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The purpose of this Network is to provide its members with a forum to share insights to new trends and emerging practices in the fields of contract, commercial and relationship management. We encourage the sharing of research and knowledge across the academic sector, and hope that collaborations amongst the members will lead to new insights and practices, as well as encourage the field of study to grow. A key goal is to grow the visibility of the study of contracts and commercial management along with roads to increased performance and professionalism.

 
 
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Academic Webinar: Inspection Panel and Investment Law: Parallel Dynamics

Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAM), such as the World Bank Inspection Panel, are means to give a voice to affected communities that are directly impacted by development projects financed by IFIs. IAMs contribute to holding these institutions accountable for their decisions through independently administered processes intended to provide affected people with access to recourse and possible redress. The World Bank Inspection Panel, the first example of IAMs, was created in 1993 to investigate claims, made by two or more affected claimants, of noncompliance with Bank policies in the design and implementation of Bank projects. Investment arbitration, on the other hand, has proceeded and is generally understood, as a mechanism that hardly engages local communities. A recent tendency is, however, to take into account to a limited extent the local communities impacted by the investment. Dr Fromageau's project aims at investigating these parallel dynamics between international development law and investment law by adopting a case-law analysis methodology.

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The increasing costs of negotiating a contract due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit

The company I work for has boiler plate contracts to use as templates, however these are adapted to ensure a more tailored approach, depending on the individual opportunity. The time spent negotiating recent contracts has increased due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the potential implications this may have.

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Ask the Expert / MOOC Call 2: So you want to be a Contract 'n' Commercial Star?" and find it to be very informative and useful.

Listening now to Rod Wade's message as part of the MOOC's week 2 activity studies. Including Melissa Kargiannakis', founder and CEO of skritswap, words of wisdom for working in the remote/virtual world we are now in is much needed. "Huge helping of autonomy; dash of accountability; generous helping of flexibility; and a pinch of structure." Each "ingredient" she mentioned is the right measure that will make this new workstyle change we are in to be successful.

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Moving Forward - key resources to survive and thrive - IACCM Member update June 2020

To help IACCM members move forward, this webinar explores resources and information recently released. Topics include: Need to know 1. VIBE Summit 2. Staying on TASK in the New Normal 3. Coaching for the New Normal 4. IACCM Council Elections - Vote Now 5. COVID-19 Support. Member-only offer ends 30 June 6. Managing Contracts Virtually - offer ends 26 June Research 7. Most Negotiated Terms 2020 Resources 8. Contracting Excellence Ideas and Issues 9. Adaptive Automation and Talent: Is There a Link? Events 10. TASK Webinars 11. Virtual Member Meetings 12. Ask the Expert and other Webinars 13. Body Language in Live and Online Negotiations BONUS 14. Think Global - Act Local

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Voting for the IACCM Council is now OPEN!

Take this opportunity to influence the future of IACCM and play your part in the mission to achieve world-class standards in contracting and relationship management processes and skills. The IACCM Global Council will be formed of approximately 150 IACCM Members each representing either a specific country, region or IACCM community network. Vote NOW for your preferred candidates and influence the ambassadors in this body of professionals.

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Pricing Trends for major equipment and engineering services

Is there any research available here on pricing trends for major equipment, related transport and engineering? If someone could point me to a report or reliable source it would be greatly appreciated

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Joint Ventures

Hi Would anyone be happy to have a discussion with me, or give me some pointers on managing a JV where you are both a customer, supplier and a shareholder? It would be good to understand how other companies navigate this tricky relationship and if there is any IACCM best practice I should adhere too? I have different contract managers who are responsible for the customer and supplier side to eliminate any conflict of interest, but the whole governance is so much more complex than a straight commercial arrangement. Therefore, if anyone has any experience or observations they would be happy to share, I would really appreciate your help. Kind Regards Jan

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Webinar - Building the Foundation for Professional and Organizational Success

I like the idea of asking new employees what their learning style is during the onboarding training period. I too am a visual learner, so by seeing and doing the work first-hand during training helps me to learn better and faster. Good idea as it helps promote inclusion and diversity and increase employee morale as not everyone's learning style is the same and should make the employee comfortable in a new environment.

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CLI Webinar Series

IACCM is pleased to share the launch of 'Tipping the Scales', a free summer webinar series organized by CLI (Community of Legal Interns) to provide access to leading experts on topics ranging from career development and leadership to AI and data analytics. Intended initially for students to augment the typical business and law school curriculum, this series focuses on professional development and includes topics relevant for all future leaders regardless of career path and experience. Sessions take place online every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from June 4th through August 1st excluding July 4th week, between noon and 1 pm EDT (GMT -4). For more information or to register, go to OurCLI.com.

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