Dr. Robert Carman
Robert (Bob) Carman is well known internationally within all four of his major professional careers spanning more than 40 years, first as a research physicist, second as a military equipment design and development specialist, third as an industrial system-development program manager, and finally as a business consultant to major global corporations. Bob brings the results of these experiences, plus his 2 year time spent as a CEO for a small start up company, to bear on helping companies to realize their true potential. Learn more
By Robert L. Carman, Principal
Outsourcing has become commonplace and in many cases required in order to keep the financial burden of staying near the cutting edge of so many associated technologies, both product and manufacturing process based. The problems with outsourcing are frequently tied to the management and implementation techniques and processes. We forget that in the old vertically integrated company, most of these capabilities were the source of our competitive advantage, and we don’t establish the proper relationships to allow the new multi-company enterprise to retain many of those competitive advantages. Dr. Scott Elliott wisely suggested that we treat key suppliers as family, but what does this entail?