Procurement at a Crossroads
Career-Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry
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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 what has traditionally been a profession that hides behind the scenes.”
—Shep Hyken, New York Times best-selling author
“… 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.”
—Robert Gleason, Director, Purchases & Supply, Commonwealth of Virginia
“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!”
—Robert Handfield, Author, Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain at North Carolina State University, Executive Director—Supply Chain
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.
• Presents a critical but honest look at all of the players within procurement and how they may experience change with the coming industry shifts • Shares the authors’ valuable insights, and those gained from other thought leaders, to thoroughly cover a range of topics facing everyone in the industry • Provides research and analysis of the procurement industry that other media have been reticent to address • Covers key issues affecting procurement and provides two separate, distinct and even contrasting viewpoints that will spur discussions beyond traditional subjects • Focuses on the key relationships procurement practitioners must nurture and maintain to build influence with finance, operations, and the CEO • WAV™ offers survey results of CFO’s View of Procurement, purchasing and supply management salaries, and links to on-demand audio interviews, blogs, and podcasts with thought leaders in the procurement field — available from the Web Added Value™ Download Resource Center at www.jrosspub.com
About the Authors
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.