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Government purchasing: an evolving profession?

Guy Callender (School of Management, University of Technology)
Darin Matthews (Procurement and Contracts Administrator for Multnomah County, Oregon)

Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management

ISSN: 1096-3367

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



As government organizations step hopefully into a new century, among the challenges they face will be the demands of the “New Purchasing” and persistent pressure to redefine the role of the purchasing practitioner in government. Reengineering of purchasing activities was a constant feature of the 1990s in many government jurisdictions. Those who manage the function usually influence a large share of organizational expenditure and must also cope with the demands of e-commerce, devolution of responsibility, partnering and strategic alliances, and the implications of globalization within the context of an accountable public sector. Applying some theoretical, functionalist models of a profession, this paper seeks to establish professional credentials for purchasing practitioners.


Callender, G. and Matthews, D. (2000), "Government purchasing: an evolving profession?", Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 272-290.



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