My Blog : Thomas Seal http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal My Blog : Thomas Seal en Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:06:12 GMT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 10080 Affino 5 RSS Generator Thomas Seal The Savings Paradox http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/06/27/the-savings-paradox <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ImageThumb1" style="float:left;"><a href="http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/06/27/the-savings-paradox"><img src="http://www.procurementleaders.com/AcuCustom/Sitename/DAM/052/Paradox_300_200_Thumb.jpg" border="0" hspace="5" vspace="5" /></a></div> <div id="ItemTeaser1" style="float:left;"> How is the function managing to sustain savings in spite of a predicted inflation averaging around 4%? </div> </div> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:22:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/06/27/the-savings-paradox Timken's procurement journey http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/03/27/timkens-procurement-journey- <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser2" style="float:left;"> Having spent a lot of time over the last year investigating what the future might hold, it is interesting to hear the views of those who are making decisions now to prepare for what&rsquo;s next. </div> </div> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:28:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/03/27/timkens-procurement-journey- When innovation backfires http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/02/08/when-innovation-backfires <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser3" style="float:left;"> Suppliers are constantly innovating, some more than others, but this isn&rsquo;t always a benefit for their customers. </div> </div> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:22:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/02/08/when-innovation-backfires What is a strategy anyway? http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/02/01/what-is-a-strategy-anyway <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser4" style="float:left;"> Most of us recognise we will need a strategy to achieve our objectives, but while that seems a familiar enough idea, procurement execs need to understand a few nuances. </div> </div> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 12:05:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/02/01/what-is-a-strategy-anyway M&A hiatus means procurement progress http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/01/08/ma-hiatus-means-procurement-progress <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser5" style="float:left;"> The last few years, since the credit crunch, have been fairly quiet on the mergers and acquisitions front. This might be just what the procurement function needs, as corporate actions are the root cause of many of procurement&rsquo;s challenges. &nbsp; </div> </div> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:02:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2013/01/08/ma-hiatus-means-procurement-progress Capability Development: Parallels with High Performance Sport http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/capability-development-parallels-with-high-performance-sport- <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser6" style="float:left;"> Techniques routinely used to boost performance in sport also apply in business. </div> </div> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 15:56:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/capability-development-parallels-with-high-performance-sport- Commodity Price Volatility: A Distraction from the Real Challenge http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/commodity-price-volatility-a-distraction-from-the-real-challenge- <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser7" style="float:left;"> The commodity prices we see and pay are not a true reflection of supply and demand. </div> </div> Thu, 26 Jan 2012 16:20:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/commodity-price-volatility-a-distraction-from-the-real-challenge- Procurement versus Purchasing http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/procurement-versus-purchasing- <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser8" style="float:left;"> Over the last decade there has been much debate about what we should call our function. </div> </div> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:39:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/27/procurement-versus-purchasing- Human resources development - 5% problem, 95% solution http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/28/human-resources-development---5-problem-95-solution <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser9" style="float:left;"> When it comes to business, people tend to make up around 5% of the problems, but 95% of the solution to those problems. </div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:19:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/28/human-resources-development---5-problem-95-solution Information systems - the food of the gods (and procurement) http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/28/information-systems---the-food-of-the-gods-and-procurement <div style="display:block;"> <div id="ItemTeaser10" style="float:left;"> When we think about the role of procurement as coordinating internal requirements with often complex external supply networks, the need for good quality and timely information is obvious. </div> </div> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:48:00 +0000 http://www.procurementleaders.com/blog/my-blog--thomas-seal/2012/02/28/information-systems---the-food-of-the-gods-and-procurement