Following an interesting conversation I had with a notable human resources guru this past weekend, I reread a recent post of mine entitled “Millennials Will Transform Procurement — Not by War but Attrition.” I did so to check myself, as she took issue with some of what I considered to be the article’s safest assumptions.

Amidst all of the optimism surrounding the impact of millennials on procurement, my friend questioned how seriously we should take such projections if significant improvements aren’t made to the way we recruit and develop talent. Her speculations skewed negative because research reveals little has been done to foster the relationship between human resource management (HRM) and supply chain management (SCM) necessary for such initiatives, and because her professional experience has validated those findings, to say the least.