Supply Chain Finance

Work Team


The Supply Chain Finance Observatory of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano was established in 2013 to address the increasing interest of companies and public authorities in the possibilities offered by supply chain finance solutions to optimise their working capital and access to credit. By Supply Chain Finance, we mean the set of models, solutions and services that can be used to optimise financial performance - especially in terms of controlling working capital - and which exploit knowledge gained from managing supply chain relationships. The aim of the Observatory is to generate and share knowledge about Supply Chain Finance, and so contribute towards spreading these solutions across the Italian market, to the benefit of all players, and stimulate debate and dialogue by creating a community of C-level executives.


Conduct analysis and research that help companies, from both the supply and demand sides, and Italian public authorities to examine the issue of Supply Chain Finance critically (fields of application, technologies, international benchmarks, value chain, analysis of user companies, legislation, etc.).


Organise events so that the main players in this market and the Observatory’s Advisory Board directors can meet and debate on these topics.
Take part in matters concerning the International Supply Chain Finance Community.


Create a culture and spread knowledge on the concept and solutions of Supply Chain Finance within companies in the sector and among potential users (private and public organisations).


On the technical and legal aspects concerning the world of Supply Chain Finance. On the structure, relationships and features of specific supply chains.


Research for 2018-2019, in line with the aim of the Observatory to generate and share knowledge about Supply Chain Finance, and so contribute towards spreading these solutions across the Italian market, to the benefit of all players, runs along main streams:

  • Measure the Supply Chain Finance potential and served market at Italian and International level;
  • Develop creditworthiness evaluation models integrating information of various nature;
  • Identify the business models of the various players involved in Supply Chain Finance solutions;
  • Monitor actions supporting supply chain development, identifying best practices;
  • Study SCF impact on company roles and processes;
  • Identify how SCF can represent a support driver for the development of innovation processes.


The Observatory is also part of the International Supply Chain Finance Community (www.scfcommunity.com), an organization that creates and shares knowledge on the Supply Chain Finance concept, developing activities, projects and initiatives to support the spread and implementation of the various solutions, primarily at European level


The Advisory Board plays a distinctive role within the Supply Chain Finance Observatory. This community of managers from production or distribution companies, with a variety of backgrounds (mainly in Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain, Purchasing and ICT) discusses and makes observations on the work carried out and shared by the research team, debating these matters on the basis of their own experience in the field. To see the Community of C-level managers involved last year go to this link.


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For further information, collaboration and support requests for the other researches of the Supply Chain Finance Observatory, please contact Claudia Cervatti (email: claudia.cervatti@polimi.it).