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Category Archives: Supply Chain Talent Management

  1. A lot of blogs and writers are discussing the role of machines vs. humans and their relationship, especially in the context of supply chain management.  Scenarios are being painted of computers operating in a real-time environment, using blockchain to process transactions, relying on Internet of Things to order goods and services, which are delivered by […]

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  2. I had the opportunity today to listen to a fantastic presentation to a group of Lenovo executives, while working with their SAIL Executive Development program.  Kirk Skaugen, Executive VP and President of the Data Center Group at Lenovo, spoke to the group on some key lessons that he learned throughout his career, which began at Intel more than […]

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  3. Continuing my reporting of the Procurement Leaders meeting in Miami, I sat in on a very interesting session that included three professionals from very different walks of life: Captain Harry Thetford – Defense Logistics Agency Robin Shahani – CPO, TD Ameritreade Cynthia Dautrich, CPO from Kimberly Clark Each of these individuals had an excellent perspective […]

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  4. Stuart William was in one of my former MBA classes at NC State in 2008, and graduated into one of the worst economies ever in May of 2009. Upon graduation, there simply weren’t any jobs available at all! During that period, he networked with as many people as possible, including a fund raising arm at […]

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  5. It is that time of year again, and the SCRC team is getting ready to prepare for a new semester starting the week of August 15th!  As always, we have a great set of new projects that we are teeing up for this semester, which provide an interesting set of “real-time” challenges for our students. […]

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  6. I had a chance to review the new book by Jim Hansen and Kelly Barner, “Procurement at a Crossroads“, which explores the many changes that the profession is facing, and challenges individuals to do things differently.  (I blushed a bit at the number of my  citations in the book including an interview I did with […]

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  7. An article published in the Wall Street Journal identifies what I have been saying for years now….Supply chain talent is a hot commodity!  Many of the skills that we’ve identified in prior posts on this site have discussed the key skills and knowledge that recruiters are looking for in supply chain students.  And schools like NC […]

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  8. Gerard Chick and I were recently interviewed by Kelly Barner on the Buyer’s Meeting Point Blog Talk Radio yesterday, and this was posted on their site for any interested parties to view.  We spent a lot of time talking about the need to move up the maturity ladder, as well as the different sets of […]

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  9. This is a guest post from Director Clyde Crider of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, based on an MBA panel he sat in on yesterday at NC State’s Poole College of Management. We are frequently asked to provide guidance and advice to students about how to be successful in their academic pursuits and professional careers.  […]

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  10. Bloomberg Businessweek released its MBA rankings today, placing the Jenkins MBA at number 29 among full-time MBA programs in the United States. This ranking is a notable jump from number 54 just a year ago and number 63 (out of 63) three years ago.  The full ranking is available on the Bloomberg Businessweek website, where you will find […]

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  11. I am speaking at the Zycus Horizons conference this week, being held at the Reynolds Plantation in Georgia.  As part of the conference, I’m delivering a talk on five predictions that every procurement professional should consider.  These aren’t so much “predictions”, as opportunities that procurement professionals should become aware of, and educate themselves on.  I […]

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  12. The Supply Chain Management Review, one of the leading practitioner journals in the field of supply chain, is hosting their first ever conference in November at the Rosemount Hilton at O’Hare Airport in Chicago.  The conference, titled Supply Chain Outlook promises to be an exciting event, with many leading speakers and academics attending.  I look […]

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  13. A recent review by Peter Smith of my new book, “The Procurement Value Proposition”, co-authored with Gerard Chick, provides some solid support for the message Gerard and I were seeking to develop.  Peter Smith is a writer for the organization Spend Matters, which has spawned a UK division as well.  In his review, Peter calls […]

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  14. A recent report by Software Advice – a supply chain execution software reviews site – provides insights into what a group of executives surveyed is looking for from supply chain job listings.Software Advice analyzed 200 job listings to find out what it really takes to be a supply chain manager.  Some of the highlights included the following. On […]

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  15. A new Gartner 2014 Top US Supply Chain MBA Program Rankings report of top graduate supply chain programs within the United States came out yesterday – with the NC State Jenkins MBA and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative advancing seven spots to 15th place. This follows the college’s undergraduate supply chain ranking of 24 in August, its first […]

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  16. We had another great set of student projects during our Spring SCRC student poster session.  Students presented a total of 26 projects, including both practicum projects from our undergraduates, our MBA, and the new Local Food Systems Class. A big part of the event involved the bi-annual student poster competition.  Executives voted on the best […]

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  17. I recently completed a study of 25 CPO’s, each providing their view of what procurement will look like in 2025.  You can download the full report at this link. Procurement has a history that is linked in the core concepts of centralization, volume leveraging, and cost reduction.  The earliest traces of this can be linked […]

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. A recent interview I conducted with a former Chief Procurement Officer who has worked for over 25 years in procurement in various industries captures what I believe is the true opportunity that exists for supply management executives. “The space occupied by procurement is not well understood by the CEO or the CFO in most companies, […]

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  21. A CPO in the financial services industry also noted that a need to redefine procurement’s role in the enterprise is happening, driven by the recognition that a new type of procurement capability is needed: Prior to our transformation, the ONLY metric by which our performance was measured is how much money we saved for the […]

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  22. I recently visited with a large services company, and learned a few things talking to their supply chain recruiters that provided some great insights for students to think about. First, the managers I spoke with talked about things every student who is serious about finding a job should do before an interview: –       Be prepared […]

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  23. I recently interviewed John Zapko at Lenovo, who talked to me about some of the issues Lenovo is facing globally around supply chain talent management.  John began our interview by commenting on the importance of this topic. Zapko:  Without question, attracting talent, bringing it on board, being able to hire this talent and especially retaining […]

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