During the virtual IISE Annual Conference & Expo 2020 in November, Jim Tompkins spoke about how the last 10 months have felt like 10 years, which is a result of the level of VUCA occurring today. The concept of VUCA – which stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity – was invented in the 1980s by the U.S. Army War College as a way to describe the state of the world following the Cold War. The level of VUCA occurring in 2020 is something we have never experienced before.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has had the largest global and supply chain impact, there were several other events that contributed to the high level of VUCA in 2020.

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This article is provided for informational purposes only with permission of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers from the January 2021 issue of ISE magazine, Copyright©2021. All rights reserved.

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