Is anyone aware of an automated procurement system that effectively eliminates any opportunity for graft–meaning influence, favoritism, etc.? I was asked this question, and told the individual I did not know of any, but it seems to me that it is more important to have a solid and well-defined sourcing process in place. Certainly suppliers can “check the box” that they are in compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but I also wonder if there are any analytical packages that can detect abnormalities in the number of times suppliers win bids or in a predictable pattern that may warrant further audit. This is becoming an important emerging area in public acquisition circles.
Is anyone aware of anything in this area?
Bank of America Distinguished University Professor
North Carolina State University (Poole College of Management)