I have been advised that a book entitled “The Construction Purchasing Agent Handbook: The Critical Sourcing Method” has just hit the market. I’ve read a couple of chapters of the book and scanned the rest so far.

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What I like about this book is that it is very, very targeted. It is aimed to deliver maximum benefit to new purchasing agents in the construction industry. As such, it shares a lot of practical, useable ideas instead of the pie-in-the-sky ideas that sound great from 30,000 feet but are virtually unimplementable like those ideas featured in books targeted at CPO’s.

Though the book does address many specifics of construction purchasing – and, therefore, should be required reading for everyone in construction purchasing – there are parts that can apply to any purchasing professional. One example is the ethics chapter. There is nothing new in this chapter but, when it comes to ethics, there are some things that can’t be said/heard too many times.

The book is well-written, contains solid advice, and is easy and pleasurable to read. If you’re interested, you can get this book from Amazon.com.

Disclosure: I do not receive any compensation from the sales or promotion of this book. However, I do admit to being flattered by the author – who I have never met – writing that this blog gave him the idea to write the book and that my “efforts at advancing Purchasing as a strategic function have benefited everyone in our profession.”


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Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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