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“…provides an unprecedented look into a rapidly changing industry that will equip the reader with both the insight and knowledge to harness the power and influence of a profession that has traditionally hid behind the scenes.”
“… a full-on thorough examination representing many of the best voices and perspectives that are quickly converging to transform and help understand our profession—public, private, direct, indirect, consumer goods, manufacturing, industry, and services.”
“This book explores the many changes that the profession is facing, and challenges individuals to do things differently. The authors do a great job of exploring what change in procurement consists of, and how it is likely to unfold in the next five years, and they conclude with some future predictions about where procurement will go next.... You’ll have to read it!”
“A number of current issues in procurement will have an impact on every professional in the field, according to Procurement at a Crossroads: Career-Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry...The choices individuals make today will determine the direction of their careers and the future of procurement itself. Defining what procurement is and identifying its future leadership are just two of the important issues examined.”
About the Item
Foreword by David Clevenger, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Organizational Development at Corporate United, and six-time honoree of the Inc. 5000.
The procurement profession is at a major crossroads. Practitioners are responding to pressure from executive leadership to become more strategic, in some cases eliminating tactical work through outsourcing or automation. At the same time, performance metrics emphasize the need to continue negotiating savings and managing supplier performance. Procurement at a Crossroads: Career-Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry aids practitioners in developing a vision for their medium- and long-term career goals, and shows them how to balance the need to become more strategic while out-performing tactical expectations.
About the Author(s)
As the Editor and lead writer for the PI Social Media Network’s Procurement Insights Blog, Jon Hansen has written close to 2,500 articles and papers, as well as five books on subjects as diverse as supply chain practice, public sector policy, emerging business trends, and social media. Besides being a sought-after speaker internationally, Jon is also the host of the highly acclaimed PI Window on The World Show on Blog Talk Radio, which recently aired its 900th episode. In August 2013, out of a group of 15,000, Blog Talk Radio named Jon Hansen as one of their top 300 hosts.
Kelly Barner is the Editor of Buyers Meeting Point, an online resource for procurement and purchasing professionals, and has over a decade of experience working in procurement and supply chain as a practitioner, consultant, and writer. Ms. Barner is a regular guest contributor to a number of industry blogs and publications. Since 2011 she has delivered a weekly procurement podcast that covers the coming week’s events and a guest sound bite with editorial commentary. Ms. Barner has an MBA from Babson College, an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, and a BA in English and History from Clark University. In 2014, she co-authored the book, Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Who Is Procurement?
Chapter 2: Has Procurement (Finally) Come of Age?
Chapter 3: Is Procurement Strategic?
Chapter 4: Is There Truth behind the Numbers?
Chapter 5: Are Win-Win Collaborations Really Possible?
Chapter 6: Do We Really Need Another Chapter about Finance?
Chapter 7: Can Procurement Technology Benefit from the Uber Effect?
Chapter 8: Are the Differences between the Public and Private Sectors Real or Perceived?
Chapter 9: The Media and Procurement: Are We Really Covered?
Chapter 10: Where Does Procurement Go from Here?