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NPM’s guiding principles for creating a “Slim” State: What Marshall, Tipple and Rotor should have known?

October 6, 2007

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I am certain that many of us who have tracked the ongoing saga of the Government of Canada’s Way Forward initiative over the years has undoubtedly read Kathryn May’s article regarding former PWGSC Deputy Minister David Marshall’s testimony at the Federal Labor Relations Board Hearing regarding the dismissal of Douglas Tipple and David Rotor (Ottawa Citizen, […]

If you want to make a ‘private sector’ approach work for public procurement – start small by Jon Hansen

October 4, 2014

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Editor’s Note: The following is the article I wrote that appeared in the most recent edition of IACCM’s Contracting Excellence ezine  regarding the viability of the public sector adopting private sector procurement practices.  Check out the IACCM website to access other interesting articles and insights. Having written extensively about the New Public Management or NPM mind-set […]

Like a big screen action thriller, all that was missing from Barner’s ThomasNet article was popcorn . . . by Jon Hansen

September 3, 2014

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From a penny wise, pound foolish acquisition to a misdirected NPM reference involving Walmart, Kelly Barner’s recent ThomasNet News article “Three False Assumptions About Strategic Sourcing” had it all.  The only thing missing for me with this roller-coaster ride of sheer procurement enjoyment, was hot buttered popcorn and a big box of Mike and Ike. […]

Does the UK’s new Crown Commercial Service represent the future of public sector procurement? by Jon Hansen

July 24, 2013

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A corporate-style overhaul of the way the government buys up to £12bn of goods and services will be announced today as ministers try to use the spur of austerity to change the way Whitehall operates and make savings of around £1bn a year. from the  July 23rd, 2013 Financial Times article Business-style agency to run […]

The Privatization of the UK Government? by Jon Hansen

June 10, 2013

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In the most recent post in the Procurement Insights EU blog, Colin Cram discusses the recent Lord Browne Report on non-executive directors working with the UK government. For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, non-executives are drawn from numerous industry sectors (see graphic below) to provide expertise for an annual fee of roughly […]

Spend Matters Peter Smith’s Tesco rant misses the point by Jon Hansen

March 18, 2013

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Just so I leave no room for misunderstanding, I have never been an advocate of the centralization of the procurement process in the public sector.  Nor have I been lured into accepting the New Public Management or NPM mindset that automatically and without justification cedes procurement expertise and best practices to the private sector. The […]

Losing Vendor Litigation (Part 4): Belt with suspenders purchasing

August 11, 2011

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You may very well be right but . . . we followed the proper bid procedure so that is  all that matters. Executive Director, Chief Information Officer Branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat e-mail response to question regarding unrealistic Way Forward savings forecast I have on many an occasion written about the above referenced e-mail […]

Did Sir Philip Green Get It Right?

October 16, 2010

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Below is the actual review prepared by Sir Philip Green regarding the inefficiencies of the UK government’s procurement policies and practices.  Please note that it also includes a brief introduction video after the first slide. While we all take the time to review and digest the findings of Sir Philip, especially his assertion that “The […]

IACCM CEO Cummins discusses government waste due to poor contract management

October 14, 2010

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Inefficiencies in public spending are a result of the lack of defined practices for managing supply contracts and relationships, according to IACCM, a leading authority on contract and commercial management. The recent review of UK public finances by Sir Philip Green highlighted what the Topshop owner called ‘shocking’ spending processes, claiming that no business could […]

A Revenue Positive Business Model in Public Sector Purchasing (Part 1)

February 16, 2010

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The core “philosophy” behind the New Public Management or “NPM” concept (which has been part of the government lexicon since the 1980s), is the belief that a “market orientation in the public sector will lead to greater cost-efficiency for governments, without having negative side effects on other objectives and considerations.” While there may be merit […]