Effective Supplier Management for IT Leaders

IT suppliers recruit sophisticated sales people, and it is essential staff have the requisite skills and knowledge when negotiating contracts with them. David Chan discusses what these requirements are.

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Using Six Sigma to identify hospitals that cost the most across procedures

Author(s):

ManMohan Sodhi

 et al.
Industry:
Public Policy

The US spends proportionately more on healthcare than most other Western nations, but it may not get the best value. A Six-Sigma analysis reveals the small amount of hospitals accounting for the greater share of the costs.

Updated: 03/01/2014
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Why do Partner Relationship Management Systems fall short of expectations?

For industries where resellers constitute a significant part of the downstream supply chain, partner relationship management (PRM) systems have been proclaimed as having significant potential for supporting seller-reseller relationships and improving profits. By using these systems, companies strive to build more productive supplier-partner relationships while streamlining processes that run across suppliers, partners and customers. This has led to a rise in the implementation of these systems, yet performance improvements have not been consistently realised. In light of this, Dr. Chris Storey and Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer set out to investigate whether the performance of PRM systems were related to how suppliers provided oversight of their partners.

Updated: 10/02/2017
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Supply Chain Agility: The contribution of information technology

In the final part of this series of blogs, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer examines how information technology can strengthen the link between strategic sourcing and supply chain agility. This series concludes with a view of the direction strategic sourcing should take in the future.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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Supply Chain Agility: Solving the Agility Puzzle

Having redefined strategic sourcing and discussed what operational flexibility and supply chain agility entail, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer now considers how companies can utilise strategic sourcing to increase the agility of their supply chain. This is the fourth and latest entry in our series on supply chain agility.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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Buttressing Supply Chains against Floods in Asia for Humanitarian Relief and Economic Recovery

Author(s):

ManMohan Sodhi

 et al.
Topic:
Operations

Flood is the most frequently occuring natural disaster worldwide, with Asia suffering the highest incidence. While humanitarian efforts and initiatives to alleviate suffering caused by floods are ongoing, we believe there is a new opportunity to coordinate "last mile" humanitarian efforts in the event of a flood, using micro-retailers. Micro-retailers are the 'last mile' nodes in traditional retail supply chains in many Asian countries, and we propose the use of social enterprise to buttress these supply chains for distribution of essential goods by coordinating with micro-retailers before and after floods. In support of this we also present a stylised model to quantify the benefits of our proposal.

Updated: 01/01/2015
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Supply Chain Agility: The missing link? Operational flexibility

In part III in this series of articles on supply chain agility, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu-Hillmer explores how companies invest in strategic sourcing to improve their operational competencies, which tends to have an impact on how agile they become.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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How to stay in pole position: hire a boss who has worked on the floor

Analysing 60 years worth of data, Amanda Goodall and Ganna Pogrebna discover that the most successful Formula One teams are those led by former competitive drivers. Teams led by managers who have less 'hands-on' experience within the sport tend to underperform in comparison. This research suggests why greater experience of driving makes for more successful team leaders, and what this can teach us about leadership in other industries.

Updated: 03/01/2013
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Supply Chain Agility: The agile supply chain for unpredictable times

Supply chain agility has received increasing attention over the last decade due to two important developments. First, on average, the markets have become more dynamic. Secondly, there is increased awareness of supply chain management risks and the role agile supply chains play in recovering from these risks. In this, the second of a five part series, Dr. Canan Kocabasoglu Hillmer examines how an agile supply chain can be an effective response strategy in unpredictable times.

Updated: 20/10/2015
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Views: 11,614