7 Greatest Procurement & Purchasing Books Ever Written

What are purchasing books essential for purchasing career? In this article, we will uncover the best purchasing books to help you get the edge over the competition.

In Search of the Best Procurement and Purchasing Books

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

In order to establish a good career path in this area, lifelong learning is a key and good purchasing books play the important role in your career advancement. Our book ranking method uses,

- Objective evaluation with a clear data collection plan.
- Metrics such as book performance, sales performance & reader's feedback.

Data Collection
To come up with a list of top 7 purchasing books, we collect data as below,

- Firstly, we collect the names of books available on Amazon.com.

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

1. Citation counts: a basic bibliometric method showing how many times each purchasing book is cited by other publications. Citation counts indicate how well each purchasing book 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 is (in the eye of library staffs)

3. Amazon Customer Review: numbers of stars each book 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 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 a good book 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 and select the best purchasing books based on overall performance.

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

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 TwitterQuora and Google+ or drop him a line via e-mail.