Resources and Competencies in Procurement


The concept focuses on ‘competences’ as productive resources in organisations. It defines a ‘competence’, reviews its properties and introduces some case evidence and implementation steps.

Technique Overview

Resources and Competencies in Procurement Definition

Competencies are sets of skills that individuals require to interface internally within their own team and organisation and externally with suppliers, customers and other stakeholders. Resourcing refers to the strategic activity of a department to acquire the right professionals. Resourcing is a key lever for effective management of costs and is a strategic differentiator for companies (CIPS: Managing Purchasing and Supply Management Resourcing and Competencies).

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  • Blascovich, J., Kohn, L., Markham, B. and Slaight, T. (2004) Creating Value Through Strategic Supply Management. [Online] Available at: www.atkearney.com/index.php/Publications/creating-value-through-strategic-supply-management.html [Accessed: January 2012].
  • CIPS: Managing Purchasing and Supply Management Resourcing and Competencies.
  • Condon, P. (2008) Blackpool and the Fylde College: Sustainable Procurement. Building Capacity. [Online] Available at: spce.procureweb.ac.uk/1950.file.dld [Accessed: January 2012].
  • Mills, J. (No date) Resource and Competence-Based Strategy. Institutute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. [Online] Available at: www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/csp/summaries/res_competence.html [Accessed: 31 January 2012].

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