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Where Does Innovation Fit In to Public Procurement?

Michael Thornton, Purchasing Manager from the City of Leesburg, VA, recently wrote about Innovation in Public Procurement at NIGP NSites.

Michael states that innovation is not a word usually paired with public procurement.  He furthers discovers that as a procurement leader he has asked the key questions of:  What do we do? Why do we do it? Is there a better way?  In asking the questions, the desired outcome is to determine how as an organization we can “buy better to deliver better.”

This adage can speak volumes if answered and acted upon. Innovation directly supports purpose-based procurement and transformation.

In support of Michael’s insights, has your organization asked the question lately?  If so, what was the answer and is a plan in place to address the innovation question?


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