Privatization and Supply Chain Management: On the Effective Alignment of Purchasing and Supply after Privatization

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This book brings together two of the 'hottest issues' in current management thinking: the impact of privatization on the performance and behaviour of the companies involved, and the increasingly important role of purchasing and supplier relationships. The notion that efficiency is improved with privatization is critically examined. The authors examine whether privatized organizations have recognized the importance of the procurement role and developed both their procurement functions and supplier relationships so as to enhance competitiveness. Grounded in economic theory, and providing rich case study material, this volume makes a major contribution to an increasingly important area. It will be of interest to students and researchers in economics, business and management studies.

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Assesses the extent to which recently privatized companies in Britain have been able to focus simultaneously on static and dynamic efficiency through cost reduction and purchasing and supply functional professionalism, and on transformational efficiency through supply alignment and procurement competence. Finds that while a majority of the companies analyzed<-->as well as some of the public sector organizations studied as a control group<-->have improved the professionalism of their internal and external purchasing and supply functions, few demonstrated any real understanding of the supply alignment and procurement competence. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

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1 Privatisation, corporate supply management and procurement competence 1
Pt. I Privatisation and the management of purchasing and supply 9
2 Privatisation, business restructuring and purchasing and supply management 11
3 The research project and methodology 38
Pt. II Empirical findings: the survey results and case material 47
4 The impact of privatisation on the purchasing and supply function 49
5 The impact of privatisation on utilities' purchasing and supply management 75
6 The impact of privatisation on non-utilities' purchasing and supply management 112
7 Developments in public sector procurement 125
Pt. III Cases in strategic supply alignment and purchasing and supply professionalism 139
Introduction 141
8 Severn Trent Water 142
9 South West Electricity 156
10 British Airways 167
11 British Steel 184
12 The Post Office 196
Pt. IV Future options for supply alignment and procurement competence in privatised companies 209
13 Beyond purchasing professionalism: on business strategy, supply alignment and procurement competence 211
Appendix 235
Glossary of terms 242
Notes 246
References 250
Index 256
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