Contract Management

Sep 23, 2022  |  Director's Blog

US Air Force Defense Acquisition and Contract Officers Come to NC State

We were proud to host a group of 20 contract officers from a number of different US Air Force bases across the country, including Wright-Patterson (Ohio), Hill (Utah), Pope (NC), Charleston (SC), and several others.  We spent three days with […]

Aug 19, 2022  |  Director's Blog

Inflation is Here for Awhile… Let’s Start to Manage It!

I concluded the last of the three-part series with my good friend Tim Cummins from World Commerce and Contracting today on inflation, and the implications for contract management and supplier relationships. On Day 1, we discussed the current state of […]

Jul 21, 2022  |  Articles

Antitrust and the Supply Chain: Protecting the Power of the Markets

At first blush, many readers are probably asking the same question:  what does the DOJ Antitrust Division have to do with supply chain management?[1] I asked this question myself, when I engaged in a discussion with Devon Mahoney, (Technical Assistance […]

Sep 8, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Kairos Research, NC State, ASU Win IARPA Contract to Analyze Hidden Risks in Complex Supply Chains

If you look far enough back in history, you will find the literal definition of a linchpin to be an item which kept the wheels from falling off wooden carts.  During the recent COVID-19 crisis, we have all experienced firsthand the consequences of […]

Aug 12, 2021  |  Director's Blog

What Are Organizations Focused on Improving in Supply Chains in 2021?

The world we knew in 2019 has forever changed. Although global supply chains have grown more efficient through improvements in software technologies, cloud computing, mobilization, etc., many of the supply chains I’ve studied encountered are poorly equipped to operate a […]

Jul 26, 2021  |  Director's Blog

Human Resource Planning for Procurement, Contract Management and Supply Chain Management

I spoke recently on the subject of Strategic Human Capital, and the importance of developing human resource planning for supply chains with Dan Finkenstadt at the NCMA World Congress.  Much of the material was developed by Dr. Ian George, who […]

Sep 27, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Working from Home Versus the Office: Implications for Property Management

I was part of the World Commerce and Contracting (the new version of IACCM) Vibe Summit this past week, and had a great set of conversations with a number of executives about what the current work environment holds.  A number […]

Sep 6, 2020  |  Articles

Partnership is More Important than Digital Innovation when it comes to Complex Construction Projects

Across all industries, construction management has perhaps been the slowest to adopt digital technologies, and many opportunities exist to drive out inefficiencies.   Due to the multi-stakeholder and shifting nature of roles and responsibilities over the life of construction projects, numerous […]

Jul 31, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Force Majeure: A Non-Issue When it Comes to COVID Supply Chain Disruptions

Early in the pandemic, many lawyers were licking their chops, thinking about the stream of force majeure lawsuits that would be coming their way, with manufacturers suing suppliers, and vice versa, all using force majeure as a contractual escape hatch […]

May 1, 2020  |  Director's Blog

Catastrophic Impacts of COVID19 in Bangladesh Apparel Supply Chain

An article written by my former PhD student, Rejaul Hasan, and I just came out this week in Contracting Excellence, the journal published by IACCM, which documents the catastrophe that is unfolding in Bangladesh, one of the world’s major exporters […]