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.

The BIG question for Procurement

Posted by Tim Cummins

Jun 13, 2018 11:27:00 AM

More and more is written about the future of Procurement and the shift that is required in its approach. Collaborative, value-focused,  approachable – there is extensive commentary on the changes in behavior and attitude that are needed to engender trust and thereby raise functional status.

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Topics: procurement, contract /commercial management

SRM: does it have value?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Mar 20, 2018 6:26:53 AM

“Sourcing without SRM is like selling without Account Management”.

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Topics: procurement, contracting excellence, contract /commercial management

Whether buying or selling, it’s a problem

Posted by Tim Cummins

Jan 24, 2018 9:23:00 AM

Indirect procurement remains for many a problem child. It may have grown bigger, but has it grown up?

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Topics: contract management, procurement, contracting excellence

Supplier Relationship Management: Victim or Saviour?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Dec 30, 2017 6:57:33 AM

In a year-end report, IACCM highlights the continuing immaturity of most Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) programs. While a minority of organizations are generating substantial benefits, for most the investment in SRM is minimal, leaving it often fragmented and under-resourced.

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Topics: contract /commercial management, contracting excellence, procurement

Has Procurement really changed?

Posted by Tim Cummins

Oct 6, 2017 3:47:11 AM

The field of Procurement has been undergoing rapid and significant change.  All the experts predict that the era of change is not over – indeed, quite the opposite – it is speeding up.

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

Failed outsourcing? Don’t blame the other side

Posted by Tim Cummins

Oct 6, 2017 3:45:17 AM

New research will be presented at the IACCM Americas conference next week. It shows that levels of trust in outsourcing relationships are often weak or non-existent. Not surprisingly, where trust is low, disappointing or failed results are not far behind.

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Topics: organization & people, performance management, procurement

Step to the side – it’s where you’ll find the opportunities

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 27, 2017 3:17:05 PM

Many of the jobs in procurement and sales contracting are squeezed into the middle of the process – that is, the part that starts with preparing or responding to bids and tenders, ensuring compliance, preparing and perhaps negotiating the contract.

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Topics: procurement, organization & people, contract /commercial management, contracting excellence

How to stem value leakage

Posted by Tim Cummins

Sep 6, 2017 1:50:21 PM

How much value can be delivered through better contracts and contract management? It’s a question that many people ask and which directly impacts the ability to gain resources.

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

Dead-end strategies #1: Strategic Sourcing

Posted by Tim Cummins

Aug 31, 2017 3:01:30 AM

25 years ago, I worked with a large Business Administration function on a project to redefine their value. Senior management had issued a challenge to all support functions, requiring them to justify their existence.

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Topics: procurement, contract /commercial management, contracting excellence

Shock news: Procurement doesn’t add value!

Posted by Tim Cummins

Jul 19, 2017 1:52:31 PM

In a press release published in Supply Management, we learn that ‘a majority of Procurement models are failing to add value’. According to a study by Ayming, a business performance consulting company, less than 20% of executives feel that “their organization has driven significant value from procurement in recent years”.

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Topics: procurement, contract management

About the Author


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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