1. I learned today that one of the articles I published with colleagues from the University of Tennessee, Oxford University, and Manchester University was cited for the 2013 Emerald citation of Excellence award. Now in their seventeenth year, these distinguished annual awards recognize the 50 most outstanding articles published by the top 300 management journals in […]

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  2. Logistics complexity – in the form of fragmented channels, increased product variations, and consumer demand for customized solutions – has been increasing, according to a global study published recently by BVL International, a worldwide supply chain and logistics membership organization. “Several trends identified in the study demonstrate that a number of major challenges lie ahead as […]

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  3. Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of individuals about how important it is to change people’s view of the procurement function.  Up to now, let’s face it, procurement people haven’t always been the most popular folks around the water cooler.   But in the last two years, I’ve […]


  4. When Jon Stegner walked in to his first week at the University of Chicago Medical Center, one of the first places he visited was the Emergency Room, and the nearby supply room. What he saw there, was in his words, “chaos”. Medical supplies were in boxes strewn in random piles. Many of the boxes contained […]