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Supply chain smile ... or ... Supply chain dangerous

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It's always important to know your odds when dealing with new business partners, ventures or trading relationships. In fact there are many parallels with the story lines of many famous Bangkok "noir" novels that can make the supply chain business environment quite exciting _ if not one of constant intrigue and challenge. 

The connection with fiction: I have the pleasure to be involved in hosting a forthcoming fiction writers' night, and on meeting some of Bangkok's master thriller authors I have often been led to make comparisons between my own profession and the "reality" of their novels.

Noir fiction is very popular in Bangkok where I live. It is popularly described as a literary genre in which the protagonist is not a detective, but instead is either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. A typical protagonist is dealing with legal, political or other relationships that are no less corrupt than the perpetrator's own standards. As in real-life supply chain scenarios, the protagonist is either victimised and/or finds himself having to bully or muscle others on a daily basis, leading to lose-lose outcomes. (Many retail buyers and logistics contract managers will identify with this.)

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