Director’s Blog

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 […]

Feb 23, 2019  |  Director's Blog

KraftHeinz Procurement Bends to 3G Capital’s Policies: How’s it Working Out for You?

Several stories came out this week, related to KraftHeinz’s share price, its procurement department, and the fate of its parent company, 3G Capital. First, Fortune reported that the stock price of Kraft Heinz plunged 20% late Thursday after the food giant disclosed […]

Feb 17, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Hospitals Suffer from a Lack of Market Transparency: New Evidence from a Research Project with SCWorx

Healthcare in the United States of America is a USD $3.2 Trillion industry, yet is often described by experts as a “cottage industry” due to the lack of maturity surrounding its contract management and supply chain practices.   Research suggests that […]

Feb 11, 2019  |  Articles

New Flex CEO Revathi Advaithi Highlights our LIVING Supply Chain Book

I recently learned that the new incoming CEO of Flex, one of the largest global contract manufacturers in the world, has highlighted the book I wrote with Tom Linton last year called the “LIVING Supply Chain:  The Imperative of Operating […]

Jan 31, 2019  |  Director's Blog

IBM Watson Intelligent Supply Chain Workshop Brings Executives Together to Share Thoughts on Deployment

On January 29th, the NC State Supply Chain Resource Cooperative held a one-day workshop, bringing together executives representing a number of industries, including Lenovo, UPS, Duke Energy, Toshiba, Caterpillar, YUM Brands, American Red Cross, MetLife, and IBM, to compare notes […]