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Introduction……………………………………………………………………………3 Part 1 - Discussion of Statement………………………… ........................................... 3 Part 2 - Discussion of definitions…………………………………………...…………4 Part 3 - Discussion of two examples…………………………………………………..5 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………..6 References ..................................................................................................................... 7 Appendices .................................................................................................................... 8 Introduction The following short essay will look to address a number of topics surrounding the basic tasks involved in the procurement process. The author will first address the following statement: “Procurement is simply a process that is never in the news. Even the tasks are simple: completion of the necessary forms, obtaining the necessary approvals and just issue the order. What is so difficult about that?” As part of the process of addressing the above statement, the author will uncover a number of academic & professional definitions of procurement, before arriving at his own. The author will then provide two examples of where procurement has been “in the news” and provide discussion how the definitions provided simplify or complicate the concept. Part 1 - Discussion of Statement On face value alone this statement could be seen to be a fair assumption of the procurement process, as far as the tasks are concerned anyway. However, York University defines procurement as acquiring goods and services including functions such as; description of requirements, selection and solicitation of sources, preparation and award of contract, disposal of surplus assets, and all phases of contract management. This statement contradicts the above as it proves there is a widespread process required to ensure purchasing is concluded in an efficient manner. (York University 2008) Further evidence can be seen in the fact that NASA has a dedicated office of procurement and states the following as its mission, goal and objectives:
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MISSION The Office of Procurement provides functional management, leadership, and policy direction of procurement and financial assistance activities (excluding Space Act Agreements) for the entire Agency. GOAL The goal of the Office of Procurement is to ensure the Agency executes its mission successfully by effectively and efficiently managing the acquisition process. OBJECTIVES The Office of Procurement has three primary objectives by which it achieves its goal and provides functional leadership for the Agency. These are: ▪ To help customers plan acquisitions and get what they need at fair and reasonable prices, when they need it, using the best methods and tools; ensuring adherence to high standards of professional integrity ▪ To continuously improve the Agency acquisition process, anticipating evolving Agency needs, with particular attention to improving contract management ▪ To develop the people (and related infrastructure) geared to aggressively pursue the acquisition opportunities and challenges the Agency faces in the decades to come. (NASA 2009)
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