Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men – Procurement Needs To Look Beyond Headlines

We got involved the other weekend in a bit of a Twitter debate about the idea (in a Tweet from a certain well known procurement […]

Bad News For Competition – Grant Thornton Stops Competing for Big Audit Contracts

Grant Thornton, the fifth-largest accounting and auditing firm in the UK, announced last week that it will no longer compete for auditing work from FTSE […]

Conference Season Is Here – 3 Major Procurement Events Coming Very Soon

We’re getting into peak springtime conference season now and the next two weeks see several key procurement events. In chronological order: ProcureCon Indirect – Copenhagen, […]

Crowdsourcing: New Trends and Developments (Part 2) [Plus +]

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, we provided an overview of crowdsourcing, defining what it is and how it is different from online freelancer marketplaces. We not only provided examples of different crowdsourcing platform providers (of which there are many) but also provided illustrations of real crowdsourcing in action. Today in Part 2 of this series, we cover the emergence of practices and functions to effectively manage crowdsourcing across organizations and some of the segments where crowdsourcing has grown [...]

Trade Wars – Relative Negotiation Positions More Complex Than They First Appear

As the trade wars between the US and China escalate, the relative negotiating positions of the two primary parties are interesting to compare. At first […]

Market Informed Sourcing – Where Next For Market Leaders?

Over the years of Spend Matters UK/Europe, we’ve published a huge number of briefing papers and the like, on a wide range of procurement topics […]

Crowdsourcing: New Trends and Developments (Part 1) [Plus +]

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Back in mid-2015, we published a brief on crowdsourcing, “Clarifying Crowdsourcing: Contingent and Services Procurement Examples, Definition and Analysis,” to provide procurement professionals with a clearer understanding of this valuable, innovative tool kit for business problem solving. We’re not sure of how many practitioners took note at the time or, if they did, what they might have done about it. In any case, after a three-year hiatus, we’re back to review recent trends and developments. Crowdsourcing, properly speaking, is still [...]

Supply Management on Brexit and MAG – Recommended Reading

There are two – or at least two – articles worth reading in this month’s Supply Management magazine. The first is a lengthy analysis of […]

Down the Procurement Pub with CIPS, AI, Virtualstock / Previse and Let’s Eat Grandma

Not a lot of socialising this week but there are a couple of CIPS Fellows events to tell you about. There is a visit to […]

Holding Managed Services Providers (MSPs) Accountable to a BPO-Based Standard (Part 1) [Plus +]

Observing the broader procurement BPO market in recent years, we’ve seen a number of trends emerge among the leaders in the industry. When it comes to the world of managed services providers (MSPs), however, few firms, if any, mirror these trends, at least not consistently. Part of the reason for this is that many MSPs have long-standing relationships with their clients, often owning to the history of their staffing firm-based parent company. (Many MSPs work in either a stated vendor-neutral [...]

Leadership Is Best Demonstrated In Times Of Crisis – Discuss

What makes a good, even a great leader? I know, I know, you’ve seen thousands of articles about this topic and most of them were […]

Harnessing Supplier Innovation – Jaggaer Real World Procurement Webinar Next Week

Time goes by so quickly..  we’re almost at this month’s webinar in what used to be the BravoSolution, now the Jaggaer Real World Procurement Series. […]