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Are Supply Managers Just Gold Diggers?


Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M.
Robert A. Kemp, Ph.D., C.P.M., President, Kemp Enterprises, 515-221-2503;

89th Annual International Conference Proceedings - 2004 - Philadelphia, PA

Organizations have huge reservoirs of gold in their operations. Supply management means creating and leading the supply chain to ensure continuity of supply, better service and more involvement with suppliers and others to provide our stakeholders unexpected positive cash flow. The key concept making this all possible is to understand where the gold is and how to dig it. The discussions and examples involve several different operations and processes and were purposely selected to challenge everyone in supply management to "dig for the gold" at their respective level of organizational influence and responsibility. Our challenge is to find the will and the way and learn to recover that Gold!

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