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1. Face to face learning, virtual testing Individuals seeking procurement accreditation will focus their time and investment into classroom education and social learning (the 10% and the 20% in the 10-20-70 model). This approach means they rapidly acquire and explore the knowledge in preparation for exams. They will reserve online methods for testing and assessment. For example, the Procurement... Read more
In August 2015, Reuters reported that research from Bersin by Deloitte showed that instructor-led training in the US dropped 9 percentage points last year and is now down to 35%, with remaining 65% represented by other offline and online methods, including distance learning. Distance learning has many benefits for the organisation: No travel costs Shorter, just-in-time training sessions that... Read more
With the threat of interest rate rises, housing associations face increased uncertainty in the coming year. Our insight and expertise has enabled Procurement improvement in organisations, resulting in significant and sustainable financial benefits.   Your cost management challenges for 2016: 1% reduction in social housing rents to squeeze income from April 2016. Government requirement to make... Read more
With the threat of interest rate rises, housing associations face uncertainty in the coming year.  Our insight and expertise has enabled Procurement improvement in organisations, resulting in significant and sustainable financial benefits.   Your cost management challenges for 2016: 1% reduction in social housing rents to squeeze income from April 2016. Government requirement to make efficiency... Read more
In my recent article “What Motivates Procurement Professionals”, I referred to the expert Dan Pink, who recently wrote the book “Drive -The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”. His research said that people at work are motivated by autonomy, purpose and a sense of... Read more
What Motivates Procurement Professionals? Dan Pink is an expert who explores behavioural science to help understand our attitudes to work and business performance. His most recent book is called “Drive -The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us”. His research has identified 3 areas that create motivation in professional people. Autonomy  e.g. designing your own working priorities. For example... Read more
The procurement function continues to gain recognition as a key area of organisational expertise as businesses embrace the concept that acquiring goods and services in a systematic, professional way is fundamental to maintaining competitive edge. In the public sector too, governments increasingly understand that effective management of third-party spend is key to reducing costs and improving... Read more
As many organizations have a huge diversity of procurement and supply roles, the procurement academy must be broad in its offering. This may mean a choice of courses (online and face to face; internal and external providers), a variety of learning routes (including professional certification, and peer-to-peer learning) and multiple skill levels (from entry-level through to leaders).  ADR works... Read more

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