Large organisations can suffer badly when IT procurement goes wrong, but for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it can be fatal. David Nickson guides the reader through the entire procurement process. Whether identifying the changing IT requirements of a business, evaluating potential suppliers or managing them once appointed, this handbook enables the reader to avoid the pitfalls which have brought down so many SMEs.
Electronic procurement has become one of the main e-government initiatives for many countries as they look to improve procurement through a more open, competitive, and transparent environment. E-procurement continues to prove itself as a viable alternative to manual processes, bringing cost savings and efficiencies. The Asian Development Bank has been a promoter of electronic government procurement (e-GP) as a key component for procurement reforms through active involvement in the Multilateral Development Bank Working Group on e-GP. This handbook aims to inform readers about e-GP, provide a reference for related concepts, and examine how e-GP implementations have taken shape in different jurisdictions worldwide.
Public procurement law is a necessary component of the single market because it attempts to regulate the public markets of Member States and represents a key priority for the European Union. This Research Handbook makes a major contribution to the understanding of the current EU public procurement regime, its interface with the law of the internal market and the pivotal role that this will play in the delivery of the European 2020 Growth Strategy.
Since the 1990s, government at all levels is under increasing pressure to do more with less. However, despite the U.S. government spending about 15 to 20 percent of its GDP on contracts for goods and services, there is a paucity of reference books for public procurement officials and very few textbooks for courses on the subject. Filling this void, the International Handbook of Public Procurement provides the knowledge necessary to understand how procurement works and how to improve the cost-effectiveness of procurement systems. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the book focuses on the managerial, economic, political, and legal aspects of this topic. It begins with a conceptual framework and highlights various reforms occurring in certain countries. By examining these improvements, readers are able to apply this knowledge to their own strategies. The next section presents selected cases that illustrate the public procurement process, examining systems in various nations including Germany, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Uganda, and Estonia. The book also discusses the rise of electronic procurement systems (E-procurement) and reviews the benefits of these efficient systems. Other topics presented in this comprehensive volume include practical discussions on contract negotiations, bidding, price strategies and cost analysis, and an insightful chapter on the market’s response to contract award announcements. A virtual encyclopedia from numerous international experts, this book was assembled by Khi V. Thai, Professor at Florida Atlantic University and Editor of the Journal of Public Procurement. Dr. Thai has provided technical assistance in the area of public procurement to governments across the world. Empowering those on all sides of the issue, this volume dispenses advice valuable to government officials and contractors, as well as providing a comprehensive text for public administration students.
This third edition of the SME Mining Engineering Handbook reaffirms its international reputation as "the handbook of choice" for today's practicing mining engineer. It distills the body of knowledge that characterizes mining engineering as a disciplinary field and has subsequently helped to inspire and inform generations of mining professionals.Virtually all of the information is original content, representing the latest information from more than 250 internationally recognized mining industry experts. Within the handbook's 115 thought-provoking chapters are current topics relevant to today's mining professional: Analyzing how the mining and minerals industry will develop over the medium and long term--why such changes are inevitable, what this will mean in terms of challenges, and how they could be managed Explaining the mechanics associated with the multifaceted world of mine and mineral economics, from the decisions associated with how best to finance a single piece of high-value equipment to the long-term cash-flow issues associated with mine planning at a mature operation Describing the recent and ongoing technical initiatives and engineering developments in relation to robotics, automation, acid rock drainage, block caving optimization, or process dewatering methods Examining in detail the methods and equipment available to achieve efficient, predictable, and safe rock breaking, whether employing a tunnel boring machine for development work, mineral extraction using a mobile miner, or cast blasting at a surface coal operation Identifying the salient points that dictate which is the safest, most efficient, and most versatile extraction method to employ, as well as describing in detail how each alternative is engineered Discussing the impacts that social and environmental issues have on mining from the pre-exploration phase to end-of-mine issues and beyond, and how to manage these two increasingly important factors to the benefit of both the mining companies and other stakeholders
Business & Economics by Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
Author: Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.
Category: Business & Economics
This handbook covers the entire spectrum of purchasing, from policy and organization to systems, procedures and techniques. This third edition reflects recent developments in purchasing Europe-wide and covers TQM, EDI and environmental issues.
Before You Ever Put the First Shovel in the Ground—This Book Could Be the Difference Between a Successful Mining Operation and a Money Pit Opening a successful new mine is a vastly complex undertaking entailing several years and millions to billions of dollars. In today’s world, when environmental and labor policies, regulatory compliance, and impact on the community must be factored in, you cannot afford to make a mistake. So the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration has created this road map for you. Written by two hands-on, in-the-trenches mining project managers with decades of experience who bring some of the world’s most successful, profitable mines into operation on time, within budget, and ethically, Project Management for Mining gives you step-by-step instructions in every process you are likely to encounter. Beginning with a discussion of mining ethics and governance, this clearly written handbook walks you through all the project management steps—defining the scope, performing prefeasibility and feasibility studies, gaining societal acceptance, minimizing the impact and risks, creating workable schedules and budgets, setting in place the project execution plan, assembling the human resources, hiring the contractors, and establishing project controls—and then on into the delivery of the engineering and design, construction, progress reviews, pre-launch commissioning, and ramping up for operation. Each chapter includes several useful aids such as figures, checklists, and flowcharts to guide you through every step, from conception through successful opening.
The author of this book, Peter L. Vesterdorf, is head of the EU department of the Danish federation of small and medium-sized enterprises (Handvaerksradet) and is also president of the legal affairs committee of UEAPME, the European association of craft and small and medium-sized enterprises, which represents over 7 million SMEs in the European Union. Peter Vesterdorf has worked as an adviser to the liberal group of the Danish parliament, in the European Parliament (R & D), as EC law adviser in the Danish ministry of foreign affairs, and as a legal clerk in the European Court of Justice. Vesterdorf is a doctor of European Community law (lic. jur.) and author of a considerable number of books on European Union law, in particular in the fields of the internal market, public procurement, antitrust law, state aid as well as institutional law of the Union. He has contributed to public debate about Union matters in a large number of articles and interviews in the Danish, and to some extent the international, press, and has taught Union law in Denmark as well as abroad. Vesterdorf also works as a legal consultant to private business, mostly as a specialist in co-operation with law firms, and is closely associated with the international law firm Legalink Denmark."
Providing an important and timely overview of research on the exciting area of entrepreneurship in biotechnology, The Handbook of Bioentrepreneurship examines one of the most promising industries of the 21st century. While genetically engineered food and biopharmaceuticals have made biotechnology part of our everyday life, starting a bioventure is among the most complex and risky entrepreneurial tasks given long development cycles, high technological and market uncertainty, and high capital intensity. Providing unparalleled in-depth and detailed analysis, this Handbook sheds light on business models and strategies, financing, cooperation networks between firms and universities, among other issues. With new developments in biotechnology increasingly in the news, this is an important source for readers interested in public policy, entrepreneurship, and business in the 21st century.