Research and consultants
Management consultants who provide services in areas including procurement and analysis, supply chain management, IT and mergers and acquisitions.
Three interesting Cost Control Research reports can be found there after free registration. Reports date from June 2009, November 2009 and May 2010. A second valuable item can be found there under the title Procurement and Finance Integrated Not Isolated written by Dr Robert Fieten.
Procurement consultancy offering education and advice on best practice and sustainable buying for private and public sector organisations.
International company which provides consulting, outsourcing, technology and local professional services for a range of industries.
McKinsey & Company
Global management consulting firm offering services in businesses, governments and institutions.
Multinational computer technology and IT consultancy
IBM Center for The Business of Government
Sponsors independent research and publishes reports, linking public management research with practice.
Montgomery Research Inc
Publishers of thought leadership initiatives (defined as “what sets a business leader apart”) that focus on the convergence of technology and business.
A global, non-profit research organisation dedicated to supply and supply chain issues.
The website of the International Research Study of Public Procurement.
Procure-to-pay and e-procurement technology provider.
Search for “procurement” and you will find about 100 papers; “purchasing” brings up about 200 and “supply” 1300.
The business journal of McKinsey & Company. Content is available online and in print.
In particular I recommend reading the content of Spend Matters Compass Research Cost Control Research reports can be found there after free registration. Reports date from June 2009, November 2009 and May 2010.
Blog. I recommend the three-part article ‘Why I recommend you don’t use UNSPSC for data classification‘.
Supply chain blog
Offers a wealth of information and links to other websites. Recommended is the publication Definitions of Globalisation; a Comprehensive Overview and a Proposed Definition. Dr V.S.A. Kumar argues the debate about what to do about globalisation is still very much about what globalisation is.
Peterson Institute for International Economics
An impressive source for subjects reflecting the different dimensions – economic, political, cultural, legal and environmental – of globalisation.
· The Next Great Globalization by Frederic S. Mishkin
· Globalization and its discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz
· The Lexus and the Olive Tree by Thomas Friedman
An independent organisation of diverse global participants contributing to a more sustainable world through better products, consumption, and supply chains.
The Sustainable Trade Initiative
The mission of the Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH) is the acceleration and up-scaling of sustainability within mainstream commodity markets.
An independent office of HM Treasury, established to help Government deliver best value from its spending.
United Nations Global Compact
A strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The website of the International Public Procurement Conference.
International Public Procurement Conference document library
Papers presented at the International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC)
United Nations Standard Products and Services Code
The UNSPSC offers a single global classification system that can be used for:
- Company-wide visibility of spend analysis.
- Cost-effective procurement optimisation.
- Full exploitation of electronic commerce capabilities.
You can’t manage what you can’t measure. A phrase that is valid in business in general and the purchasing and supply profession. Selection of the right performance indicators needs some attention; the tendency to select too many is there. In addition; indicators useful for procurement in the manufacturing industry will differ from those needed for the services sector. Limit the selection to the essential indicators in a given business environment is sound advice. It will enhance focus on what really matters and provide you with information to assess progress with improvement. The KPI Library will help you with this.