The ICPS Team Go Stateside!

In August 2012, three members of staff from the Winning in Tendering (WiT) project and the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies (ICPS) – Dr Pedro Telles, Dr Ama Eyo, and Ceri Evans – travelled to Seattle, USA, to deliver papers at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). The papers were selected for presentation by a select panel of specialist reviewers, tasked with reviewing over three hundred abstract submissions.   

IPPC has a global network of public procurement practitioners, researchers and leading academics from over one Ceri Evans delivering his paper at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) in Seattle.Ceri Evans delivering his paper at the 5th International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC) in Seattle.hundred countries. The network’s objective is to advance and share knowledge and best practices in public procurement. The core purpose of its activities is to facilitate privileged networking opportunities with high-level public procurement practitioners and experts. The Conference is one of the largest and most prestigious major international conferences in public procurement, bringing together over two hundred delegates from all corners of the globe. The purpose of this biennial procurement event is to bridge the gap between legal and economic scholarship, in encouraging papers from both disciplines.

The papers presented by members of the team explored a range of procurement issues related to e-procurement, low value procurement and tendering challenges experienced by SMEs. Dr Ama Eyo, Public Procurement Specialist at ICPS and WiT, and Lecturer in Law at Bangor Law School, presented a paper on the topic ‘Regulation of E-Auctions in the US Federal Procurement System: Lessons from the E-Auction Rules in the United Kingdom.’ Dr Pedro Telles, Public Procurement Law Specialist at ICPS and WiT, explored low value procurement in his paper entitled ‘Low Value Procurement and Transparency: Squaring the Circle’.

In his paper, Ceri Evans, Senior Supplier and Procurement Specialist at ICPS and WiT, explored the topic ‘Public Sector Tendering Challenges for SMEs, Procurer Feedback Provision and Tendering Support Mechanisms: Insights from the Welsh Tender Review Service’. Ceri’s paper had earlier been selected as one of the best papers for publication in the peer-reviewed Conference book Charting a Course in Public Procurement Innovation and Knowledge Sharing, co-edited by G. Albano, K. Snider & K. Thai and published by PrAcademics Press. Only fifteen papers from the 170 papers submitted for the Conference are published in the book.

Other papers, including the papers delivered by Dr Eyo and Dr Telles are available on the IPPC website here.Dr Pedro Telles delivers his paper entitled ‘Low Value Procurement and Transparency: Squaring the Circle’.Dr Pedro Telles delivers his paper entitled ‘Low Value Procurement and Transparency: Squaring the Circle’.

“All of our presentations generated significant interest in the work of the Winning in Tendering project and, in particular, the long-term beneficial impact of the project’s diverse work packages”, commented Ceri. “Many of the delegates we spoke to, who were present during our presentations, were seriously interested in applying the Best Practice from the project in their own home countries.”

Dr Telles also commented on how the conference afforded the team the opportunity to discuss the work of the WiT project with leading researchers and academics. He commented on how the conference presented an opportunity for him to hone in on his networking skills, as “without a good network of contacts, it is very difficult to set up solid consortia for future endeavours.”

After the conference, the team seized the opportunity to experience the City in taking a trip to the waterfront, Pike Place Market, and, of course, the world renowned Seattle Space Needle!

Publication date: 22 November 2012