Public Procurement of Innovation – Case Studies from the EU

27 Apr 2017
This report from the Procurement of Innovation Platform from the European Union (EU) provides specific perspectives and guiding principles on procuring innovation (and achieving an innovation orientation) in a public procurement context.  In addition, several case studies from public entities...

Procurement as a Part of Public Organization Strategy and Planning

21 Apr 2017
The National Public Procurement Policy Unit of Ireland provides an example of the criticality of procurement planning at the heart of public organization planning. Many procurement leaders emphasize that the role of procurement include strategic planning in collaboration with internal customers and...

Innovation and Public Procurement – Competition Must Still Be The Norm

27 Jan 2017
There’s an interesting article on the Out-Law website (from Pinsent Masons, the leading law firm), which relate to a UK parliamentary committee discussion about innovation in science and technology. Jo Johnson, the UK minister for universities, science, research and innovation (and brother of...

Procura+ Awards – A Look at the Innovative Procurement Finalists

1 Dec 2016
As we have said before, the procurement of innovation and sustainability in goods and services is not just about R&D, but the design and delivery of public services, processes and models. This is what is behind the Procura+ Awards, rewarding, encouraging and then showcasing public procurers that...

Public Sector Procurement Collaboration – Please Complete Our Survey

1 Dec 2016
A few weeks ago, we told you here about our kick-off meeting for the UK Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange. A group of 15 or so senior public procurement leaders got together to talk about the idea of a cross-sectoral group that could drive better practice, understanding and exchange of...

Risk Aversion in Public Sector Procurement

18 Oct 2016
One of the topics that came up at the recent Public Spend Forum Europe Exchange kick-off meeting was attitudes towards risk amongst the public sector procurement community. Our senior group, from across many different parts of the public sector, discussed how risk aversion could hold back...