03 February 2005
Four out of five purchasers believe the profession will have a higher profile in 2005, according to the results of an SM online poll.
Eighty percent of respondents - 91 of the 114 - answered "yes" to the question: "Do you think purchasing will gain influence in your organisation over the coming year?"
Eighteen per cent, or 20 voters, said "no".
"We welcome the positive attitude," said Roy Ayliffe, director of professional practice at CIPS.
"But what we don't know is how the 'yes' vote is split between public and private sectors."
In the public sector, an upbeat attitude could be explained by the spotlight thrown on procurement by the Gershon efficiency review.
"Public-sector purchasers have not really had this attention before," Ayliffe said.
Optimism in the private sector could come from the focus on corporate social responsibility.
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