I just had the pleasure of participating on a conference call with Tim Cummins of the IACCM (International Association for Contract & Commercial Management ). Tim is one of the most knowledgeable, thoughtful and articulate guys out there when it comes to the myriad of issues facing 21st century supply management and contracting professionals. Tim and I spoke at length about the complex new world of supply chain management in the face of globalization, increased regulation, distributed supply chains, and the resulting new risk factors that must be managed by 21st century executives. In particular we focused in on the reputational risks companies face if they get it wrong – as well as the benefits if they get it right.
Archive for December, 2007
There’s an old torch song called “What a Difference a Day Makes” by Dinah Washington. It has been stuck in my head lately, particularly as I read stories coming out of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change which kicked off this week in Bali. I think the reason I can’t shake the tune because everywhere I look I’m reminded of the huge difference between the environmental movement as I remember it from the late 80s/early 90s and the movement today. So I suppose it’s more like “What a Difference Two Decades Makes” – but who’s counting?