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Strategy  // Posts tagged as "Strategy"

CPO Rising 2017: Technology Mastery

There is a very clear difference between doing something and doing something well. This concept rings true for the users of supply management technology who, by and large, struggle to use it well. Getting a team to consistently use technology to deliver dependable results is more difficult than it would seem; and empirical research on...

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Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017! Introducing Tom Linton

Today’s article is the next installment in Ardent Partners’ “Meet the Speakers of CPO Rising 2017” series, featuring Tom Linton, Chief Procurement and Supply Chain Officer at Flex. Tom will give a Day 1 keynote address entitled, “The Evolving Imperative of Operating in Real Time.” We sat down with Tom recently to discuss his work at Flex, its...

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Beyond Price: Finding the Right Suppliers Using Sophisticated Sourcing Strategies

Editor’s Note: Ardent Partners recently published a new sourcing-themed report, Beyond Price: Finding the Right Suppliers Using Sophisticated Sourcing Strategies, sponsored by EC Sourcing Group. If you would like to access the report, it is available for download here (registration required). During the sourcing process, procurement teams need to consider a range of qualitative factors in...

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Learn from the Best: Great Speakers Fill the Agenda at the CPO Rising 2017 Summit

Learn from and Network with Top Chief Procurement Officers It may not surprise you, but I honestly believe that the speaker roster we’re assembling for our CPO Rising 2017 Summit is unrivaled and even better than last year’s star-studded lineup. As you know by now, on November 8 and 9, Ardent Partners will host the CPO Rising...

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ANNOUNCING: The Fifth Annual “State of Contingent Workforce Management” Research Study

It’s no secret that the world of work is changing and evolving, seemingly, by the day. From the rampant growth of the non-employee workforce (which comprises 38% of today’s total workforce) to the greater impact of the Gig Economy, today’s contingent workforce management (CWM) programs must be primed, ready, and prepared for a new era...

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Procurement-led Innovation: How do YOU Define it?

Editor’s Note: Procurement-led innovation will be a huge topic at CPO Rising 2017, Ardent’s second-annual procurement executive conference to be held at Boston’s historic Harvard Club on Nov. 8-9. Want to attend? You’re in luck! We recently extended early-bird ticket pricing – register now and take advantage of discounted admission! Innovation is such a wonderfully powerful word...

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Looking Back, Around, and Ahead on Procurement Technology Adoption

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report, CPO Rising 2017: Tools of the Trade. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). In procurement as in other facets of business, it is important to consider the organizational mindset for action...

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UPCOMING WEBINAR: What’s Ahead for Contingent Workforce Management?

There’s no doubt that, seemingly by the week, the greater realm around today’s non-employee workforce is evolving at a rapid clip. From new technologies to new engagement methods, alternative talent sources and innovative concepts breaking into a new future of work, modern procurement and HR/human capital management professionals can be overwhelmed by the prevalence of...

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CPO Rising 2017 Topic: Strategies to Build a Better CFO Relationship

Building and maintaining a healthy working relationship with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is an integral part of many Chief Procurement Officer’s (CPO’s) job — largely because many CPOs report directly to CFOs, but also because AP/Finance and Procurement are such integral partners. As a result, building better CFO-CPO relationships will be a big topic at CPO...

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CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset

We recently published my twelfth annual CPO-themed report. Today’s article is part of an ongoing series focused on the report’s key findings. You can get the report here (registration required). CPO Rising 2017: Stepping Inside the Procurement Mindset Recent studies of human behavior and thinking invariably show that there are a large number of natural...

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