Robert Handfield Ph.D.

Apr 15, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Leveraging Technology in the Retail Supply Chain

Companies in the retail sector are looking to automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological advancements to augment various sectors of their business. Savvy businesses are deploying new technology solutions everywhere from their supply chains to their storefronts. Technology is assisting […]

Apr 10, 2019

Comments from Former Fed Chief Janet Yellen at ISM Meeting 2019

I had an opportunity to speak at ISM this week on a presentation related to our just released CAPS study on combating counterfeiting.  At the main session Tuesday morning, I also got to hear Tom Linton’s speech as he accepted […]

Apr 6, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Can Technology Improve Contract Renewal Processes? Paper 4 in the Series on Contract Management

Our fourth paper in our series on contract management features a great summary by Sara Sonderman, who pulls together some great information on the application of technology in contract management and renewals.  Lots to think about here… and also a […]

Apr 3, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Summary of Development and Manufacture Contracts in the Aerospace and Defense Industries

Our third contract research paper is by James Wilkinson, focusing on aerospace contracts which typically entail a great deal of risk (as illustrated by the Boeing 737 MAX incident…) The type of contract of interest in this report is for […]

Apr 3, 2019  |  Articles

Discussion with Tim Cummins Captured on Video

I had a fantastic conversation with Tim Cummins of IACCM in a videotaped webinar yesterday, and we discussed some of the many elements that surround contract risk.  The link to the video is available to all. Much of Tim’s discussion […]

Apr 1, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Risk Management in Contract Pharmaceutical Development: Contract Research Part 2

The second installation in our series on contract management research published by MBA students from my online Contract Management class is by Julia Condit, and focuses on the challenges of managing contracts in the pharmaceutical industry.  As pharmaceutical companies go […]

Mar 30, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Smart Contracts in a Paper World

This is the first of several research articles on contract management produced by our MBA students in our online Contract Management class.  The first of these is by Mike Petrillo, reviewing what smart contracts are and how they can change […]

Mar 22, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leadership Workshop: Addressing the Need for a New Stakeholder Influence Model

Some of the typical complaints I hear from procurement colleagues are the same ones I heard 20 years ago, and it seems as if nothing has changed. “Procurement doesn’t get any respect!  I can’t get people in the business to […]

Mar 22, 2019  |  Director's Blog

SCRC Meeting: Closing the Gap Between Marketing and Procurement

Our upcoming SCRC meeting on April 25 will explore a topic that has been top of mind for me and several other people for some time. To give you a clue as to what this is about, consider the typical […]

Mar 4, 2019  |  Articles

Addressing Labor Shortages in Warehouse and DC Operations

A group of executive joined SCRC faculty and staff for a one-day workshop held on February 28, 2019.  Companies represented included Advanced Auto Parts, John Deere, Hanes Brands, UPS, FHI, Lenovo, GSK, Altria, and UNC Healthcare.  The topics of discussion […]