Collaboration

  • Bring a Lieutenant

    May 18, 2010

    Bring a Lieutenant

    I caught up with a top Chief Procurement Officer and friend the other day. In our chat, we touched upon a whole host of topics and he’s now checking with... Read more

  • Cross Pollination

    May 5, 2010

    Cross Pollination

    I had an interesting call on Monday with two recent grads from a top-tier Supply Chain program that are now both part of a global supply chain rotation program at... Read more

  • Planes, Trains, and (Auto)-Mobility

    April 19, 2010

    Planes, Trains, and (Auto)-Mobility

    After the breakup of The Sugarcubes, I was pretty sure that nothing that ever happened in Iceland would have a big impact on my life. I was wrong. Curses, Eyjafjallajökull!!!... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    April 12, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 3)

    Today we conclude a series of articles (found here, here, and here) on Supplier Innovation. At the core, competitive advantage is built upon a foundation of enterprise partnerships with customers... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 2)

    April 9, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 2)

    Earlier this week, I discussed the opportunity to promote innovation by working with smaller suppliers and presented a successful case study of Kellogg’s development of supplier innovation program. Today, I... Read more

  • Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 1)

    April 7, 2010

    Harvesting Supplier Innovation (Part 1)

    On Monday, I made the case that “targeted bets on some smaller suppliers can help enterprises find that next big (or key incremental) innovation.” Today we’ll look at how procurement... Read more

  • A Cinderella Story

    April 5, 2010

    A Cinderella Story

    Everyone loves an underdog. Tonight at 9:21 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, Butler University tips off against Duke University in the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship... Read more

  • CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    March 26, 2010

    CPOs: Think Globally, Network Locally

    The CPOs in the Bay Area have an informal group that gets together from time to time to network and discuss best practices (Sidebar: I dialed into their meeting a... Read more

  • CFO-CPO Relations: A Work in Progress

    March 8, 2010

    CFO-CPO Relations: A Work in Progress

    As someone who has worked for many years in both finance and supply management, I have always found the relationship between the CPO and the CFO (and their departments) to... Read more

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