In her first year as General Motors CEO, Mary Barra has outlined a path to reverse the automaker's history of adversarial relations with suppliers.
Increasingly, the company is giving out global contracts to leverage GM's worldwide scale and is awarding more contracts for multiple generations of vehicles to help suppliers better manage their production capacity.
It's the right kind of idea and an important element in the effort Barra is making to develop deeper ties with suppliers.
But Barra's vision isn't enough to accomplish the change. The company's rank-and-file purchasing managers also must buy in to the importance of improving relations with suppliers at a time when supplier innovations are more critical than ever.