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About Michiel Steeman

Michiel Steeman is the inaugural holder of the Supply Chain Finance Professorship at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He is also the founder and chairman of the Supply Chain Finance Community which brings together over 30 leading business schools from more than 20 countries around the world who actively collaborate with companies, banks and governments in the developing field of supply chain finance.

Viewpoint: Crisis will take SCF beyond reverse factoring

By |June 30th, 2020|

The Covid-19 global crisis could spark the acceleration of purchase order financing as companies urgently need cash to bring their supply chains back to life. As some lockdown measures are cautiously eased around Europe, many businesses will be eager to re-start operations and revive their broken supply chains. Yet, to restart almost from scratch – [...]

Viewpoint: as the tragic global health crisis of Covid-19 becomes an economic one too, there is an urgent need to improve the resilience of our supply chains. 

By |May 2nd, 2020|

The scale of the human tragedy of the Covid-19 outbreak unfolding around the globe can often seem overwhelming. Who could anticipate the speed at which the virus took hold over one country after another? National death tolls have become a depressingly regular feature of each passing day. As I write this, there have been more [...]

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Viewpoint: Does the SCF Industry Need a Code of Conduct to Prevent ‘Extreme’ Programmes?

By |April 7th, 2020|

Governments and regulators are calling for a reappraisal of some supplier finance programmes. We should respond positively, says Michiel Steeman. Supply chain finance has faced renewed criticism in the media just a month into the year. The bad press is not new – we are familiar with similar accusations against multinationals taking their SCF programmes [...]

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Viewpoint: How SCF is responding to new pressures

By |December 5th, 2019|

Supply chain finance is becoming more than just a ‘solution’ as the market responds to the changing environmental and social pressures we face today.

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Viewpoint: SCF needs hard data to support success claims

By |May 29th, 2019|

The SCF Community is stepping up to the challenge of building a database on supply chain finance providers as demand for more accurate market information grows.

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Viewpoint: Online Social Rating Data to Shape SCF in China

By |March 19th, 2019|

The widening use of social ratings data is one trend that could shape the future of China's exciting, dynamic and unique supply chain finance sector.

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Unlocking the black box: A conversation with Fitch Ratings

By |October 16th, 2018|

Michiel Steeman speaks to Alex Griffiths of Fitch Ratings, discussing his recent report on SCF and whether reverse factoring is a positive or negative development.

Viewpoint: Serious business in a new circular economy game

By |September 3rd, 2018|

The Blue Connection is a new business game where global competitors remodel a bicycle business for the circular economy. (But why blue and not green?)

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Viewpoint: Italy’s 1960s SCF lessons for today’s China

By |August 7th, 2018|

The birth of supply chain finance in Italy in 1963 carried risks that imperilled buyers and suppliers alike. China must ensure it does not repeat those mistakes.

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Viewpoint: A new living lab to build the future of blockchain

By |May 9th, 2018|

Plans for a new blockchain 'living laboratory' will help explore real opportunities at the interface between the supply chain and finance, says Michiel Steeman.