7 Best Procurement Books Ever Written

In this article, we will uncover the best procurement books to help you get career advancement by evaluating top books in this field based on 7 criteria.

Background
Historically, procurement people are considered a kind of clerical workers who are expected to perform basic tasks such as document issuance and price negotiation. However, modern procurement has become a part of the company's success.

In order to establish a good career path in this area, lifelong learning is a key and good procurement books play the important role in your career advancement.

Finding the Best Procurement Books
To come up with a list of top books about procurement and purchasing, we collect data as below,

- First, we collect the names of books about procurement and purchasing from Amazon.com.

- After that, we collect various metrics of each book about procurement, namely,

1. Citation Counts: a basic bibliometric method showing how many times each procurement book is cited by other publications. Citation counts indicate how well each book about procurement performs against its peers.

2. Worldcat: a new kind of bibliometric method showing how many copies are stored in various libraries around the world (info can be retrieved from Worldcat.com) Numbers of copies indicate how useful each book in procurement and purchasing is (in the eye of library staffs.)

3. Amazon Customer Review: numbers of stars each book about procurement gets from the reviews available on Amazon.com. We use only positive reviews (3 stars or more) to evaluate a book.

4. Sales Rank: this metric illustrates how well each book in procurement and purchasing performs in the eye of the end users (number close to 1 is better.)

5. Number of Pages: this metric shows how comprehensive each book is (the more is the better.)

6. Number of Editions: how many times each book gets revised during its lifetime. We believe only good books about procurement get the revised edition(s.)

7. Recency: "time since the last update" indicates how "fresh" each book is. Of course, this metric will not be used in isolation. We will exclude a book from the list if it doesn't have a revised edition at all in the past 5 years (we assume this kind of book is "obsolete".)

- Finally, we compare the metrics of each book about procurement and purchasing and select the best procurement books based on overall performance.

- In case the author produced more than one book about procurement, only the book with the highest overall performance will be included.


Reference
- Cox, A. (1996). Relational competence and strategic procurement management. European Journal of Purchasing and supply management, 2(1), 57-70.

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Last review and update: September 26, 2018

About the Editor

Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.