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Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance
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Environmental Scanning: An indicator of strategic significance

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  • Perhaps we have over complicated in the quest to justify our own importance?
  • These provide useful indicators – but perhaps an over-complication?
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    • 1. Environmental Scanning: A primary indicator of strategic significance J. Gordon Murray PhD
    • 2. Is it possible to have a primary indicator of whether or not procurement is strategic?
    • 3. Does it matter whether or not procurement is strategic?
    • 4. Scope of paper Research method Findings, conclusions & implications Strategic Procurement Environmental scanning Procurement strategy Recession
    • 5. Environmental scanning
      • Scanning for information about events and relationships in an [organisation’s] outside environment, the knowledge of which would assist top management in its task of charting the [organisation’s] future course of action
      • (Aguilar, 1967)
    • 6.  
    • 7. Environmental scanning literature
      • Largely unexplored in terms of
          • top managers
          • tools and processes
          • procurement strategy
      • Can be generalised as asking leading question
          • ‘Do you carry out environmental scanning?’
    • 8. The recession
      • 5% of council ‘strategic/critical suppliers ‘at risk’
      • Procurement’s response represents an interesting opportunity for research
    • 9. Strategic procurement
      • Evidenced
          • When procurement professionals are viewed as key decision makers in the organisation’s strategic planning process,
          • participating in the formulation and suggesting ways to enhance and support the organisation’s strategic success .
          • Through a procurement strategy , reviewed & adjusted to match changes in the organisation’s strategic plans on a regular basis .
        • (Ellram & Carr, 1994; Carr & Smeltzer, 1997)
    • 10. Strategic procurement
      • A recognition that organisational success will be compromised without the contribution of procurement.
    • 11. The mere presence of a procurement strategy, as opposed to how it is discussed & owned, is questionable as a measure of strategic significance; particularly in a dynamic environment
    • 12. Procurement strategy literature
      • Should be aligned and linked with other strategies
      • Assumes a linear and sequential development process
      • Environmental scanning at the start, or
      • in terms of using the supply market as a source of innovation
    • 13. Municipal Year Book research: Chief Executives April 2010
    • 14. Research question
      • What has been the impact of the recession on councils procurement strategy?
    • 15. Research approach
      • Exploratory
      • 26 homogenous councils, previously identified with strategic objectives of local economic development
      • Personalised email survey
      • One year into recession
      • Response rate: 73% (19 of the 26 councils)
      • Only 46% of respondents procurement managers
    • 16. Findings
      • 57.9% had a written procurement strategy
      • 21% linked with economic development strategy
      • 55.6% felt procurement strategy wasn’t owned by elected members
          • “ Little interest from members” (Dir of Corporate Services)
      • 61% could not say procurement strategy reviewed in light of recession
        • “ It was produced to provide a strategy, not to promote results” (Procurement Manager)
    • 17. Conclusions & discussion
      • Recession could have been expected to have been a major cause of concern of councils
      • Even though evidence of procurement strategies in place
      • Response to recession?
          • Business as usual yet regular review of strategy an indicator of strategic procurement.
      • While we debate ‘is procurement strategic?’, the argument can be distilled into how important is procurement environmental scanning
    • 18. Hypothesis
      • A primary indicator of strategic procurement is that on-going environmental scanning will required by and reported to the organisation’s leadership.
    • 19. Does it matter whether or not procurement is strategic?
    • 20. Does it matter if procurement is strategic?
      • What matters is whether organisations are making optimum use of the resources at their disposal.
      • This exploratory research suggests they aren’t.
    • 21. Implications
      • Practitioners
          • Reflect on how environmental scanning is embedded in culture as part of risk management and strategic response
      • Research
          • Test the findings of this exploratory research and the hypothesis
          • Why is procurement not being making its optimum contribution?
      • Educators
          • Consider perception that environmental scanning is ‘task and finish’ as opposed to on-going process.
          • Draw on the teaching example of the recession.
    • 22. Environmental scanning: A primary indicator of strategic significance? www.slideshare.net/DrGordonMurray [email_address] www.twitter.com/DrGordie

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