Recent Release | 16 Jul 2021

Agile Procurement Insights Research: Elevating the strategic value of procurement

Thought Leadership Team

Oxford Economics

Oxford Economics and SAP conducted robust global research to understand Procurement’s influence on the organisation, the current state of supplier collaboration, and the impact of technology and process digitisation in the procurement function. We wanted to find out whether companies that embrace technology and closer supplier collaboration are more agile and can respond more effectively to disruption. In June 2020, we surveyed 1,000 procurement and supply chain executives responsible for direct spend, indirect spend, and management of contingent labour and services providers.

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About the team

Our Thought Leadership team produces original, evidence-based research made accessible to decision-makers and opinion leaders. Principals for this project included:

Edward Cone
Edward Cone

Editorial Director, Thought Leadership

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Edward Cone

Edward Cone

Editorial Director, Thought Leadership

New York

Editorial Director Edward Cone oversees global research programs for our Thought Leadership group. As Technology Practice Lead he works with clients such as Google, Accenture, IBM, SAP, and many others. His areas of focus include Artificial Intelligence, the impact of technology on business performance, and healthcare organizations.

Edward joined the firm in 2012 after more than two decades as a business and technology journalist based in New York, Paris, and North Carolina, including stints as an editor and writer at various Ziff Davis magazines (CIO Insight, Baseline), a contributing editor at Wired, and a staff writer at Forbes.

Edward also wrote a weekly newspaper opinion column for many years in his hometown of Greensboro, NC and authored a semi-popular blog. He has contributed to a bewildering variety of magazines and papers on topics ranging from politics to rock climbing and was a frequent speaker and organizer at new media conferences across the country. Honors for his work include the 2020 Rybczynski Prize, awarded for the best essay on economics by Society of Professional Economists, and various awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and the North Carolina Press Association. He has a BA from Haverford College.

Sundus Alfi
Sundus Alfi

Research Manager, Thought Leadership

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Sundus Alfi

Sundus Alfi

Research Manager, Thought Leadership

New York, United States

Sundus manages research programs for the Thought Leadership team, focusing on healthcare, the future of work, the data economy, and diversity and inclusion. She is involved in all aspects of research, from drafting hypotheses and designing global executive, employee, and consumer surveys to analyzing large datasets and reporting on the results in briefing papers and graphics. She also has experience conducting interviews, writing case studies, and presenting her research in webinars.

Sundus graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018 with degrees in Public Policy and Economics.

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