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Sep 4, 2010

How important is data cleansing in spend management?

I recently entered into an interesting debate with a software provider who was developing software for the healthcare industry.  (See the previous post and white paper on spend management in… 

Jul 29, 2010

Spend Management Solutions for the Healthcare Industry: An Industry Assessment

Spend Management in Healthcare The SCRC recently conducted an industry study, led by Dr. Handfield, and four MBA students (Ragesh Rajan, Rahul Sharma, Sangrum Chavan, and Swetha Menta) on the… 

Jul 17, 2010

Why Healthcare Needs to Think About Spend Management Solutions

Healthcare providers are facing continued lower operating margins, increased risks and potentially once-in-a-lifetime health care reform.  With this backdrop, there is an increasing focus on Supply Chain Management as a… 

Jul 4, 2010

The Critical Role of Procurement in the BP Oil Spill Cleanup: Part II

In a prior blog, I discussed the important role that procurement is playing at BP.  Shortly after this event, I had a discussion with another group of executives involved in… 

Jun 6, 2010

From Raleigh to Dubai: A Post from One of our MBA Graduates

I recently received an email from one of our recent MBA graduates (Bert Coslow, class of 2009) who shared with me the exciting role that he is playing in his… 

Jun 4, 2010

The Role of Supply Management in Acquisitions: What about supply base risks?

The role of supply management in enterprise strategy, particularly in the area of acquisitions, is suddenly getting more important.  The C-Suite is recognizing now that when ac acquisition occurs, the… 

May 31, 2010

Putting in a Plan for the Shrimpers and Wildlife of Louisiana

The in-depth analysis in the two stories in this week’s Wall Street Journal provided clear insight into the minuscule details of the disaster that unfolded, the lives that were lost,… 

May 26, 2010

BP's [Oily] Black Swan Event

Let's think back on how things went the last time government emergency management was involved... 

May 18, 2010

The BP Oil Spill: The Critical Role of Procurement in Managing this Disaster

I had lunch today in Houston, and sat with a BP procurement manager.  We spent some time discussing the BP Oil spill, which is making headlines all over the world.… 

May 18, 2010

Mattel’s Indirect Procurement Organization: Lessons Learned Through Experience!

At a recent presentation in Los Angeles sponsored by Zycus Spend Management systems, Carol Danoff, VP of Global Procurement shared a personal story about her introduction to the world of…