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DAY THREE: Views of the Economy Through 2009

Posted 05-05-2009 at 10:40 PM by 94th Annual
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This morning’s keynote address included manufacturing and non-manufacturing economic insights from Norbert J. Ore, CPSM, C.P.M., chair of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee; and Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and senior vice president — supply management for Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Additional economic perspectives were provided by notable economists Dr. Mickey D. levy, chief economist for Bank of America;...
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DAY TWO: Keynote -- Supply Management Critical in These Challenging Times

Posted 05-04-2009 at 10:43 PM by 94th Annual
Today’s keynote speaker was Paul A. Laudicina, managing officer and chairman of the board for A.T. Kearney. His topic of discussion was “Managing a Global Supply Chain in a Globally Challenged World.”

There are few audiences where a discussion about the economic crisis and how to manage it is more appropriate than those attending the Conference. Like the Purchasing Managers Index that ISM developed during the Great Depression, supply management professionals need the same insight...
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DAY TWO: Worldsourcing at Lenovo

Posted 05-04-2009 at 10:40 PM by 94th Annual
John Zapko, executive director, global strategic procurement for Lenovo discussed the company’s worldsourcing process and the challenges of integrating Western and Eastern culture following Lenovo’s 2005 acquisition of IBM’s PC Computing division.

The worldsourcing process drives Lenovo’s innovation across the globe and has several unique characteristics:
• Operational centers worldwide but no headquarters
• Diverse global perspective
• Ideas come from everywhere...
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DAY TWO: Leading Supply Management Trends

Posted 05-04-2009 at 10:39 PM by 94th Annual
Would you describe your supply management organization as a leader or a laggard? In his presentation “Leading Edge Trends in Supply Management,” Robert A. Rudzki, president of Greybeard Advisors LLC, and former senior vice president and CPO for Bayer Corporation and Bethlehem Steel Corp., put forth several trends that supply management professionals should be using in their organizations.

Highlighted in his presentation were the following trends:
• Speaking, and writing, in...
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DAY ONE: Workshop — Leadership in Changing and Challenging Times

Posted 05-04-2009 at 12:23 AM by 94th Annual
Change is certain in business. In these volatile times, organizations must have the capabilities to adapt to the changing environment. Achieving a successful change management initiative requires effective leaders (formal and informal) who can communicate with staff and guide them through the transition, says Ernest G. Gabbard, J.D., CPSM, C.P.M., CPCM, director, corporate strategic sourcing for Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and workshop presenter.

Leadership is not exerting authority...
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