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Best Procurement and Supply Chain Webinars 11/30–12/4: The Topics and Speakers You Didn’t Know You Were Waiting For
Last week, we unexpectedly had a full slate of webinars – this week the topics and speakers are unexpected. Take this opportunity before the year runs out to attend one of these unique events. Click on the title of each event below to view the full description in our events calendar and to connect to their registration pages.
December 1, 3pm EST
The number one reason to attend this event is the primary speaker, renowned strategist Michael Porter. He may be most famous for creating the Porter’s Five Forces analytical framework in the 1970’s, but in this event, he and PTC President and CEO James Heppelmann take on the more futuristic topic of smart connected products. You might be thinking that this is a webinar about the Internet of Things (IoT) but it is really about the devices that ultimately create that data, simultaneously changing business relationships, product capabilities, infrastructure, and processes. If you are interested in a preview, check out this HBR article written by the speakers.
December 2, 2pm EST
This event takes a serious look at compliance – not the contract compliance we are soused to talking about in procurement, but the prevention of corruption in business decisions. Dow Jones Risk & Compliance recently conducted a study of anti-corruption practices and according to the event description “these findings include trends on how corruption impacts business decisions, the usage of anti-corruption programs, due diligence processes of business partners, and the impact of anti-corruption legislation on business decisions.”
December 3, 2pm EST
We round out the week with a new look at contingent workforce: self sourcing. If traditional outsourcing and contingent workforce look outside the organization for talent, self-sourcing suggests looking inside to leverage the capabilities of former employees, consultants, retirees, and internal referrals. If these resources can be tapped without going to a 3rd party labor firm or temp agency, what interest does a company like PRO Unlimited have in the space? Rather than looking to solution providers for workers, the contingent workforce space has evolved enough to make room for something akin to a knowledge management solution, making it easier for companies to know what they already know.