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CIPS: Framework arrangements
Framework arrangements are becoming more popular as they represent a 'smarter' way of purchasing than placing 'one-off' orders for recurrent contracts for works or supplies; by, for example, optimising volume purchasing discounts and minimising repetitive purchasing tasks.
CIPS: Freedom of information act
Many Governments around the world share a common goal which is to try to reverse the working premise that everything is secret unless otherwise stated, to a position where everything is public unless it falls into specified excepted cases. Global initiatives take many forms, however, where the sharing of information has been concerned. Many governments have chosen to use legislation to extend the right of access to information. For example, Uganda has introduced the Access to Information Act which came into force in April 2005. India approved in June 2005 the Right of Information Act. Switzerland has adopted a Federal Law on the Principle of Administrative Transparency. These are just small examples of, the fact that most countries have adopted a legislative framework, thus emphasising the importance of organisations operating in a responsible and transparent manner.
CIPS: Global framework agreements
This presentation concerns achieving sustainable procurement in the developing world
CIPS: Global vs. local sourcing
Is global sourcing inevitable as the way forward for the successful 21st century organisation? Is local sourcing not the better option? This very topic was recently debated at a CIPS Fellows event in London where the case for Global Sourcing was put forward by Professor Richard Lamming (1), and the case for Local Sourcing by Professor Martin Christopher (2). This article is based on the arguments put forward by Lamming and Christopher, and comments from the CIPS Fellows attending the event.
CIPS: Globalisation white paper
This paper comes at a time when trade barriers have been significantly reduced; when internet usage provides increasing, global flexibility and the world, as a whole, is shifting its main economic focus. In turn, this report subsequently examines the increased need for procurement professionals to engage in business activity on a global level, tracking the associated benefits and challenges involved.
CIPS: Good practice in writing contracts
CIPS is expressing beliefs on good practice in writing contracts as this is a fundamental day to day activity of purchasing and supply management professionals. Reference should also be made to the CIPS Knowledge Summary document on the Use of Lawyers.
CIPS: Guide to buying telecommunications
This booklet does not aim to recommend 'best buys’ or individual suppliers, but to outline the more significant trends and developments, to alert buyers to the risks and benefits of technology innovation and the volatile marketplace, and to explain some of the jargon which exists in the industry. (Note that a comprehensive Glossary is provided towards the end of the booklet).
CIPS: Guide to Event Services
In the past procurement’s role has been limited to the buying of tangible goods with little involvement and influence in the buying of Meetings and Events, where buying services is as important as facilities. This area has a high potential for value generation.
CIPS: High-performance purchasing: A move to strategic purchasing and specialisation
The aim of this paper is to review current literature in order to throw some light on the reasons for, and issues surrounding, this move to positioning purchasing as a strategic activity, which creates high-performance purchasers. Starting with an outline of the contexts in which purchasing activity is situated, and the debates over purchasing’s role within the wider activities of the firm as a whole, the paper will then go on to look at the idea of strategic purchasing, before finally teasing out some of the specific implications of becoming strategic for purchasing practitioners.
CIPS: Home Alone
As the price of oil soars to a new high of AUS $165 per barrel and petrol reaches AUS $1.50 per litre, the option of working from home or closer to home can seem increasingly enticing. The prospect of no more morning and evening commute, sitting in traffic jams, worrying as the dial on the petrol pump flashes around in a blur. Extra time to do those home jobs that never seem to get done as we arrive home too tired and stressed. But what is the reality of working all or a substantial part of the working week in a location removed from ones colleagues really like? Can it work effectively for both the procurement professional and the organisation?