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“Golden Age” of Procurement: NC State Professor Rob Handfield featured in Supply Chain Outlook Q&A

An interview with Poole College of Management Professor Rob Handfield on the Supply Chain Management Review website details why Handfield believes we’re currently in a “golden age” of procurement.

Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management in NC State’s Poole College of Management, and executive director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative. He will be one of the featured speakers at the upcoming Supply Chain Outlook Summit, which will take place Nov. 2-3 in Chicago.

In the Supply Chain Outlook interview, Handfield makes a case for why procurement’s value proposition must be recognized, even in industries where procurement doesn’t have “a seat at the table.”

“In many cases it comes down to the data … or a lack thereof,” Handfield says in the interview. “… Leadership is another challenging point. It takes someone with vision and the ability to meet with and understand stakeholders to build a business case.”

In addition to his other duties, Handfield is faculty lead for the Manufacturing Analytics group within the International Institute of Analytics. Handfield also serves on the Faculty for Operations Research Curriculum at NC State University, and has consulted with more than 25 different Fortune 500 companies.

As one of the thought leaders tapped to speak at the Supply Chain Outlook Summit, Handfield will be giving industry leaders insight into the future of supply chain management – including how the anticipated economic upturn, new technologies and sustainability challenges will impact businesses and industries in the coming years.

Click here to read the full Supply Chain Management Review interview with Rob Handfield.

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