DISRUPT OR BE DISRUPTED: Procurement’s Critical Choice
Disruptive change requires a profound response from those who intend to survive. They must allow their plans to become flexible in ways that are often not welcome at first. If most people are change-averse, then disruptive change creates an entirely new level of struggle. In fact, these common definitions of the verb disrupt all have a negative connotation:
- To cause disorder or turmoil in
- To destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt
- To break apart: to disrupt a connection.
Regardless of our comfort level with disruptive change and the responses it requires from us, there is no way around it. In this paper, we will talk about the reality of procurement disruption on two fronts, advancing technology and the macro environment, and consider how procurement must adjust in order to ride the waves of disruptive change rather than being washed over by them.