Twenty-five years ago it was my privilege to co-author the article “The Public Purchasing Profession” with the late Stanley Zemanksy, an icon of public procurement. In that article, Stan and I wrestled with the questions of whether the public procurement official is a professional and whether public procurement is a profession. Nine years later, Alex Sekwat of Tennessee State University joined Stan and me in revisiting those two questions in a second article, “The Public ...

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