Cooperative purchasing in the public sector

Helen Walker*, Michael Essig, Fredo Schotanus, Timo Kivistö

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Cooperative purchasing is not new – either in scientific research or in practical application. Historically, forms of cooperation and consortia in purchasing were first discussed by Mitchell (1927) and Gushée and Boffey (1928). According to Sanders and Knapp (1979), the first Ph.D. thesis on cooperative sourcing was written in 1969 at the University of Denver. According to Encarta (1999), cooperatives as we know them go back to the cooperation by the labour movement in the United Kingdom in the eighteenth century.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublic Procurement
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Cases and Commentary
EditorsLouise Knight, Christine Harland, Jan Telgen, Khi V. Thai, Guy Callender, Katy McKen
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780203815250
ISBN (Print)9780203815250, 9780415394048
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Walker, H., Essig, M., Schotanus, F., & Kivistö, T. (2007). Cooperative purchasing in the public sector. In L. Knight, C. Harland, J. Telgen, K. V. Thai, G. Callender, & K. McKen (Eds.), Public Procurement: International Cases and Commentary (pp. 325-342). Routledge.