Read around the subject. That’s what I was always told at college. Well, it’s the sort of thing I actually do now, instead of thinking about it and then going to the pub.
So my reading list for past few days has included a great piece on public spending cuts by John Lanchester
, one of the few contemporary novelists to also be a qualified accountant. His take home message – the public don’t know what’s about to hit them.
The Economist takes the same topic with its cerebral editorial
which concludes that spending cuts should go ahead. If it looks like we’re dipping back into recession, delaying tax rises might be a good option to stimulate growth, rather than delaying the cuts.
Two former colleagues also write about what has become my home patch of procurement. I had the pleasure of working with Tony Collins at Computer Weekly
a few years ago. He reveals on his new blog
that shared service centres may not be all there are cracked up to be, despite the current government enthusiasm for them.
On a different tack, the FT’s Fiona Harvey
, who I worked for way back in the 1990s, says supply chain professionals will be key to consumer facing businesses measuring the environmental impact of their products and services.
[You will have to register with the FT
website to read this article.] Now, put down your pens and I’ll gather your papers.