Chief Purchasing Officer: Knowledge


Why Mastering Complexity in the Value Chain Matters to Procurement (Part 2)

Knowledge of complexity theory and chaos theory is essential for procurement.


Mastering Complexity in the Value Chain

Technology will become essential in managing complexity in global supply chains.


Rethinking ‘Assets’: Why Procurement Must Help Improve RONA (Part 2)

We have to view the definition of “assets” both more broadly and more deeply.


Why Procurement Must Help Fundamentally Rethink and Improve RONA (Part 1)

Improving RONA is a more balanced scorecard than just cost reduction.


Digital Business Strategy: The CPO’s ‘Outside-In’ Agenda (Part 3)

Digital transformation is increasingly creeping into a CPO’s crosshairs.


CSR, Environmental Stewardship, and Sustainability: The CPO’s Outside-In Agenda (Part 2)

Sustainability must be addressed in balance with traditional procurement objectives.


How Outside-In Issues are Shaping the Course of Procurement

Where procurement managers need to focus to stay alive in the 21st century.


Why Do CPOs Get Fired?

The three key reasons why CPOs and other senior procurement folks lose their jobs.


Why CPOs Should Focus on Information, Not Technology (Part 1)

Procurement is fundamentally in the intelligence business.


Bike Racing, State Procurement and Procurement Innovation. Huh?

Lessons from the National Association of State Procurement Professionals conference.


Using Automated Technology More Broadly in Procurement

We continue our discussion of what a CIO can teach a CPO.


Predictive Procurement Technology – What CPO’s Can Learn From Facebook’s CIO

Our ongoing series of applying CIO lessons to procurement.