The impact of commodity councils on the internal structures of purchasing organizations in the United States Air Force
Rairigh, Beth M.
Sanchez, Eva Rae
Engelbeck, R. Marshall
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To better support the warfighter, the Department of Defense is emulating industry's Best Commercial Practices (BCP). Identified as a BCP, strategic sourcing is an integral part of the procurement transformation, aimed at buying products cheaper and faster. Success in the commercial industry has shown that strategic sourcing is a powerful tool that can significantly cut costs and improve customer responsiveness. The Air Force has taken initial steps to implement strategic sourcing into their purchasing organizations through commodity councils. This research uses the case study method to identify patterns and trends experienced by commercial companies in their implementation of strategic sourcing. In particular, it focuses on 1) job description 2) training 3) manpower 4) realignment 5) procedures and 6) human aspect. Further analysis compares these "lessons learned" to current Air Force practices and discusses potential barriers and to what extent they can be adopted. Based on these findings, specific recommendations are made to better help the Air Force enable this transformation.
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