Director’s Blog

May 15, 2019  |  Articles

First NCSU Procurement Leadership Program a great success!

We held our first ever Procurement Leadership workshop this week, hosting a group of executives from Altria, American Red Cross, Cheniere Energy, Smith & Nephew, RSCS (YUM! Brands) and the US Air Force.   The mix of executives from both the […]

May 13, 2019  |  Articles

Are US-Chinese tariffs part of the new normal?

Today’s blog is a guest blog by my former student, Krunal Sonpal.  The topic is a timely one, the on-going US-Chinese tariffs and what it means for supply chain executives.  This is an issue that should cause every supply chain […]

Apr 27, 2019  |  Articles

Closing the Gap Between Buyers and Sellers: “Everything is Changed, Nothing is Different”

We hosted an extremely successful set of speakers at our SCRC meeting this past week.  One of my core beliefs, that I’ve espoused over the 30 years that I’ve been working in this field, is that working together for mutually […]

Apr 21, 2019  |  Articles

Guest Post: An MBA student’s perspective on the ISM Meeting 2019

This week’s guest post is from my MBA student, Nikhil Singh, who accompanied me to the recent Institute for Supply Management conference in Houston.  I enjoyed hearing his perspectives on the sessions, and invited him to post to my blog.  […]

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 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 […]