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IACCM Now Accepting Entries for the 2014 Innovation Awards

Have you or your organization achieved a notable success over the past year? Tell us about it for your chance to be recognized at the 2014 IACCM Innovation Awards!

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Why aren't there more here?

Last week, just over 100 delegates assembled for IACCM's Australia conference, hosted by National Australia Bank in Melbourne. The most common question I had from participants was 'This is so valuable - why aren't more people here?'

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Risk management - let's share the risk, not dump it!

Risk management by definition is ambiguous and unpredictable, but it doesn't have to be. Picture a highly collaborative approach. It shares the risk instead of pushing it to the other guy and designs unified goals to better manage and reduce risk.

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Procurement's profit motive: getting credit for boosting the bottom line

As a procurement organization you know how much you contribute to corporate profitability - but can you prove it? Author Richard Waugh tells why procurement organizations need to become true profit centers, reaching specific, measurable ROI targets if they want to avoid being outsourced to more efficient third parties.

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Contract audit - a 'health check' to keep your business up and running

Regularly auditing your contracting process not only guards against contractual risk, but also avoids potential penalties for your business. How do you know, for example, whether or not your contract is 'bleeding' value? Could a penalty notice or unforeseen 'sticky' situation be around the corner?

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Good contracts make better projects

In this 'Ask the Expert' webinar our expert, Richard Pharro, CEO, APMG, discusses one of the UK's most successful contracts in recent years, and how appropriate contracts and terms contributed to its success. The webinar considers the relationship between contract and commercial arrangements and the motivation and commitment of the parties involved to work as a coordinated and integrated team.

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Ask The Expert - Top Terms in Negotiation

Business is awakening to the need for a more positive approach to contract negotiation. That is the encouraging news from IACCM's review of market trends in 2013. During the last year, the approach to negotiation has visibly started to change, with a growing number of executives pushing a more collaborative or partnering approach to their supply relationships. In this webinar we will review the results of the Top Terms in Negotiation, the most negotiated terms as found in the most recent research, those trends and the impact they will have on negotiations over the coming years.

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So you think you're innovative? Prove it

Innovation is a 'top 3' issue for many organisation, particularly as in many parts of the world the economy reaches a tipping point and moves back towards growth. So why is it that often functions and professionals within them are often seen as blockers to innovation rather than the strategic enablers that they increasingly need to be? Using a piece of recent research conducted by IACCM, Innovation Fixer, and Kommercialize this interactive webinar will draw on this to look at what our members see as the issues they face, and how is it possible to re-position as professionals in the area of innovation. Our Experts: Adrian Furner Adrian is an acknowledged thought leader and practitioner in the area of commercial innovation and the role of functional teams in innovation.He brings to bear 25 years of practitioner experience in the fields of commercial, procurement, supply chain, and operations within corporate environments across many sectors. Adrian is the founder of Kommercialize where he has brought together his functional experience with his passion for innovation to help organisations address the increasingly important area of commercial innovation. Adrian has a background in engineering and business having gained a BEng at University of Nottingham along with further education at London Business School, Wharton, and Saïd Business School.He is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Fellow of the IACCM. Kevin McFarthing Dr Kevin McFarthing is an innovation specialist with experience in consumer products, OTC pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and life sciences.He was Head of Strategic Alliances, and Head of R&D for Health & Personal Care at Reckitt Benckiser, a consumer goods company with sales of $16bn. He now runs the Innovation Fixer consultancy, helping companies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of innovation. He is the author of chapters in two recent books on Open Innovation, and has been voted as one of the Top 40 bloggers on innovation. More details can be found at www.innovationfixer.com and @InnovationFixer on Twitter.

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Are collaborative contracts gaining traction?

Many clients and their supply chains have been trying to use a more collaborative approach to contracting for a number of years. Despite the drive to collaborate, most traditional standard forms of contract can be said to hinder the process by perhaps reflecting an outdated master and servant way of doing business. Robert will focus on NEC3 contracts (see www.neccontract.com) in this seminar highlighting the key features that make them attractive to those looking to collaborate and achieve outstanding results. Our Expert Robert Gerrard, NEC Users' Group Secretary Over 28 years' experience; specialises in NEC procurement and project management; also involved in extensive NEC training and consultancy work to numerous countries/organisations. Experienced in financial control, contract preparation and administration; including the consideration, evaluation and resolution of contractual claims, mainly in civil engineering projects. - NEC Users' Group Secretary - provides advice and support to strong 450 member organisations on the use of NEC, contract preparation and contract administration. - NEC Consultant - senior contract advisor to the NEC community worldwide including major public sector bodies on use of NEC both in construction and FM sectors. - Represents NEC at industry conferences and events including APM Annual Conference, Think FM, Procurex and other Government events held by ERG and GPU. - Continued involvement in the development and implementation programme for the NEC3 suite of contracts including advice and training to many contract users. - Developed the NEC3 How To Guides launched in 2013 including 'How to use the TSC communication forms'. - Currently working with GPS to assist with their new FM framework using TSC, involving z clauses in particular. - Part of the working group on Government Soft Landings and the contractual aspects of BIM.

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IACCM provides executives and practitioners with advisory, research and benchmarking services, contract management certification and training for contracts, commercial and relationship management professionals. IACCM is a non-profit membership organization that supports innovation and collaboration in meeting the demands of today's global trading relationships and practices.