Government as an informed buyer: recognising technical expertise as a crucial factor in the success of engineering contracts
To be an informed buyer in government, two distinct skill sets are required: contracting skills and subject matter expertise. For goods and services which have complex engineering inputs, the subject matter knowledge required is engineering expertise. While government procurement and contracting guidelines recognise the importance of both skill sets, their emphasis is on contracting skills with only passing reference to subject matter expertise Access to technical expertise is becoming a more...[Show more]
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