Conintuous Improvement

Procurement 2018: Getting off to a great start

You lead a procurement function. You worked your butt off in 2017 to hit your savings target, and improved supplier performance through your SRM efforts. Those SRM efforts stretched to improving your key supplier’s business operations, and you secured the lion’s share of the benefits that accrued from that support.

SRM: Setting up for Success

In recent months we’ve seen the re-emergence of Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) as a topical issue and a genuine priority for CPOs. Sadly, the topicality has mainly been case after case of evidently inadequate SRM from ‘bullying’ customers, particularly from the food and beverage sector. Apparently extending supplier payment terms

Whatever happened to Performance Management?

Somehow or other, the HR function has “stolen” Performance Management! The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), for example, writes on its website, “Fully realised, performance management is a holistic process bringing together many of the elements that make up the successful practice of people management including, in particular,

Eating the elephant – process analysis in organisation change

Guest blogger, David Kemp, recently Vice President-Supply Chain at the Engine Control and Electrical Systems division of Goodrich Corporation, continues his theme on organisational change. When I wrote here in January about how to design a successful organisation, I set out to recommend three basic steps. The approach avoided the


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