We all have pet peeves, right?
Well, one of mine is the fact that our profession uses different terms to describe the same thing. And a bigger one is when people try to “educate” their peers about the differences between these terms when there really isn’t a difference.
One of those examples is the use of “purchasing” and “procurement.” Look, these two terms refer to the same thing. Don’t kid yourself into thinking otherwise.
I got drawn into a debate on the topic on Ariba’s “Strategic Sourcing & Procurement” LinkedIn Group. Whether or not you agree with me, I think that there are some really frank comments in the thread.
But don’t spend too much time there…it’s such a silly debate when there are so many other value-added things that procurement/purchasing professionals like you could be thinking about.
To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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