Thursday, 6 March 2014

“…the role of the CPO remains one that is focused on Change Management..”

Authored by John Ryan Shaw 
“While the CPO role continues to evolve, for many enterprises, the role of the CPO remains one that is focused on Change Management – changing the way the business buys things”*

The parallels between the evolution of the Sourcing and Change Management professions continue to fascinate me. Both are rapidly evolving disciplines that are increasingly recognized as core competencies within today’s business environments, they both focus on business transformation and ROI, and they both offer a rich set of tools and best practices for a professional to draw from.

Ardent Partners recently published a research paper on The Qualifications, Experience and Characteristics of a Chief Procurement Officer, as I was reading it through my mind kept returning to the quote above because it clearly articulates the need for us to have a solid foundation in the basics of Change Management.

But what does that even mean?

Have you ever been at a dinner party and been asked “What do you do for a living?” by an individual with a completely different background? I have, and frankly it is a question I dread. It’s not because I’m not proud of what I do, I love my job. It is because I have to contain my excitement, put my industry lingo aside and explain it in a way that the person can relate to. Most of the time it feels like a lot is lost in translation. Still, it is better than the alternative of them looking at me with a glazed look, a faint smile and politely nodding head.

In our upcoming blog posts, I want to explore the statement “the CPO role is one that is focused on Change Management” by defining key concepts of Change Management through the lens of a Supply Management Professional. To do this, we will leverage a series of tutorials sponsored by a company named ProSci®, The world leader in Change Management Research. Stay tuned for the first post “What is Change Management”.

*Becoming a CPO in 2014: The Qualifications, Experience, and Characteristics of a Chief Procurement Officer, Ardent Partners 2014. (click here)

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