Browsing All posts tagged under »NPM«

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]