Promoting competitive markets: The role of public procurement

Nigel Caldwell, Helen Walker, Christine Harland, Louise Knight, Jurong Zheng, Tim Wakeley

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The study presented here examines how public procurement agencies address establishing and maintaining competitive markets; a topic still in its academic infancy. Cases are used to address impediments and improve understanding of strategic priorities in managing for competitive markets. Public policy academics have observed many competing policies in the wider public sector. Specifically, this paper identifies a need for research on supplier incentives at a market level, on the post contract management of suppliers and as an important sub-set, key supplier relationship management, along with professional development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of purchasing and supply management
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event14th Annual IPSERA Conference 2005: Researches in Purchasing and Supply Management - Geneva/Archamps, France
Duration: 20 Mar 200523 Mar 2005
Conference number: 14


  • competitive markets
  • public procurement
  • strategic supplier management


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