Defining Your Supplier Relationships Matters

By Ed Bernstein, IRI President, and Greg Holden, Business Writer

Elements of business that were traditionally taken for granted are coming to play ever greater roles in how we innovate. The horizontal growth of companies today, reflective of the rise of globalization and increased resource constraints, is eroding traditional structures. This is probably most visible in supplier relationship management (SRM), the topic of one of IRI’s newest Research-on-Research (ROR) working group projects.

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Sustainability: Leverage or Burden?

By Ed Bernstein, IRI President, and Greg Holden, Business Writer

How one frames a question matters. Media pundits of all stripes can attest to this simple fact; the choice of words when framing your topic matters to how your message is received. Take, for example, the question of whether or not to pursue the implementation of sustainability best practices at your organization. How your organization’s leadership requests such an implementation matters to how it is received by those performing it.

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The way social media strengthen innovation

By Ed Bernstein, IRI President, and Greg Holden, IRI Business Writer

Social media increase our access to information, they generate and advertise new trends, and they help us keep in touch with people we know only from that association meeting three years ago. Organizations, though, are attempting to discover how social media might enhance their success by reconnecting with and utilizing “dormant” or “lapsed” connections. So far, research on this topic remains unclear. What value can old networks bring to the organization? Social media provides us with a wide spectrum of new ideas and a way to stay in touch, but is there also a point where our number of contacts grows so large that staying connected over a long period of time becomes a challenge?

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