Commitment Matters

If you are a professional in Contract & Commercial Management, committed to achieving the best possible outcomes from negotiations with all your trading relationships, then ‘Commitment Matters’ is the perfect source of regular articles and posts dedicated to helping you achieve that goal.

Are KPIs past their sell-by date?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Apr 17, 2019 10:57:51 AM

Key Performance Indicators - or KPIs - are held up as critical elements for driving contract success. They bring clarity and discipline to complex situations, allowing both supplier and customer to monitor progress and performance.
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Topics: contract /commercial management, performance management, communication

Procurement is NOT Commercial

Posted by Tim Cummins

Apr 15, 2019 7:08:04 AM

I am observing a growing trend for Procurement teams to adopt the title ‘Commercial’. While I understand the reasons for this, it is typically misleading and misrepresents the true purpose of Commercial Management.
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Topics: contract /commercial management, organization & people, communication

Beware the analysts peddling Contract Management software

Posted by Tim Cummins

Mar 11, 2019 6:03:00 AM

Contracts are critical to business and society, yet it is a field that continues to be under-served and in many ways damaged by misunderstanding and ignorance. Among the most ignorant are many of the analysts who opine on contract management technology.
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Topics: contract /commercial management

Losing money on your contracts?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Feb 20, 2019 7:42:00 AM

Only 29% of organizations are actively monitoring the profitability of their contracts. That’s just one of the findings in IACCM’s latest benchmark research, which gathered data from 752 organizations.

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Topics: contract /commercial management

4 million contract management jobs at risk

Posted by Tim Cummins

Feb 15, 2019 7:42:00 AM

I was startled to learn recently that there are 6.5 million people on LinkedIn who identify themselves as Contract Managers. That’s a remarkable number.

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Topics: contract /commercial management

Do unreasonable terms drive innovation?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Oct 17, 2018 9:06:00 AM

Suppliers understandably complain about the unreasonable terms and narrow evaluation methods used by some of their customers. They are often right to point at the failures that result from such behavior, when it results in incompetent and sometimes dishonest suppliers winning business that they have no chance of performing, or the burden of risk promotes an adversarial relationship.

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Topics: contract /commercial management, performance management, contract management

What do law grads do when they grow up?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Oct 1, 2018 5:01:00 AM

According to a recent report, almost 14% of the UK’s law graduates who move straight into employment are working as waiters or bar staff. That probably doesn’t reflect the aspirations they had when they started in law school, nor of course where their career will ultimately take them.

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Topics: contract /commercial management, organization & people, contract management

Contract management: the case for digitization

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 27, 2018 4:59:00 AM

In a recent blog, I highlighted the importance of a proactive approach to contract and commercial digitization. Many still hesitate – they want to know what benefits it will bring, they say they can’t obtain funding, they even ask ‘what is digitization?’. So I promised a series of case studies and this is the second of them. The core message: if you hesitate, you will have been left behind.

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Topics: contract /commercial management, contracting excellence, contract management

The use (and abuse) of commercial structures

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 24, 2018 10:36:00 AM

“Memorial Sloan Kettering is in turmoil over a deal officials made to share cancer patient data with a for-profit artificial intelligence start-up.”

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Topics: contract /commercial management, commercial management, contract management

Contract Management: Is it worth investment?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 21, 2018 10:31:00 AM

Although senior managers understand that contracts are important, most do not grasp the challenges – or potential contribution – that are associated with contract management. On the surface, it seems such an obvious and straight-forward activity – and therefore struggles to gain investment.

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Topics: contract /commercial management, performance management, contract management

About the Author


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Tim Cummins

In his role as President of IACCM, Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st century business performance and public policy.
 

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