The objective of the research is to review and analyse the literature on commercial sector procurement and supply-chain management, and to extract from this key themes, lessons and case studies which may hold salience for PCT (and other health service) commissioners. In particular, the project will consider:
What lessons does the supply chain management literature hold regarding how commissioners might review, and to what extent they can ‘manage’, their supplier markets?
How does the concept of core competency relate to PCT commissioning, and what implications does supply chain management theory have when considering what competencies PCTs should retain in-house?
Allen, B. A. & Wade, E. & Dickinson, H. (2009) 'Bridging the divide – commercial procurement and supply management: are there lessons for health care commissioning in England?' Journal of Public Procurement 9(1): 505 – 534.
Elizabeth Wade, Helen Dickinson and Barb Allen
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