#ISM2017: Bitter-tweet Ending

As the ISM2017 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, wrapped up with a half-day of activity on Wednesday, some hearts and minds likely were already at one of Walt Disney World's theme parks. (Some attendees heeded Institute for Supply Management®'s recommendation and added a family vacation to their Conference experience.) However, bodies were still on-site, and participants showed a desire to … [Read more...]

#ISM2017: Twitter’s All Ears

The #ISM2017 hashtag got colorful use on Twitter during the second full day at the Annual Conference at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Attendees on Tuesday posted their thoughts on a compelling keynote address, saluted the recipient of the supply management profession's highest honor and took advantage of the extracurricular activities offered by the Conference site. David Cameron, … [Read more...]

The Monthly Metric: SWOT Analysis

Welcome to the first installment of The Monthly Metric, where we examine a piece of data that can help supply management professionals do their job more efficiently. In our introductory post last month, we addressed how advanced analytics has taken over Major League Baseball, but is not as prominently used in procurement. This, according to survey results indicating that many supply management … [Read more...]

What Productive Procurement Looks Like

In six years of Return on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) annual evaluation reports of procurement organizations — a collaboration of A.T. Kearney, Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) — the results have shown remarkable stability. Or disappointing monotony, as ISM CEO Thomas W. Derry remarked in What Good Looks Like, a white … [Read more...]

The Monthly Metric: Introduction

March seems to be a less-than-ideal month to start a project that involves seriously crunching numbers and exploring the science of supply management. After all, it’s spring break time, so who wants to go back to school, right? However, March is also when Major League Baseball teams are on the field for spring training, as the six weeks in Arizona and Florida prepare them for the 162-game grind … [Read more...]

Research Column Resources

"Transform Supplier Quality," the Research column in the March 2017 issue of Inside Supply Management® features a list of additional supplier-quality resources from Institute for Supply Management® and CAPS Research: Pharmaceutical Supply Chain in China: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF), CAPS Research: https://knowledge.capsresearch.org/publications/pdfs-protected/hu2010.pdf (available after … [Read more...]

Contract administration success is focus of seminar

Often, the biggest barometer of a contact’s success are the post-signing actions of the parties involved, not the words on the document itself. Ensuring it’s all about action, not words is the job of the contract administrator. “Administering Contracts: From Award to Completion,” an ISM Seminar next held July 11-13 in Pittsburgh, is designed to teach administrators the best practices that … [Read more...]

Seminar provides purchasing playbook

ISM Seminar spoiler alert: One of the first things instructor Edward F. Cocca does in “Fundamentals of Purchasing: The Building Blocks of World-Class Professionalism” is hold up a blank sheet of paper. “I’ll hold it up and point out that it has boundaries, horizontally and vertically, with a flat plane. It’s defined. That’s theory,” says Cocca, a Scottsdale, Arizona, based consultant and … [Read more...]

Mentoring Is a Familiar Method for Transferring Knowledge

Mentoring programs are common among organizations across the globe. But the idea of mentoring as a method to transfer knowledge to others is nothing new, says Kathy Kram, R.C. Shipley Professor Emerita at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. In the '80s and '90s, formal mentoring programs became very popular, says Kram, who has been working with organizations in all industries for … [Read more...]

Global Tech Summit Offers New Ways of Looking at Procurement

Today’s procurement professionals are faced with continually changing technologies, say speakers at the Global Procurement Technology Summit, presented March 14-16 in Baltimore, by Institute for Supply Management® and Spend Matters. “Technology is really shaping the way we work,” Mary Lue Peck, senior vice president of ISM, told the 200 attendees present during the opening remarks at the … [Read more...]