What is Bad Buying?
With this Bad Buying website we aim to shine a fearless spotlight on the things that go wrong with corporate buying and procurement – failures, frauds and f**k-ups, as I like to say. That does also mean highlighting and celebrating some of the positive ways in which organisations can avoid Bad Buying, as well as sticking the boot in when criticism is deserved. Fraud and corruption are also prevalent in the world of buying, and too often public and private sector bodies globally get away with some truly awful buying processes, practices and decisions that rarely get exposed and analysed. We aim to address that, and as any entrepreneur will tell you, we learn more from our mistakes than our successes. So we hope Bad Buying can help in that way too!
Who am I
I’m Peter Smith and I’ve been an industry leader in the procurement and supply chain arena for more years than I wish to mention, as a buyer, a CPO (procurement director), advisor, educator, industry analyst and writer. I have written two books, with another on the way, and work with a small number of solution providers in the industry. I’m also increasingly involved with the “Procurement with Purpose” movement, which Mark Perera (one of the founders of Procurement Leaders and CEO of Vizibl) and I have started recently.
CIPS presentation link – CIPS Surrey July 2022.pptx
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Also by Peter Smith
The Procurement Compendium is a collection of short articles relating to procurement and supply chain management, first published online via Spend Matters and Public Spend Forum websites. They aim to inform, provoke, occasionally educate and sometimes even amuse. Although procurement is the broad theme, topics range from Machiavelli’s thinking on change management to “licensing the procurement profession” the James Bond way; from the reasons for David Cameron’s EU negotiation failure to why technology should revolutionise category management; and from consultants over-charging to advice on speaking at conferences.