2001 Purchasing Today Article Index
Term selected: Commentary
A valuable reference tool, the Article Index is a comprehensive list of articles that have appeared in Inside Supply Management® (formerly Purchasing Today® and NAPM Insights®) magazine. Articles are organized by subject for easy locating and study.
Changes, hard work, and preparation for a new governance highlight the past year for this outgoing president.
In any language, supply managers' goals and aspirations have a common theme.
I cannot believe my term as your 1993-94 NAPM president has come to an end. It seems like only yesterday I started on this journey. My wife, Joan, and I have truly enjoyed the gracious hospitality of so many people throughout the country. I am thoroughly convinced that the finest people in the world are members of our association. During my first Board of Directors meeting last May, we viewed Joel Barker's film "The Business of Paradigms," which set the stage for coping with change and thinking outside the box. My theme, "Managing Change Through Purchasing Empowerment," helped keep us focused on this change while building on the many significant accomplishments set by my predecessors. The president's term is really too short to effectively complete all the programs and initiatives, but we made a start. Some of the activities that were initiated this year included the following:
A new name better reflects the association and its members' strategic role.
Not just limited to business, ethical situations abound and the best you can do is become aware and look to the many available resources.
Your role as a supply manager is becoming more strategic; we want to be the organization that helps you manage your future.
One organization's efforts to advance supply management are indicative of the positive trends in the profession.
Individuals (and NAPM, too) are working to raise the level of awareness about the supply management profession. The best advice: build your case.
Recent events have left us confused and apprehensive, but it’s our responsibility to keep the American spirit alive and vibrant.
During trying times, the relationship with suppliers and the move to strategic sourcing become even more imperative.
In a seemingly negative cycle, there are always opportunities to not only survive but excel. Supply managers can take advantage and capitalize during this time.
Highly synchronized supply chains make it possible to cut costs without losing control.
Historically, the association has always evolved to parallel changes in the profession and changes in business. Now, ISM continues to level up.