Get involved, says CIPS president

1 November 2001
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01 November 2001 | Mark Whitehead

Purchasing and supply management professionals must get more involved in decisions about outsourcing, according to the new CIPS president.

Jeannie Bevan, who becomes the first woman president in CIPS's 69-year history today, said many professionals had missed having their say over "make-or-buy" policies in the 1980s.

Speaking to more than 100 guests at a celebration of the 10th anniversary of research into purchasing and supply at the University of Bath, where the Centre for Research in Strategic Purchasing and Supply (CRiSPS) was later launched, Bevan said outsourcing was now a major area for study.

"It's a body of knowledge that hasn't been developed but it's an area we need to look at more closely," she said.

In an interview with SM today, Bevan, director of sourcing at National Savings, says many managers still see outsourcing as a way to shed responsibility.

Two years ago she oversaw the transfer of most National Savings operations to Siemens Business Services in one of the most radical outsourcing projects in the UK public sector.

CRiSPS is currently carrying out research on outsourcing in the NHS and all of industry.

Professor Christine Harland, who has taken over as director of CRiSPS from Professor Richard Lamming, said: "Make-or-buy decisions have often been taken by the likes of IT heads, but they don't have the competence to source the appropriate partner for the outsourced relationship."

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