Strategic Sourcing

Understanding The Importance Of Outsourcing

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Kaila Flynn shares how this course has challenged her thinking and understanding of sourcing in order to develop a better understanding of the sourcing and procurement world.

Kaila Flynn, Sales Executive, Sourcing Industry Group

Principles of Stakeholder Management

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Jon Cody Hildebrand discusses the principles and key ways of managing different stakeholders.

There needs to be more debate among sourcing professionals in large organizations regarding the importance of achieving real buy-in from stakeholders. The challenges are many in supply chain management, but no challenge is more nuanced than stakeholder management. A project manager should consider these guiding principles to ensure program success. 

Identify your stakeholders. The big idea of this principle is to figure out who your stakeholders are and how they relate to the sourcing initiative. A stakeholder is "any group or individual who can affect or is affected by the achievement of the organization's objective" (Edward Freeman, A Stakeholder Approach to Strategic Management). However, the idea seems obvious. More than crucial players could be needed to avoid complications. 

The number of stakeholders and their level of involvement will vary depending on the program's scope. The sourcing professional should scan to identify everyone that should be involved; large-scale enterprise-wide programs will require a comprehensive look for players at all levels of the organization. A vertical scan will identify every stakeholder from the top down, from C-suite employees down to the end users.

Jon Cody Hildebrand, Procurement Specialist, Coca-Cola Consolidated

Thoughts on Crowd Sourcing

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Noah Wilson discusses how crowdsourcing could be the innovation that businesses need to succeed in a rapidly changing environnment.

Noah Wilson, Buyer, Louisville Gas and Electric

Change Management/Sourcing Change Management

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Andrew Beck shares the difficulties associated with change management in sourcing and how it can help improve inefficiencies.

Andrew Beck, Capital Equipment & Construction Buyer, American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Understanding and Implementing Successful Spend Analysis

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Andy Jacobs shares how important it is to understand spend analysis by assessing your suppliers and stakeholders.

Andy Jacobs, Category Analyst, Border States Electric

A Post Pandemic Imperative

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Nick Fratto describes how sourcing professionals must adapt to a post pandemic industry and how to find the perfect supplier's for your business.

Nick Fratto, Sales Enablement Specialist, Sourcing Industry Group

The Ethics of Business: a Youth Perspective

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Yukta Ramanan shares her unique perspective of ethical business and sourcing practices from the next generation of sourcing professionals.

My name is Yukta Ramanan, and I'm 17 years old. Now you may be asking yourself: why is a teenager training to receive a Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) credential? The question is entirely valid. Unlike most people taking this course, I have little experience working professionally within the field of sourcing. What I possess, however, is a uniquely Gen Z perspective on the future of sourcing, and my motive for taking the CSP course was to learn how to bring my vision to fruition. 

The Sourcing Industry Group's CSP training taught me a great deal about business finance and strategic value chain analysis. A lesson I found particularly eye-opening was centered on ethics within supply chains. A business must define company-specific ethical standards to decide on a moral issue. Determining what is ethical, which varies broadly, usually follows five approaches. 

Yukta Ramanan, Executive Director, Youth for Ethical Sourcing

Opportunity Assessment and Sourcing Project Flow

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Shridhar Kundaram shares his perspective on a four-step sourcing process that can help take your sourcing team to the next level.

Sourcing is a process that involves finding, selecting, evaluating, and managing suppliers for day-to-day and long-term purposes for goods and services needed in the organization/company. Sourcing will succeed if it has executive leadership support, collaboration with stakeholders, robust control of spending and policies, automation, and an approach clearly defined for categories. Sourcing involves four significant steps AssessAnalyzeExecute and Evaluate.


Shridhar Kundaram, Senior Analyst, CDK Global India Pvt Ltd.

Sourcing Change Management

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Larry Trawick shares how excellent communication is vital in ensuring success and how important it is to incorporate effective change into your sourcing practices.

Larry Trawick, Senior Sourcing Analyst, Polaris Industries

Sourcing In the Midst of a Pandemic

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SIG University Certified Sourcing Professional (CSP) program graduate Daniel Coggins shares how his organiztion has adapted their sourcing strategies to best suit the current challenges the pandemic has created for the sourcing world.

Daniel Coggins, Strategic Sourcing team, American Tire Distributors