This is a repost from Sourcing Innovation.

Today’s guest post is from Dalip Raheja of The MPower Group, who declared that Strategic Sourcing is Dead, and who has returned to poke the hornet’s nest once more.

A very special thanks to those who engaged in a substantive debate, whether you agree or disagree with us. I am grateful for your time and kind consideration of our arguments and hope that you will continue to engage in the conversation. That was the Intended Consequence. The Un-Intended Consequence was the tone and tenor of some of the reactions. Let me apologize to those who got quite offended by my writing/language skills. As I have said in almost every conference I have spoken at over the years, I am a 3rd world immigrant trying to make a living here and learn the language at the same time, and that is still obviously a challenge for me.

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We hope you were able to join us for today’s Ask The Expert call, but if you were not, the recording and associated slides are  now available so that you may download them at your leisure. Thanks to Dalip and Tim for an enlightening call.  You can see…

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Ask the Expert – The Death of Strategic Sourcing 23 Sep 2010 (Register) Ask the Expert – The Death of Strategic Sourcing September 23rd, 15:00 UTC, 4PM BST, 5PM CET, 11AM ET US, 8AM PT US Join Dalip Raheja and Tim Cummins as they debate the future direction…

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Today’s guest post is from Anne Kohler, Executive Vice President and COO of The Mpower Group (TMG) and a contributor to the News U Can Use TMG blog.

Over the past year, as the economy has worsened and companies are being squeezed financially, we have heard the following from extremely frustrated clients and prospects (most of which are in Supply Chain or Sourcing):

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Today’s guest post is from Dalip Raheja, President and CEO of The Mpower Group (TMG) and a contributor to the News U Can Use TMG blog.

This blog entry marks the beginning of a series that will explore ways that Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management can be used to effectively drive competitive differentiation. Here at TMG we believe that these functions are among the most value-laden (and consequently possess the greatest potential for value creation) across industries. Companies that figure out how to unleash the value trapped along the supply chain will drive exceptional business results over the long-term. The problem holding most companies back in this area is that the best practices they follow are highly tactical in nature, and by definition conservative in nature. Think about it; how can anyone drive truly EXCEPTIONAL results doing the same thing that everyone else is doing (that’s what a best practice is after all!!!)

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