This Week in Procurement

This Week in Procurement: Another Procurement Pick ‘n’ Mix

I came across a lot of articles that I wanted to share – but I couldn’t make up my mind on what to select as the “must read”.

So, what I thought I would do this week is share the articles, and let you decide the must read.

But fear not – whether you want to read about fostering a culture of dissent, embracing transparency, or why almost half of professionals expect to leave their job in the next 2 years – there is something for everyone.  Just go ahead and take your pick…!


Overcoming the Objections to Being Transparent | Robert Handfield, SCRC

Procurement’s Next Leaders Share A Few Key Traits | Rich Weissman, Institute for Supply Management

Creating Legitimacy in Negotiation | Mark Hubbard, Smart Brown Dog Ltd.

Automation: An Inevitable Reality for Procurement | Budhaditya Banerjee, GEP

Why You Should Encourage Dissent in Your Procurement Team | Procurious

Trust + Cognitive Diversity | David Loseby, CIPS

A Challenge To My Travel Procurement Friends | Scott Gillespie, tClara

Why Stakeholders are More Important than Suppliers in Software Negotiations | Mohammed Faridy, OneView

The High Cost of Buying Complexity | Hank Barnes, Gartner

Brexit Triggers a Round of Reshoring | The Economist

Guess What? Sustainability IS Spend Control | Sara Walsh Evans, The Respectory



This was a big week for both Art of Procurement and Palambridge. Learn more about AOP’s partnership with SIG, and check out a feature article in Spend Matters about Palambridge:

NEWS: Art of Procurement Partners with SIG | Philip Ideson, Palambridge

Procurement Expertise Platform Palambridge to Use Direct Sourcing Exchange MBO Connect | Andrew Karpie, Spend Matters


Podcast: 157: Increasing Procurement’s Strength through Diverse Perspectives w/ Antonio Humphreys


You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It | John Coleman, Harvard Business Review


Have a great weekend!

About the author

Philip Ideson

Philip Ideson is passionate about the role that procurement professionals and leaders can plan in creating competitive advantage for their organizations in ways that go beyond the traditional value proposition.

Philip founded Art of Procurement as a way for the procurement community to learn from each other, increasing the impact they have on their organizations. In 2017, he co-founded Palambridge, a virtual platform of procurement experts, technology, and intelligence. Palambridge provides a broad range of flexible procurement solutions, available on-demand.

Prior to Art of Procurement and Palambridge, Philip enjoyed a career that spanned the procurement value chain, working across three continents for organizations such as Accenture, Procurian, Ally Financial, Pfizer and Ford Motor Company.