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Procurement Matters: Innovation and Procurement

Why do organisations seek to innovate, and in particular, why is the Procurement function so interested in tapping-in to supplier’s innovative capabilities? This is mainly because 70% of a typical company’s Cost of Sales is in products and services sourced from external suppliers and providers. That’s where tomorrow’s innovations are

Thinking about a career in procurement?

I’ve been asked to present to the local girls’ school on the subject of a career in procurement. It’s essentially a talk offering career advice to sixth-formers who are thinking about university and career options. This is the presentation I’ve prepared. If you have teenagers (or even older children, or

Part 2: Procurement: the real challenges to effective working with internal stakeholders (and how to overcome them)

In his previous blog on the challenges of securing stakeholder involvement and buy-in for procurement strategies initiatives, Professor Andrew Cox expands on how these could be overcome, citing IIAPS client cases. Tactical Solutions to the Lack of Cross-Functional Involvement & Buy-in Building on our previous analysis of the 12 Major

A process-based approach to influencing stakeholders and clients

In his previous blog ‘Meeting the challenge of Influencing Stakeholders’, David Atkinson mapped out the role of the ‘Trusted Advisor’ and the ‘client’.  In this second blog in his series on influencing skills, David introduces the ‘Stakeholder Engagement Cycle’, a process that can be used by professional advisors with their

Dirty tricks in Negotiation – survey results and report

Once again Four Pillars has teamed-up with our partners Selling Interactions in surveying professional buyers and sellers and now have our report on the supposed ‘dirty tricks’ in negotiation (all’s fair in love and war, right?) ready for sharing. We thank all who responded to the survey.  We think the results

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