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MANAGEMENT: A 'state o' chassis'

14 July 2017  

Chris Hoyle investigates how to manage procurement crises

The history of the world is littered with failures; some heroic like Dunkirk and others inglorious like Chernobyl. Procurement is no exception, even if it’s not so epic. The phrase ‘Crisis? What crisis?’ helped bring down the Labour government in 1979. Fashioned by a Sun journalist – and not Jim Callaghan, the Prime Minister, as is commonly thought – the headline caught the popular impression of a government unaware of a very serious state of affairs which had sneaked up on it. The phrase though emphasises the high penalty that can be paid by the unwary procurer. The message I’d like to deliver is a simple one and it’s derived from this phrase. Procurement crises happen – people and systems can fail – but informed people can prevent them, and when these crises occur they can rescue the situation.

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  • Case(s) Referenced:

    EnergySolutions EU Ltd v Nuclear Decommissioning Authority [2016] EWHC 1988 (TCC)

    Finn Frogne A/S v Rigspolitiet ved Center for Beredskabskommunikation [2016] EUECJ C-549/14

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