Strategic Sourcing

Oct 8, 2016  |  Director's Blog

It's About Time for a new "World Class Supply Chain" Paradigm

As a young assistant professor at Michigan State University in 1992, I was part of a group called the Global Procurement Benchmarking Initiative. This initiative benchmarked over 300 global companies, and set forth many of the principles for what we […]

Sep 14, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Lessons from Nortel Networks

Jeff Townley, former Chief Procurement Officer at Nortel Networks, provided some fantastic insights in my MBA class this evening.  In so doing, he shared some great insights about “Outsourcing:  The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” The GOOD – “ODM’s […]

Aug 23, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Sustainable Procurement Finally Getting Its Own Standard

A new post discussed the development of a sustainable procurement standard developed by the International Standards Organization.  ISO 20400, Sustainable procurement – Guidance, has just reached a second draft international standard stage, meaning interested parties can submit feedback via their ISO […]

Aug 6, 2016  |  Director's Blog

MBA Supply Management Class Prepares Exciting New Set of Projects for Fall 2016

It is that time of year again, and the SCRC team is getting ready to prepare for a new semester starting the week of August 15th!  As always, we have a great set of new projects that we are teeing […]

Apr 19, 2016  |  Director's Blog

The Do's and Don'ts of Deal Making and Contract Management

I had an opportunity to sit in on the second day of the Sourcing Industry Group meeting in Orlando today.  Ed Hansen from the law firm of Morgan Lewis presented on the essentials of writing a good contract.  Good is […]

Apr 11, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Bo Andersson's Supply Strategy Collides With Vladimir Putin's Russia: The Performance Triangle Collapses

Automotive news seems to be coming up a lot lately.  A story in the Wall Street Journal revealed that Bo Andersson, the current CEO of Russia’s largest car maker AvtoVAZ, plans to step down. The Renault-Nissan Alliance is the majority owner […]

Mar 15, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Technology: An Update from Spend Matters in Baltimore

Today I travelled to Baltimore to attend the ISM/Spend matters Global Procurement Tech Summit.  I will be speaking on procurement analytics tomorrow, but got to attend a set of great sessions over the first half of the day. The first speaker […]

Feb 18, 2016  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Analytics: Hanging Out and Thinking About Value

I had an opportunity to go on a “Google Hangout” with Alex Zhong from IBM yesterday.  We recorded the hangout discussion, and it gave me an opportunity to share some of my thoughts on how procurement needs to really step up […]

Feb 8, 2016  |  Director's Blog

"Procurement at a Crossroads": Spot On and Makes You Think

I had a chance to review the new book by Jim Hansen and Kelly Barner, “Procurement at a Crossroads“, which explores the many changes that the profession is facing, and challenges individuals to do things differently.  (I blushed a bit […]

Dec 4, 2015  |  Director's Blog

Interview on Buyer's Meeting Point BlogTalk Radio: Creating Procurement Value is a Lot of Work!

Gerard Chick and I were recently interviewed by Kelly Barner on the Buyer’s Meeting Point Blog Talk Radio yesterday, and this was posted on their site for any interested parties to view.  We spent a lot of time talking about […]