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The English edition of the open-access book "Public Procurement, Theory, Practices and Tools"


It is an interdisciplinary book which discusses the ‘what and why’ of public procurement, providing insight into the ‘how’ of contemporary procurement in the public sector. As such it explains the complexity of public procurement and how it can help create public value. The theory discussed in the book is grounded in real world examples, while offering implications and tools for practice. A final discussion chapter addresses the changes and developments in public procurement and how public procurement is moving forward, to inspire the next generation of procurement professionals to become change agents and lead public procurement into a new era.

As Prof Louise Knight (University of Twente / EL-IPS) explains in her recommendation in the book:

"At last! Thanks to six Dutch scholars, educators and trainers in the field of strategic public procurement now have an excellent core textbook to recommend to their students. Over eight chapters, each with clear learning objectives, the authors cover all 'the basics' of public procurement, explaining processes, models and strategies. The real added value of this book lies, however, in its coverage of the policy and strategic opportunities and priorities for procurement in the public domain. The two chapters on public values and procurement law set out the wider context and drivers of public procurement. Drawing on their extensive experience in practice, the authors provide rich insights into coping with conflicting values and competing priorities and sensemaking as part of decision-making (for example) – making this an ideal book for advanced procurement studies both in universities and professional development settings. There are plenty of figures and examples to illustrate the issues addressed and references to guide further reading. The closing chapter looks to the future, highlighting key transitions within our field and calling on readers to become agents of change, leveraging the many opportunities for strategic and policy impact that can be realised through effective procurement."