SUPPLY CHAIN RESOURCE COOPERATIVE

  1. The next big disaster of 2013 could be the Category 5 Typhoon Usagi that is set to hit Taiwan, Hong Kong and China Mainland this Sunday.  Don’t be surprised if there are supply chain disruptions. Nathan Freeman, Climate Science Applications & Outreach Coordinator, for the NC State program Climate Change and Society, gave me a […]

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  2. One of the most interesting panels from the Boston Procurement Leaders conference was focused on Talent Management.  We heard from a number of speakers on the subject of how the need for talent is shifting dramatically in the years ahead. The first to comment on this was Ken Litton, CPO at Deutsche Bank, and a […]

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  3. Steve Baggott, the leader of Procter and Gamble’s Connect+Develop open innovation program spoke at Procurement Leaders this morning, and shared the importance of changing views of working with suppliers. Steve emphasized that it is about connectedness – identifying ecosystems outside the enterprise with whom you can connect to accelerate.  This might include retirees from P&G […]

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  4. Ronald Coase passed away this past week, at the ripe old age of 102 1/2.  He represents one of the truly brilliant economists who helped shaped our understanding of management enterprise.  Coase took on the challenges of management and the evolution of the modern firm, and was awarded a Nobel prize for his work.  He […]

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  5. I am on the road this week, acting as Chair (e.g. “master of ceremonies”) for the Procurement Leaders Forum in the heart of Boston at Sixty State Street.  There were hundreds of brilliant individuals in the room and in the space of two minutes, I had run into two fellow Wolfpackers:  the Chief Procurement Officer […]

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  6. In the September issue of the Supply Chain Management Review, Andreas Wieland from Berlin Technical University and I have published a thoughtpiece on the application of social responsible criteria to the supply chain. As we discussed this concept, it became clear that three key elements lay at the foundation of creation of social responsibility when […]

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  7. Today’s New York Times has a front-page story on how supply chain inspections of factories have become a vital link in the supply chain of overseas production. An extensive examination by the authors reveals how the “inspection system intended to protect workers and ensure manufacturing quality is riddled with flaws. The inspections are often so […]

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