A blog developed and monitored by Richard Walton, MBA
Adjunct Professor of Management, New School University, NYC
Scaling is being utilized today by all types of organizations in the frantic world wide effort to stop the spread of the corona virus. The situation is unique in several ways. There is no vaccine that can mitigate the effects of the virus. Hundreds of thousands of people have been infected and thousands have already died due to it. Adding to this critical need are the shortages evident throughout the supply chain that are slowing needed resources.
In the United States, the Central Government is embracing the goal of providing resources to enable the healthcare system to ultimately overcome the virus. Other levels of government (state, regional, local) are also actively pursuing supplies and infrastructure while the efforts of many private manufacturing firms are working as well to help stop the pandemic.
None of this is easy, and there have already been communications and other problems within governmental entities as well as the private sector. The goal remains the same: obtain the needed supplies. We want to address in this blog the roles small businesses are playing and the additional roles they may play to meet the ever growing needs.
We’ll start with manufactured items.
What are they and in what volume are they needed?
Can presently deployed equipment be augmented through expansion or specification changes that will permit through-putting more product? (Think: reverse engineering)
Can contracting be used to engage the processing power of other firms? (Think: joint venture, acquisition, merger)
Can presently existing equipment but not being used in this effort be repurposed?
Can additional training be used to augment the labor force and also permit off site piece work to meet the social distancing requirements?
Can artificial intelligence (AI) be utilized to more effectively to plan production and distribution?
Your comments and suggestions about this blog are welcome. Most of all we hope to stimulate productive discussion hopefully leading to increased output of critically needed resources.