The A to Z of Procurement Transformation

In January this year we began a series of articles that looked at the transformation of procurement as a source of competitive advantage -- a subject we had been pondering both here and within our greater Spend Matters community. It was kicked off by some simple questions we decided needed answering about what exactly Procurement Transformation is. Back in 2012 we asked our audience What do you think procurement transformation means? We held webinars on the subject and made it the title of briefings.

We debated whether it was just some consulting jargon or whether it had real and relevant meaning. After some consideration and lots of input from our readers, we came away with what we believed to be an acceptable answer. "Procurement Transformation means delivering significant results and benefits to the organisation. It is a step change in performance and benefits, which must be significant in scale and achieved relatively quickly, and it cannot be just the usual continuous improvement that we should all be aiming for constantly. It must look at the procurement function rather than the wider organisation, and it will address how the whole organisation interacts with and takes advantage of its supply markets."

While our definition helps us understand procurement transformation, it does not help us to achieve it -- another cause for pondering for us. So, we were very fortunate to secure the knowledge, expertise and experience of Dr Ian George.

Ian comes from an engineering background and has a PhD which focused on Procurement Leadership and Transformation. He has been in procurement for 20 years and has held senior positions in BMW Group and Philips Electronics, working globally on organisational and leadership development, and so has become adept at turning the theory he learnt into practice. He is now a senior partner and practicing consultant at Agile Partners.

He kindly offered to furnish us with a series of articles that would walk us through the lifecycle of a transformation programme, highlighting the key issues and how they might be addressed. We have been publishing these articles steadily throughout the year, raising comments and debate among our audience, and we are very grateful to Ian for such an informative, interesting and 'voluminous' series of posts -- 16 to be exact.

What we haven't done is tie them all together. We intend to create an easily accessible repository of all the articles, chronologically arranged, so that you can make use of them as a complete reference library -- all in one place. We will be posting that soon with a link to download the pdf -- but for now, here's a brief description of each article and a quick link to the full story to save you searching through the archives of Dr Ian George on:

  1. Procurement Transformation -- a New Year’s resolution for 2014: be pragmatic
  2. Procurement Transformation – People
  3. Procurement Transformation – Scoping the Territory
  4. Procurement Transformation – Competent Leadership
  5. Procurement Transformation – Getting a Sponsor
  6. Procurement Transformation – Strategy Development
  7. Procurement Transformation – Positioning the Function
  8. Procurement Transformation – Causing Change
  9. Procurement Transformation – Communication
  10. Procurement Transformation – Personal Growth
  11. Procurement Transformation – All One Team
  12. Procurement Transformation – Governance
  13. Procurement Transformation – Ways of Working
  14. Procurement Transformation – Performance
  15. Procurement Transformation – Keep Improving
  16. Procurement Transformation – Finally, Transformation

We're sure you've found this complete series useful -- feel free to add your own input via the Comments field if you'd like to add more insight. And if we have any readers out there who feel qualified, or compelled, to offer other insights on further topics of interest to the procurement community -- we would welcome them. Simply email nclinton@spendmatters.com or see our downloadable Guidelines to the bottom right of our site.

And we extend a courteous thank you to Dr Ian George.

 

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