15 May 2007 | Antony Barton
One in five purchasers do not know the proportion of the organisation's expenditure they control, according to a straw poll.
A survey of about 40 purchasers at a forum organised by PMMS Consulting Group found that a fifth were unaware of such details.
Neil Wright, PMMS director of operations, said it was critical that buyers had this information at their fingertips and added: "Those of you that don't know need to have a word with yourself."
The survey also revealed that globalisation and professional capability are seen as the top leadership challenges, while low-cost economy sourcing had dropped in importance. Wright said this showed how "faddish" procurement could be.
Supplier attitudes and goals appeared as increasing problems but Wright said little was being done to address this.
He concluded: "The leap isn't being made between what's being said here today and what you're doing on the ground."