Assessing the State of Procurement Knowledge Production: Implications for the Federal Government

Report Number: NPS-CM-11-171

Series: Contract Management

Category: Best Practices

Report Series: Sponsored Report

Authors: Alfred D. Fryman, Kenneth A. Haile

Title: Assessing the State of Procurement Knowledge Production: Implications for the Federal Government

Published: 2011-10-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Graduate Student

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2011/NPS-CM-11-171.pdf

Keywords: Purchasing, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Federal Acquisition, Contracting, Social Network Analysis, Public Sector, Private Sector, Theory Use, Best Practices

Abstract:

This study seeks to understand the realm of purchasing knowledge in order to glean theoretical and practical insights that are useful to academicians and practitioners. The primary goals are to evaluate the extent to which purchasing research relies on theory and to identify and summarize the central theories germane to the purchasing discipline. Additionally, using social network analysis, this study explores patterns and insights from knowledge producers (i.e., individuals and institutions) and knowledge repositories (i.e., academic journals). Finally, this research combines the theoretical analysis and the social network analysis to identify the best practices that can be used in federal procurement.