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Promoting the Public Procurement Function

26 Oct 2017
Promoting the Procurement Function may be a new concept for some in the Public Procurement profession; however, all public procurement personnel have been and will continue to be involved in “promoting” the procurement function. Some may be aware of their promotional and marketing activities...

Strategies for Procurement Success

7 Sep 2017
Government Technology provides examples on how to find procurement success at federal and local levels by examining models that other jurisdictions have explored. Taking direction from industry leaders, this article describes a current state where agencies are historically reluctant to adopt...

The Sunk Cost Fallacy in Government Projects

9 Aug 2017
It is not unusual to find examples of the “sunk cost” fallacy in government procurement projects. That fallacy relates to our feeling that how much money (or time, or effort) we have already invested in a project or activity then plays a role in deciding whether to continue with it and invest...

The Five Ways to Get the Most Out of Category Management

9 Aug 2017
In the never-ending quest to deliver more value, procurement organizations are trying to squeeze more savings and innovation out of spend categories. But, eventually the well starts to run dry, and when that happens, you need to either get more out of that well (fracking for spend savings,...

The Big Squeeze in Public Procurement

4 Aug 2017
As budgets continue to shrink, how can professionals working in public procurement do more with less? This article was first published on Procurious. We live in a world of apparent contradictions. The amount of money being spent by global governments is rising year on year. And yet, in the...

Encouraging Small Firms in Public Competition

27 Jul 2017
The Pre-Procurement PhaseWe wrote here about the reasons why many contracting authorities around Europe have found it difficult to get the proportion of their contracts and business won by small or diverse firms up to a reasonable level.  But the good news is that there are many steps that...