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Program Meeting at Black Fin - November 19, 2014 with Dr. Reham Eltantawy
11:00am- 1:00pm

Topic:  Exploratory Framework of Relationship Governance in Global Sourcing: The Case of China

The study Analyzes the governance structure adopted by companies when dealing with Chinese suppliers. The data used is based case study methodology; 6 cases of Italian companies operating in China where several rounds of interviews conducted at different stages of the research with the companies’ CPO and buyers of the Chinese units. The study identifies the factors that affect the choice of the appropriate governance structures and proposes a framework of supplier relationship management for sourcing in China. According to the proposed framework; sourcing complexity and integration of sourcing at the Group level emerge as two main drivers for the choice of the governance. Control-based governance is the prevailing pattern for low degrees of sourcing complexity, while hybrid forms of governance – a mix of transactional and relational forms – prevail as long as complexity increases. The degree of integration of sourcing affects the choice of the control mechanisms.

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The University of North Florida (UNF) is searching to fill a vacant Buyer position.  This is a full time, administrative position in UNF’s central Purchasing Department within the University’s Administration & Finance Division.  For a full description of the position, please see position #313030 (Buyer) at

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We extend a warm welcome the members of the recently dismantled Gainesville affiliate.  We look forward to the opportunity in the near future when we will get the opportunity for a face to face meeting
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The 2013 calendar year is quickly coming to a close and I would like to express my warmest wishes to all the professionals affiliated with the Institute for Supply Management. The year has been filled with its share of victories and trials for many of us, but I will attest that our challenges tend to make us stronger and wiser. As an astute man once said, “the world is our classroom and we are all students of life”. Consequently, the holiday season is designed to bring joy and happiness. Therefore, I would challenge all of you to find an opportunity to do something good for another this year. Embrace the spirit of giving and allow yourself experience the goodness that this time of year has to offer.


In turn, your ISM- Florida First Coast affiliate will be back in full swing in January for our next program meeting.  The event will be held at the Blackfin Restaurant located in the St. Johns Town Center. We will be joined by former state congressman Lad Daniels and I would like to extend a personal invitation to all members and friends of the affiliate. Congressman Daniels is a dynamic speaker and will provide an intellectually engaging forum that you will admire. See you soon. 
Happy Holidays,

Michael A. Montanez