The last few weeks has seen countries, businesses and most importantly people facing unprecedented challenges. For us, what is becoming evident is the ability of people and businesses to respond to these challenges and adapt rapidly to what for some time might well be the new normal.
You’ve heard the story before, a new executive has joined the business, has ignored all processes and bought in ‘their favourite consulting company’ to review operations and they started 3 weeks ago….
Managing consulting and professional services organisations is a challenge almost every organisation grapples with. It is often compounded by the consulting company having contacts, relationships and often alumni at all levels of your organisation, meaning that, to manage them effectively, you also need to manage your own internal stakeholders effectively as well. Here we look at the common challenges faced in managing consulting companies and some techniques to help you.
There are a number of challenges that arise when we want to explore guided innovation as a source of value in a (hopefully strategic, but not always) supplier relationship. The challenges range from stimulating good ideas through to handling the ideas and keeping suppliers engaged. In this blog we’ll look at just one of the challenges we uncovered through performing our annual global research into SRM best practices – what do people actually mean when they use the term innovation?
The best supplier relationships build value for both parties. The worst end up in court. That’s where car rental company Hertz found itself with Accenture. It had waited three years for the global consultancy firm to build a new website and mobile apps it was happy with.
Just this week at the Global SAP Ariba conference in Barcelona, Amal Clooney called on corporations to put respect for human rights at the core of their business, highlighting the trend of ‘doing good’ as a way to bolster profits.
Businesses are starting to accept the idea of supplier relationship management (SRM) – a strategic effort to understand suppliers and treat them according to their importance to the business. Last year, State of Flux’s research found the most important business drivers for implementing SRM are cost reduction or avoidance (54%), risk management and reduction (52%) and supplier innovation (43%).
Times are tough for the manufacturers of our most beloved childhood snacks. Not only are organic and healthy foods attracting consumers’ attentions, many firms are also challenged with rising costs. Stock values have performed poorly across the sector, but Kraft Heinz, which owns brands from Cadbury Crème Eggs to Kraft Singles cheese slices, has experienced an especially severe period.