The Supply Chain Memo

“Every company should have received the memo that supply chain needs a seat at the table.” Especially as regards the sustainability or ESG (environment, social and governance) agenda. I smiled to myself in a conflicting mix of delight and disdain as I read the words...

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The Growing Case For More And Better Procurement

Procurement capability in most organisations is hampered because purchasing decisions are beset by organisational challenges and ’soft’ issues. In this extract from Sigi Osagie’s new book ‘Procurement Mojo’, he discusses why Procurement still has no de facto seat in...

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African Renaissance

Troubles in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and who knows where next. The wave of unrest and civil uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East is a clear message from the mass populace that it is time for change. In North Africa, in particular,...

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The Truth About Congo

The on-going violence and consequent human crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has had extensive news coverage. But the news reports don’t really tell the true story. They highlight the plight of the Congolese people and blame the rebel Tutsi militia, led...

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Manufacturing’s Outsourcing Challenge

A recent article in an engineering publication outlined some of the contemporary developments in car manufacturing, most notably that Western car manufacturers today really do very little ‘manufacturing’. Instead they have transitioned to become what might best be...

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