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Delivering Customer Value through Procurement and Strategic Sourcing: A Professional Guide to Creating A Sustainable Supply Network by Yusen L. Xia, Walter L. Wallace

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2. Managing Sourcing and Procurement Processes

Managing strategic sourcing and procurement processes can be difficult for many reasons, ranging from inflexible organizational structures, existing systems, policies and procedures, to inflexible organizational cultures and their established norms. However, most firms find the process relatively straightforward. Many seek outside council from consultants such as Ariba, A.T. Kearney, and Insight Sourcing Group. For example, Ariba’s web page reads as follows:

Control the Spending, Collaborate with Suppliers, and Contribute to the Bottom Line

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