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Is supplier diversity really that important? (Part 1 of 3)

November 27, 2012

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As highlighted in the above image from the Cigna website, supplier diversity is important because the company believes that . . . “the success of minority- and women-owned businesses and other under-represented suppliers adds to our success and to that of the communities we serve. Minority- and women-owned businesses are often in neighborhoods that benefit […]

How Do You Showcase Your Skill Levels, Ambition & Preparedness For The Future? By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2

November 19, 2012

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Editor’s Note:  Charles is founder, president and chief procurement officer of Next Level Purchasing, which offers the SPSM (Senior Professional in Supply Management) family of certifications. Be sure to check out Charles’ Purchasing Certification Blog. Professional development in procurement.  Some organizations consider it essential for continuous corporate improvement.  Some procurement professionals consider it essential for […]

A Tale of Two Princes: A Modern Day Story with a Machiavellian Twist (Part 1 of 3)

November 14, 2012

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Editor’s Note: The following is a post that appeared in Roz Usheroff’s The Remarkable Leader Blog.  Shortly after this post was written, Microsoft gave Steven Sinofsky the proverbial boot.  Even though both Forstall and Sinofsky had incredible success in driving the fortunes of their respective companies, they had reputations for being extremely difficult to work […]

How High is Your Procurement ‘EI’? by Kelly Barner

November 12, 2012

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One of the best things about being active in social networking is that people ask you questions you don’t know the answer to. I never mind admitting to not having an answer, but like to follow that response with, “let me see what I can find out…” I was recently asked what I knew about […]

Outsourcing by Colin Cram FCIPS

November 9, 2012

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Since 1990 it has sometimes seemed that no UK government could outsource enough. The Labour Party, for the information of those readers outside the UK, is generally thought to be the most left wing of the main political parties and, as its name suggests, has a close relationship with the trades unions. However, when it […]

Reactive vs. Proactive vs. “Noactive” Procurement Professional Development By Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2

November 8, 2012

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Editor’s Note:  Charles is founder, president and chief procurement officer of Next Level Purchasing, which offers the SPSM (Senior Professional in Supply Management) Certification. Be sure to check out Charles’ Purchasing Certification Blog. Yeah, yeah, yeah.  How many times have you seen articles or been in training sessions or had performance reviews where the concepts […]

Top PI Blog Posts Countdown No. 1: Managing Supply Chain Risk (The Nokia and Ericsson Case Study)

November 5, 2012

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Editor’s Note: I have now hit 1,000 Procurement Insights blog posts.  Over the past week, and leading up to this milestone,  I have been sharing with you the top 5 posts in terms of overall reads. Today’s submission, which ranked number 1 with 14,649 reads, was written on May 18th, 2011.  It is amazing to […]

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