A purchasing specification sharing model for community colleges in Oregon Public Deposited

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  • This dissertation addresses the problem of how best to share purchasing specifications among the community colleges of the State of Oregon. In order for Oregon's community college administrators who are responsible for the acquisition of goods and services for vocational and other programs to perform successfully, it requires the development and continual maintenance of specifications. The objectives of the study were: 1. To determine the usefulness of specification information sharing between public purchasing officials. 2. To help identify how best to share specification information. 3. To make recommendations about methods to share specifications. The thirteen 'community colleges of Oregon do not currently have a structural means to exchange purchasing specification information. Research shows that specification writers often spend time doing work that has already been done well by others. To address this problem, it was necessary to accomplish the following: 1. Conduct a literature search to determine the methods utilized for specification sharing. 2. Survey the attitudes of public purchasing managers in the Pacific Northwest to help determine how best to share specification information. 3 Develop and field test a Purchasing Specification Information Sharing Model utilizing purchasing administrators in the thirteen Oregon Community Colleges. The findings were: (1) Officials were divided as to their opinions whether specification sharing had enabled them to identify and develop more meaningful specifications for the acquisition of goods and services. (2) There was generally a willingness to pay postage costs involved in updating and maintaining a specification sharing effort between community colleges. (3) There was not a consensus concerning whether the listing should be restructured to identify specifications required. (4) The majority of the respondents indicated that a rotation among the community colleges of the Oregon Community College Association should take the lead in continuing the specification sharing efforts. The research documented a need for information exchange and tested a model for possible specification sharing.
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