Practical Procurement

Practical Procurement


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Practical Procurement is designed to provide a detailed overview of and introduction to the fundamentals of procurement. 

Practical Procurement is aimed at students of the CIPS advanced certificate and diploma qualifications and students of procurement option modules on courses such as BTEC Higher Business Studies. 


    ISBN: 9781903499252
    Edition: 1st

    The main focus points of Practical Procurement include:

    • Tendering and supplier selection 
    • General procurement methods such as the use of ‘call-off’ orders and negotiation 
    • New aspects of procurement including e-Procurement 
    • Strategic partnerships 
    • Outsourcing 
    • Purchasing of services 
    • Purchasing ethics 
    The book includes an introduction to some of the ancillary aspects of supply chain operations and management such as logistics, including international logistics, as well as an introduction to a growing concept: relationships.


    1. Fundamentals of Procurement
    2. Specification Process 
    3. Quality Concepts and Practices 
    4. The Tendering Process 
    5. Supplier Selection and Evaluation 
    6. Procurement Methods 
    7. Strategic Partnerships and Outsourcing 
    8. Technology and E-procurement 
    9. Procurement of Services 
    10. Capital Goods Acquisition 
    11. Ethics and Ethical Issues 
    12. Performance Measures 
    13. Internal Customer and External Supplier Relationships 
    14. Introduction to Legal Issues 
    15. Bibliography 
    16. Index


    Both Carter and Kirby have extensive experience and knowledge of all aspects of procurement, and both authors have written numerous books and articles on the subject.

    Carter is an external examiner for Salford University and a Fellow of Leicester University, and Kirby is Senior Purchasing Tutor for Cheltenham Tutorial College.

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