According to a startling statistic revealed by Ralph Meier, fewer than 2 percent of more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the nation have the type of eProcurement systems in place they need to gain visibility over spending or implement a strategic sourcing program (Meier 2009). Why is this a problem? In my work, Proficient University Procurement, I examine the practices of centralized procurement and decentralized procurement, compare traditional procurement to eProcurement, and highlight the effectiveness and shortcomings of their practices here at Grand Valley State University. At then end of my research I’ve included recommendations to put into practice more spending conscious guidelines and technology that will strengthen procurement effectiveness at the university and benefit its students and faculty alike.
Hess, Leiah, "Proficient University Procurement" (2013). Honors Projects. 198.