Become an expert in purchasing and procurement by reading this novel "The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World" just released by Apress Media.

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A fictionalized protagonist shows how a company’s purchasing and procurement department can become a powerhouse of productivity.


This book addresses how to find and move talent to transform performance and effect needed change.

December 18, 2012—Great sources of business information can take many forms, including the novel.

The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World by Christian Schuh, Michael F. Strohmer, Stephen Easton, Armin Scharlach and Peter Scharbert is the story of the fictionalized Thomas Sutter, a German-American living in Germany who’s a procurement manager for a major global automobile manufacturer. Sutter winds up getting hired by Heartland, a major food company in the U.S. As its new Chief Procurement Officer, Sutter’s task is to modernize Heartland’s procurement practices by introducing world-class models and methods, and cut costs by $5 billion. It’s no picnic.

Like many business books written in novel form – like The Goal, Who Moved My Cheese, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and others – The CPO delivers valuable business lessons and self-developmental advice. These include depictions of real-life, best-in-class and actionable methods to turn procurement into a function that radically improves the bottom line. Along with insights on how to assess the procurement and supply chain management organization, the book addresses how to find and move talent to transform performance and effect needed change.

The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World provides solid information for ambitious buyers and procurement managers. It also provides valuable insights to C-level executives who want to boost profits and productivity, and understand how the transformation of procurement methods can help support a company’s strategic goals.

To learn more about The CPO: Transforming Procurement in the Real World, visit

*ISBN: 978-1-4302-4962-7
*240 Pages
*User Level: Beginner to Advanced
*Publication Date: November 28, 2012
*Available eBook Formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDF
*Print Book Price: $19.99
*eBook Price: $13.99

About the Authors
Christian Schuh, Michael F. Strohmer, Stephen Easton, Armin Scharlach and Peter Scharbert are veteran consultants in the procurement and supply management practice of A.T. Kearney, a global firm that advises clients on CEO-related issues. Christian Schuh, a leader in procurement transformation projects, specializes in the automotive, defense, technology, construction, packaging and steel sectors. He is the co-author of The Purchasing Chessboard and the author of other books on procurement. Michael F. Strohmer is an expert on raw material strategies, procurement transformation, post-merger management, and large-scale CAPEX projects. He focuses on the utilities, automotive, defense, packaging, consumer goods, and steel sectors. He’s the co-author of The Purchasing Chessboard. Stephen Easton is an expert on how to improve the effectiveness of external procurement activities. He works in both the private and public sectors. Armin Scharlach is an expert in holistic procurement IT architecture, advanced collaborative approaches and innovative procurement and supply chain methods. Peter Scharbert, an expert in procurement performance management and transformation, works in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and financial services sectors.

About Apress Media
Apress Media is a technical and business publisher devoted to meeting the needs of IT professionals, software developers, programmers, and business leaders with more than 1,000 books in print and electronic formats. Apress provides high-quality, no-fluff content that helps serious technology professionals build a comprehensive pathway to career success. Since 2007, Apress has been part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading scientific, technical, and medical publishing houses, enabling global distribution of Apress publications.
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