Finding the doctor This Fall

As you all know the doctor, who, unlike most (former) academics, doesn’t like to hear himself talk (which explains his predilection towards blogging), can be an elusive character to find (especially since he can only be found on the business networks). Nonetheless, he does emerge from the blogging burrow every once and a while and make a public appearance.

Right now, he is scheduled to be at the Mpower Group‘s Best Practices Xchange (BPX) Gaining a Voice in the Boardroom Executive Roundtable on October 23, 2009 in Oak Brook (Chicago), Illinois. Speakers at this event will include Mpower’s CEO Dalip Raheja who will present recent research on identifying the main roadblocks that prevent sourcing and supply chain groups from achieving world class performance and Professor Lloyd Rinehart of the University of Tennessee on creating cross-functional reality-based relationships to elevate the roles of sourcing/procurement. The event will also present case studies from a major Fortune 500 manufacturing company and a major Fortune 500 services company (that happens to be one of the largest utilities in the US and) that overcame the challenges of elevating their organizations from cost centres to strategic internal partners as well as a breakout session on success metrics.

If you are a director-level or above executive who is interested in attending this event, please contact Nicolas Hummer (nicoh <at> thempowergroup <dot> com or 630 268 8963) for more information on this invitation-only event. (They’ve promised me that they won’t be stingy with invitations, but space is limited.)

He’s also planning to attend the 7th Annual International Symposium on Supply Chain Management on Managing Global Supply Chain Networks in Uncertain Times in Toronto, Ontario on October 29 and 30, 2009. The full program for this event can be found on the web-site and this year it will cover country specific studies, management in turbulence, supply chain optimization, supply chain performance, technology, process management, and transformation. Keynotes will be given by Craig McLaughlin, the Vice President of NA Logistics at Cadbury, who will be giving a talk entitled “Leading in Uncertain Times” and Joseph Cavinato, the ISM Professor of Supply Chain Management, who will be giving a talk entitled “Procurement/Supply: The Most Opportune Time Ever”.