Best Practice Procurement: Public and Private Sector Perspectives

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This book presents a range of cutting edge perspectives on subjects which are central to improving purchasing performance, including supply chain management, outsourcing and partnership, professional development, IT and e-commerce and performance evaluation.

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I enjoyed what the book had to say from many perspectives, but particularly the balanced debate it provides between theory and practice. Practitioners are able to dip into sections of particular interest and obtain a variety of options on how to move forward. It provides much food for thought on good practice today and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the wider debate of the effectiveness of the profession and the value we can deliver.' Supply Management
Academics and professionals provide perspectives on improving purchasing performance across public and private manufacturing and service sectors. Major themes are supply chain management, outsourcing and partnership, organization and management, electronic commerce, and performance evaluation. Some topics include environmental purchasing, the impact of electronic commerce on purchasing in the supply chain, and purchasing performance in the UK's higher education sector. Based on papers presented at the March 1999 8th Annual International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association Conference held in Belfast and Dublin. Erridge teaches public policy and management at the University of Ulster. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780566083662
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part One Supply Chain Management: Introduction; Co-evolutionary purchasing - several steps beyond supply chain management? - Laura Forker and Peter Stannack; Power, cost and value appropriation in the publishing supply and value chain - Glyn Watson, Andrew Cox and Eleftheria Noula; The role of main contractors in developing customer focus up and down construction's supply chain - Mohammed Saad and Martyn Jones; Environmental purchasing - tools of engagement - J Gordon Murray and Valerie E Cupples; A comprehensive conceptual model for managing environmental impacts, costs and risks in supply chains - Richard Lamming, Paul Cousins, Frances Bowen and Adam Faruk. Part Two Outsourcing and Partnership: Introduction; Outsourcing - a national and sector level perspective on policy and practice - Louise Knight and Christine Harland; A framework for classification of services to gain strategic purchasing insights - Johanna Rantala (née Stenberg) and Veli-Matti Virolainen; Supplier classification as an enabler for a differentiated purchasing strategy - Johan Lilliecreutz and Lars Ydreskog; Beyond the 'core versus non-core' logic - the need for a contingency model for effective outsourcing in the public and private sectors - Andrew Cox, Chris Lonsdale and Glyn Watson; The role of power in partnership relationships - an empirical investigation of the current body of knowledge - Arjan van Weele and Frank Rozemeijer. Part Three Organization and Management: Introduction; From ideology to action - options, issues, roadblocks and realities of driving change in purchasing and supply - Jon Hughes; Getting to the fundamentals in procurement training - Howard McCulloch; A cross-sector comparison of purchasing team use - P Fraser Johnson, Michiel R Leenders, Robert D Klassen and Harold E Fearon; A quart from a pint pot? - developing the effective use of purchasing consortia - John Ritchie and Tom Chadwick. Part Four Electronic Commerce: Introduction; The impact of electronic commerce on purchasing in the supply chain - John Fraser, Nuran Fraser and Frank McDonald; The strategic contribution of e-commerce to MRO procurement - Simon R Croom; Supporting decentralized supplier management by publishing tenders on the Internet - W Brenner and G Wilking; Making use of Internet technology to achieve lean management in the West Midlands automotive supply chain - D M Thompson, G R Homer, P Costello and S Garner; Purchasing consortia and Internet technology - Daniel Corsten and Michael Zagler. Part Five Performance Evaluation: Introduction; Procurement evaluation within the DVLA - Ann Esain, David Griffiths and Peter Hines; Purchasing performance in the UK's Higher Education sector - functional measures to help in strategic development for the 21st century - Florence Gregg; Benchmarking for strategic procurement - practices of Polish companies in an international context - Danuta Kisperska-Moron; Textbook methods for auditing purchasing and supply management - do they work in practice? - Hannu Vanharanta; Process management and performance measurement in the supply chain - a food distribution case - Donna Samuel and Peter Hines; Index.

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