Archive: January, 2012

Supply Management – back to basics

In May last year I wrote about frugal innovation. This was picked up by Rebecca Ellinor, the Managing Editor of Supply Management. After further research this developed into a feature article which has just been published. Click on the link below and have a look.

More on CPO Agenda – how procurement can add value to a merger

The article in CPO Agenda called “How procurement can add value to a merger” has received positive feedback from readers.

Michael Caddick, Managing Director at Caddick Consultants got in touch with the editor to say how much he had enjoyed the piece.

There has been some interesting comments through LinkedIn. Yi Chi, Vendor Relations Manager at TD Bank Group in Toronto, read the article and said that she had been given a role in a newly created post-merger procurement function which cuts across sectors and borders. It requires her to advance the organisations awareness of procurement, improve people skills, increase collaboration across functions, improve understanding of value chain, compliances and regulations in different countries which are influenced by macro-economics and public sectors. I thought this role was interesting because post-merger integration (PMI) for most procurement functions focuses on objectives related to finance and process. But PMI is a subset of change management. It’s been shown time and again that successful change management projects start and finish by considering people so it follows that PMI should do the same. By looking at organisation awareness, people skills and collaboration across functions I think Yi’ focusing on areas that we drive sustainable value in the long term.