Supply Chain Talent Management

Apr 10, 2018  |  Articles

Strategic Roles in Procurement Haven’t Changed Much

A recent post on Public Spend Forum asked the following question: What are the key 4-6 roles (e.g. Buyer, Commodity Manager, etc …) common to all public procurement organizations that help you align the “right skills” with the “right roles”, to achieve […]

Dec 22, 2017  |  Articles

Supply Chain Predictions for 2018: Real-Time, Innovation, Cognitive, Blockchain, Industry-Academic Partnerships, and Taking a Stand!

I had an opportunity to work on a number of exciting projects this past year, and in the process, spent a lot of time talking about digital supply chains with a lot of really informed people.  Here are a few […]

Oct 21, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Creating the Right Team Culture for A Deluge of Data: Storytelling as a Core Capability

A core element in the LIVING supply chain is the concept around the “Anti-Control Tower”, of what has been called a “data democracy”.  An important shift in human behavior is required to adopt to a world where individuals at a […]

Jun 21, 2017  |  Director's Blog

The Digital Supply Chain Will Change Everything… Ask Gary Kasparov!

A lot of blogs and writers are discussing the role of machines vs. humans and their relationship, especially in the context of supply chain management.  Scenarios are being painted of computers operating in a real-time environment, using blockchain to process […]

Jun 14, 2017  |  Director's Blog

10 Pieces of Career Advice for Supply Chain Students from a Seasoned Expert

I had the opportunity today to listen to a fantastic presentation to a group of Lenovo executives, while working with their SAIL Executive Development program.  Kirk Skaugen, Executive VP and President of the Data Center Group at Lenovo, spoke to the […]

Mar 17, 2017  |  Director's Blog

Procurement Leaders Blog Post: Cross-Functional Teaming is Easier Said Then Done

Continuing my reporting of the Procurement Leaders meeting in Miami, I sat in on a very interesting session that included three professionals from very different walks of life: Captain Harry Thetford – Defense Logistics Agency Robin Shahani – CPO, TD […]

Oct 12, 2016  |  Articles

A "Swiss Army Knife" of Supply Chain Talent Requirements: Views from a Former Wolfpack Student

Stuart William was in one of my former MBA classes at NC State in 2008, and graduated into one of the worst economies ever in May of 2009. Upon graduation, there simply weren’t any jobs available at all! During that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jan 15, 2016  |  Director's Blog

SCM is smoking hot!….Why students should consider NC State for a supply chain major.

An article published in the Wall Street Journal identifies what I have been saying for years now….Supply chain talent is a hot commodity!  Many of the skills that we’ve identified in prior posts on this site have discussed the key skills […]