Presentation - Center of Research in Procurement and Supply Chain

OUR MISSION
The "Center of research in Procurement and Supply Chain," Proxenter, undertakes interdisciplinary research on Public and Private Procurement and on the Supply Chain. It promotes the cultural and scientific debate on these issues, working with governments, institutions and companies.
The Statute of Proxenter can be downloaded online.

ACTIVITES
The Proxenter’s main activities are as follows:
•Organize seminars, conferences, and workshops at national and international level.
•Promote the publications – on line and hardcopy – of research results.
•Promote the exchange of information and competences between Proxenter and public and private institutions universities, governments, and industries.
•Promote research projects with public and private institutions on public and private procurement and on the supply chain
•Promote collaborations with public and private institutions.
•Identify and promote best practices and toolkits on public and private procurement.

WHY A RESEARCH CENTER ON PUBLIC PROCUREMENT?
The purchase of works, goods and services from public administrations (PAs) or public authorities – public procurement- typically concerns 15-20% of a country GDP. This range will increase in the next years because of the increased level of delegation to the private sector of the provision of public services, not only in traditional sectors such as transport, energy and gas, but also in new sectors, such as the prison sectors and waste. Improving the efficiency of public procurement, reducing its costs and raising the quality of goods, infrastructure and services, can therefore contribute significantly to the welfare of a country. Public procurement is indeed playing a key role in the European strategy.
The Proxenter aims to undertake research on public and private procurement, to provide evaluations, identify best practices, and offer recommendations on procurement policy and regulations.

WHY A CENTER OF RESEARCH ON PRIVATE PROCUREMENT?
When procuring goods or services, private enterprises aim to minimize the price and maximize the quality of the work, good or service they are buying. The efficiency and effectiveness of this procurement process are influenced by the design of the procurement tools. As public buyers, private sector buyers must encourage the participation of suppliers in the procurement procedure and design the tender (award criterion, division into lots, evaluation of technical scores, composition of the committee, etc.) so as to ensure a healthy competition among suppliers, evaluate the offers according to the parameters that reflect the needs of the buyer and efficiently monitor the execution of the contract.
Research in private procurement therefore shares many objectives as the one in public procurement. The main difference between the two is that the degree of discretion of a private buyer is much greater than the one of a public buyer, who typically is constrained by strict rules and established procedures, and is limited in the use it can make of negotiations. Furthermore, the private buyer can develop relational agreements, informal rather than formal agreements, with ongoing suppliers to an extent that the public buyer cannot do.
 

Handbook of Procurement

 

Editors: Nicola Dimitri, Università degli Studi Siena; Gustavo Piga Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"; Giancarlo Spagnolo Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata".

Description: How can organizations ensure that they can get best value for money in their procurement decisions? How can they stimulate innovations from their dedicated suppliers? With contributions from leading academics and professionals, this 2006 handbook offers expert guidance on the fundamental aspects of successful procurement design and management in firms, public administrations, and international institutions. The issues addressed include the management of dynamic procurement; the handling of procurement risk; the architecture of purchasing systems; the structure of incentives in procurement contracts; methods to increase suppliers' participation in procurement contests and e-procurement platforms; how to minimize the risk of collusion and of corruption; pricing and reputation mechanisms in e-procurement platforms; and how procurement can enhance innovation. Inspired by frontier research, it provides practical recommendations to managers, engineers and lawyers engaged in private and public procurement design.

  • Each chapter contains 'practical conclusions': guidelines which focus the readers' attention on the main points that efficient procurement procedures should consider.
  • Written in a real-life business context, as each chapter is a response to problems encountered by the authors in their consultancy activity.
  • Innovative solutions proposed in the light of research.

LINEE GUIDA PER LA PREDISPOSIZIONE DELLE CONVENZIONI DI CONCESSIONE E GESTIONE
Edizione aggiornata sulla base della “Direttiva Concessioni” (2014/23/UE)

Abstract:
La corretta definizione dei rapporti tra le parti e l’allocazione chiara ed efficiente dei rischi sono aspetti di rilevanza cruciale nelle operazioni di partenariato pubblico-privato (PPP), caratterizzate, di regola, da un’elevata complessità e dalla loro durata prolungata nel tempo.
Tuttavia, in Italia – a differenza di altri paesi europei – l’impegno istituzionale si è prevalentemente concentrato sugli aspetti procedurali del PPP, dedicando una limitata attenzione ad altri pur rilevanti profili, specie per quel che concerne la disciplina civilistica dei rapporti tra i vari attori coinvolti in tali operazioni. Nel nostro paese vi è, inoltre, un limitato ricorso a strumenti di soft law (come linee guida e documenti standard) – solo di recente valorizzato limitatamente ai progetti relativi al settore ospedaliero1 – che possano chiarire il complesso quadro regolatorio di riferimento e orientare gli operatori (in particolare le Amministrazioni concedenti) nella predisposizione dei contratti.
Sulla scorta di tali considerazioni, il presente contributo vuole offrire una prima schematizzazione degli elementi principali che il contratto dovrebbe contenere per una corretta regolamentazione dei rapporti tra le parti e un’adeguata allocazione dei rischi, al fine di favorire, non soltanto la bancabilità del progetto, ma anche la tutela degli interessi dei contraenti e dei cittadini utenti, fruitori dei servizi.

MISSION

The "Center of Research in Procurement and Supply Chain", Proxenter, undertakes interdisciplinary research on Public and Private Procurement and on the Supply Chain. It promotes the cultural and scientific debate on these issues, working with governments, institutions and companies.