The Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP), headquartered in the United States, has initiated the process to form an affiliate group in Argentina.

More than 40 competitive intelligence (CI) practitioners in the Buenos Aires region have come together to begin the formation of a SCIP affiliate. In cooperation with these practitioners, SCIP will be conducting a needs assessment to determine the necessity and value of formally organizing a professional group.

SCIP is a global not-for-profit membership organization for everyone involved with the development and use of competitive intelligence. The organization's mission is to enhance the success of its members through leadership, education, advocacy and networking.

"We are thrilled to be working with CI professionals in Argentina," says Alexander T. Graham, executive director. "We are coordinating efforts around the globe to develop affiliate groups and promote the field of competitive intelligence."

Founded in 1986, SCIP currently has more than 3,300 members in more than 50 countries. International groups in Germany, Sweden, Canada, and Israel, and 22 chapters in the U.S. support members locally with educational and networking opportunities.

"The Argentina affiliate will be the first in Latin America," Adrian Alvarez, founding partner, Midas Consulting. "Our local SCIP organization could become the foundation for further expansion in the region."

Alvarez is a SCIP member working with SCIP's headquarters staff in the U.S. to develop a local SCIP organization in Argentina.

Competitive intelligence is a cross-functional, ethical and legal process aimed at supporting the strategic and tactical decision making process by means of the collection, selection, analysis and interpretation of information, as well at proposing alternatives to the decision-maker. Competitive intelligence is also used as an early warning system to take better advantage of opportunities and to avoid or mitigate the effect of threats on the organization's performance.

SCIP members adhere to and comply with a strict code of ethics, which regulates the profession under international standards, thus creating a clear differentiation from persons who do not comply with such rigorous regulations and therefore operate in either an illegal or unethical manner.

For more information about SCIP, visit www.scip.org or call (703)739-0696. To participate in the needs assessment study, visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=826442337152 .

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