies for managing sourcing risk Continue reading
China manufactures the bulk of personal protective equipment used by healthcare providers in the United States. Other countries supplies these equipments are also hit hard by the coronavirus. Healthcare organizations in the United States typically buy more than 2 million N95 masks each month. The shortage of available capacity for production due to factory closures can result in a month long delay in the delivery of N95 marks that are used to protect against the spread of airborne illness. These masks differ from the standard surgical masks as they effectiveness depends on they proper fit and use. Healthcare workers are expected to be trained in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s protocols for their use. Continue reading
Based on the information that the World Health Organization (WHO) received from the National Health Commission on 11th and 12th January, it was highly suggestive that the outbreak is associated with exposures in one seafood market in Wuhan. Continue reading
It was an enlightening and inspiring experience visiting and witnessing success stories of student-led consulting projects in underprivileged communities (villages) in Panama. These projects are facilitated by Global Brigades, an international non-profit that uniquely implements a holistic model to meet a community’s health and economic goals ( The projects include establishment of internationally recognized community-owned banks in some of the country’s most under resourced, rural communities, micro-financing ventures created and run by indigenous tribes, helping these ventures succeed by offering hands-on business solutions, and providing healthcare to underprivileged communities ( Continue reading
First-Aid, Rapid Response Drone in India Continue reading
Africa's first drone 'Air Corridor’ - A partnership initiative by UNICEF and Zipline Continue reading
Aerial blood sample deliveries in Norway Continue reading
Strengthening land rights and supply chain for farmers Continue reading
We owe it to children to keep them safe at school. We cannot ask our children to both look to the future while simultaneously ducking for cover Continue reading
Nature is a powerful genetic resource Continue reading
Five young Africans are revolutionizing agriculture and medicine with their inventions. Continue reading
A quarter of all modern medicines come from tropical forest plants like the ones these indigenous activists are protecting deep in the Amazon rainforest. Continue reading
USAID’s prefabricated, solar-powered, and air-conditioned warehouses to hold lifesaving medicines Continue reading
Since launching in April, the first drone delivery base has made more than 1,300 aerial deliveries, delivered more than 7,000 critical and emergency medicines to patients Continue reading
Is the digital divide hampering the malaria response in Africa? Continue reading
Impact investing: a new way to fund cures for cancer Continue reading
A public procurement project managed by UNDP has lowered the cost of medicines for treating Hepatitis C & HIV patients across Kazakhstan & Ukraine Continue reading