There is something for everyone in this week’s Linkfest! In fact, this week felt like the Niagara Falls of great procurement writing – I had difficulty in narrowing it down to the following twelve (yes, twelve!) articles:
- The Big (and Alarming) Procurement Disconnect (by Lisa Malone, Procurious, based on the presentation of Chris Sawchuk of The Hackett Group at SciQuest Next Level).
- Next Level 2016: Exercising Change in The Era of Disruption (by Rachel Sharp, Procurement Leaders)
- Rise of the Strategy Machines (by Tom Davenport, MIT and Babson College) (this isn’t a procurement article but I think very relevant to the future of the profession!)
- The Newest Phase for Elongated Supplier Payments – More Aggressive Supplier Push-Back (by Bob Ferrari, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group)
- VW: It’s Time to Change Your Buyer Behaviour (by Richard Gane, Vendigital) (this is a fascinating case study in the dangers of the perceived buyer/seller power dynamics that are synonymous with a number of manufacturing sectors).
- Sustainable Procurement Finally Getting It’s Own Standard (by Rob Handfield, NC State University)
Finally, in case you missed it, here are the two episodes of the Art of Procurement that were published this week:
- The 10 Critical Steps to Delivering Value as a Service (with Rob Bernshteyn, President and CEO of Coupa)
- How to Embrace SMB’s to Access Supplier Driven Innovation (with Tom Greco and Ed Edwards of THOMASNET.com)
Have a great weekend,