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Value System analysis and integration can aid industries as disconnected as Afghanistan's hand-woven carpet industry


The planning phase of any value system project should begin with a clear definition of the region. This definition includes all economic development documents, regional plans, vision documents, or other relevant documents from key stakeholders in the community. Addressing the vision - or as is often the case - multiple visions for any region allows the project team to effectively span the breadth of perspectives in the stakeholder community. This anchors the initiative with community alignment at the very front of the effort.

Once the vision is understood, the collection of current businesses, resources, transportation networks, infrastructure and points of contact for the region starts. This process requires industry expertise to accurately document each aspect of the value system. Once a preliminary map of the region is complete, the data is validated to ensure the decisions made to improve the future of the region are made on current, complete information. This validation requires experienced subject matter experts with years of experience, allowed a nuanced understanding of the system.


The interviews allow for the documentation of the interactions across nodes. The organizational interactions are characterized by the actual flow of goods and services down-stream and correlating financial flows upstream in the system. These interactions are viewed through multiple lenses (network-based, heat maps, value stream mapping and so forth) to understand the region.

As the interactions are mapped and overlaid onto the regional resource map (including infrastructure, transportation networks, etc.) they can be used to identify opportunities and risks for the region. Opportunities and risks are relative to the vision of the community and economic trends at-large. Supply Chain Visions use of industry experts during this evaluation helps ensure all viable opportunities and risks are identified.


Once identified and documented, the opportunities and risks are ranked according to the priorities of the region. Beginning with a filter based on the ability-to-influence and the impact of the opportunity or risk, the options are narrowed to the low-hanging fruit and the necessary. The low-hanging fruit provide the quick wins needed to further align the community and gain political and social momentum for change. The opportunities and risks that necessitate action often have a greater impact and require more effort to influence.

Our team can perform statistical and visual modeling and simulation of the network. This allows for improved accuracy of impact estimates from each opportunity or risk. Our modeling and simulation team is led by PhD level scientists with experience modeling multi-billion dollar value systems.


After the prioritized options are reviewed, refined and approved for action, the hard work begins. Supply Chain Visions provides support in creating POAM (Plan of Action and Milestones), including Offices and Primary and Secondary Responsibility and Team Leads. Once approved, our team helps communicate that plan with the stakeholders engaged earlier during the data collection period. Using the cognitive tools created during the Measure phase, our experts enable your staff with data and visual tools necessary to demonstrate the positive impact across the value system, including each individual business and organization.

In order to realize enduring change in a regional economic system of any size, a clear map of the economic flows through the region must be constructed. This map provides the foundation for effective prioritization and opportunity identification. Our experts map the flow of goods and creation of value throughout the regional economy.

The map provides an assessment context to consider projects, spending, investment, points of leverage, risk mitigation for secondary and tertiary impacts, a focused communications strategy to the current economic base, or any number of similar threads.

Understanding the regional values system - the commercial activity - involves more than traffic patterns, individual manufacturer supply chain studies, industrial park inventories and open-source database mining. It begins with a team of economic, supply chain, industrial and strategic experts to collect, validate, visualize, analyze and effectively communicate the "As-Is" and "To-Be" value system for the region. This comprehensive understanding of both the specific interactions between regional nodes as well as motivations for selecting certain providers and partners allows regional planners the ability to effect positive change in the region.

Our team uses a proven method for developing an action plan for a regional economic system.

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