Global Supply Chains: the connecting tissue for dispersed supply centers

International Procurement Operations (IPOs) are the nerve centers of decision-making for efficient global procurement operations. Expansion into low-cost countries brings within the fold of an extended enterprise a coalition of suppliers, buyers and logistics companies who can be more productive when they work in concert. IPOs forge a network, whose members are initially tenuously tied to each other by their transactions, into an interconnected global procurement network joined together by long-term relationships. The several poles of decision-making local to a department, business unit or geography are merged into a synchronized management process that spans the global procurement network.