Contents from the September 2013 edition of Supply Business
A global profession
Procurement professionals need to rise to the challenge of working in a global economy, says CIPS CEO David Noble.
The Rs have it
Andrew Pring sets out the 4 Rs all procurement professionals need to know: Responding, Renegotiating, Reshoring and Rationalising.
Financial announcements - September 2013
Cookie cutters; Economy drive; Rolls-Royce to drive down costs; Premier to rationalise its supply chain.
Risk round-up - September 2013
The seven factors of supply chain failure; Gartner: demand planning is key; Corporate virtualisation; Unauthorised IP poses supply risk; UK optimism over expenditure; Buyers ‘should rank suppliers’.
Sound bites - September 2013
Executives, the public and politicians on matters of business, procurement and supply.
CSR update - September 2013
Mobile firms act after tin warning; UN targets sustainability; Tiffany diamond boost for Africa; Regional suppliers aid local economy; SC Johnson grows Rwandan links.
Becoming a better boss: why good management is so difficult
Julian Birkinshaw | Jossey Bass | £18.99 / $29.95
Great days at work
Suzanne Hazelton | Kogan Page | £14.99 / $19.95
What it takes – seven secrets of success from the world’s greatest professional firms
Charles D Ellis | Wiley | £26.99 / $40
Leadership tips with Giles Brook
Vita Coco's European CEO shares his leadership style and more with SB.
Five minutes with Will Davies
The co-founder of Aspect.co.uk discusses the best and worst parts of being a director with Supply Business.
Executive Coach - September 2013
The evolution of portfolio models; supply chain risk; and attaining the next level of performance.
The negotiator - September 2013
Mike Inman assists a reader with negotiating prices with a seller when renewing a contract.
Tools of other trades - Mike Carson
Football is now big business. But what can managers of the beautiful game teach big business about building a high-performing team?
May I speak candidly?
Rima Evans asks who can deliver hard truths to the most powerful person in the organisation – is there anyone who will give the CEO some honest feedback?
10 game-changing supply chain trends
University of Tennessee’s J Paul Dittmann reveals the key factors that will have a major impact on profit and shareholder value.
With the global economy displaying positive signs, CIPS economist John Glen examines the economic outlook for procurement professionals.
Unconscious bias affects us all. That’s why CPOs need to be aware that any assumptions or ‘gut feelings’ need to be assessed critically. Rima Evans reports.
A background in procurement has given Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh the necessary skills to reinvigorate the mining and metals giant. Rima Evans reports on his strategies to cut costs and focus on growth.
Reborn in the USA
Increasingly, US firms are moving, or considering moving, their manufacturing operations from overseas back to domestic soil. Daniel Feiman examines the arguments for and against, and if the trend will continue.
The benefits of working and living in foreign climes have been well documented. Research published in the Harvard Business Review in 2010 even showed ‘bicultural’ managers – those that identify themselves with two cultures – had better professional reputations and got promoted faster than ‘monocultural’ managers. So what’s it like to leave your home country and have to fit in with a whole new culture and different ways of working and conducting business? SB finds out from leading procurement and supply professionals…
The inside track
As competition increases, procurement and supply chain professionals will need to identify internal and external collaboration opportunities.
An increasingly complex and expensive energy market means procurement will be a leading light in discussions to determine long-term strategy.
Sector focus: Logistics
The importance of logistics is growing steadily and is a key part of the ‘plumbing’ of the global trade system. Andrew Pring offers a sector SWOT analysis.
Dearth of a salesman
A head of procurement at a large global business gives his reflections on corporate life.
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