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An exploration of management competencies in public sector procurement

David McKevitt (Dublin City University (DCU))
Paul Davis (Strategic Procurement at DCU)
Roelf Woldring (WCI, Canada)
Kay Smith (DCU)

Journal of Public Procurement

ISSN: 1535-0118

Article publication date: 1 March 2012


There is currently much debate about the meaning of competency and its importance to professionalization. This article explores the personal meaning and importance of competency from the perspective of public buyers and managers in Ireland and the UK. Using an in-depth mixed method research design, we propose a typology of public procurement competency and discuss the implications of the framework for professionalization of public procurement.


McKevitt, D., Davis, P., Woldring, R., Smith, K., Flynn, A. and McEvoy, E. (2012), "An exploration of management competencies in public sector procurement", Journal of Public Procurement, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 333-355.



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