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May 17, 2018

Master Data System Enables Quick Wins Through Component Standardization

Having a robust master part and master supplier list can yield many low hanging fruit for organizations in the early stages of their procurement transformation.  Many of these opportunities can… 

Apr 28, 2018

SCRC Executive Panel Discussion: “Relational Contracting in an Uncertain Ecosystem”

A panel of industry practitioners offered their views on how market trends and technologies are impacting contract management and relational contracting at the latest SCRC meeting on April 19.  Thank… 

Apr 15, 2018

Relational Contracts Student Project: Alternative Means to Settling Contract Disputes

As part of the lead-up to our SCRC meeting this week on Relational Contracting, I am featuring the first of five papers by some of our online MBA students who… 

Jan 20, 2011


Managers must ensure that appropriate personnel receive periodic training with respect to the organization’s ethical and professional standards. Supply managers should ensure that their personnel receive training on current thinking… 

Jan 19, 2011

Supplier Intelligence

Supplier Intelligence is the purposeful, coordinated and ethical monitoring of strategic suppliers, within a specific marketplace. 

Jan 19, 2011

Legal Issues

Purchasing law has been primarily developed from laws regarding contracts. In order for a contract to be valid, four conditions must be present: 1) Parties with full contractual capacity should… 

Jan 19, 2011

Supplier Integration in New Product Development

Supplier integration into new product/process/service development suggests that suppliers are providing information and directly participating in decision making for purchases used in the new product/process/service. This integration can occur during… 

Jan 19, 2011

Joint Venture

An agreement between two or more firms to risk equity capital to attempt a specific business objective. Source: 

Jan 19, 2011

Supplier Development Training

Education and training is the most common approach to supplier development and improvement. A purchaser may provide training in statistical process control, quality improvement techniques, just-in-time delivery or any other… 

Jan 19, 2011

Insource vs Outsource

The act of deciding whether to produce an item internally or buy it from an outside supplier. Factors to consider in the decision include costs, capacity availability, proprietary and/or specialized…