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Dr Gordon Murray
Tata Consultancy Services
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Is the F-35B an "object lesson in the pitfalls of procurement"?
Is it really five years since I last discussed the TAC associated with fighter jets  and problems with not getting it right?  Well, regardless of that t he Times have now started to reveal the sad story of their investigation into yet another 'flawed' procu...

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Grenfell Tower: Could procurement help reduce the current risk?
Few could fail to be affected by the tragic disaster of Grenfell Tower. Understandably there has been a clamour for a quick response to reduce the risk of a repeat, but I wonder if the potential use of procurement as a speedy risk mitigator is being overloo...

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An Olympian challenge for sustainable procurement and user satisfaction
In a drawer beside me I have a suite of NIAAF medals, yes, surprisingly, some years ago I was an international athlete!  The medals have personal memories attached to them; I can remember something of each one of those races even now, over 20 years later.  ...

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Trump's Procurement policy dividend?
Trump and Brexit have certainly reinvigorated the old PEST analysis and no doubt are yielding plenty of university assignments at the present. From a procurement perspective there's plenty to think about. It's a few months since I last discussed Trump's pro...

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If Google and Facebook then ...
How on earth did Google and Facebook fall for such a basic and traditional scam that they have lost $100m by paying false invoices ?  If they could, could you also be vulnerable? I've discussed this type of fraud so often it almost makes me doubt reiteratin...

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Songs of Praise procurement and avoiding unnecessary discord
Outsourcing has now hit the religious broadcasting arm of the BBC and not everyone is singing a happy song. Some time ago we discussed the BBC's change of weather forecasting provider and the storm of criticism that brought  criticism based on whether a non...

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Is there a lesson for procurement in Tory's forgotten manifesto?
The suggestion that the Chancellor's advisors simply  "forgot the manifesto"   may well be a symptom of incompetence or just contempt for previous commitments but it does have lessons for procurement leaders.  First let's think about the purpose of a manife...

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Procurement 0.4 - are you at risk of relegation?
A n excellent Pilot Study into Procurement 0.4  has recently been published by Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) and Bundesverband Materialwirtschaft, Einkauf und Logistik e.V. (BME) - fortunately it is also available as an English ...

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UK Industrial Strategy and more procurement bluster
Today the UK Government released for consultation its new Industrial Strategy .  As has become the norm with this type of business document procurement gets its place in the sun; this time with seven pages. You can find a summary of the commitments on page ...

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Procurement Fraud on the increase - you are vulnerable too
The 2016/17 Global Fraud and Risk Report by Kroll has just been published and it indicates an increase for 17% to 26% in 'vendor, supplier or procurement fraud'. We've been discussing procurement fraud for some time and only yesterday Spendmatters' Peter Sm...
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