ERIC Number: ED038531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Curriculum for Purchasing.
Pinkerton, Richard L.
The primary objective of this study was to determine the educational needs of persons engaged in purchasing and materials management functions in order to develop a curriculum plan which would adequately prepare personnel for entry and career progression within the field of purchasing. In addition to literature reviews and analyses on the subject, data on such aspects as purchasing functions, job descriptions and classifications, and skills, knowledge, and personal characteristics required of purchasing personnel were obtained through personal interviews with 75 purchasing experts and mail surveys of 15 educators. Findings based on these data indicate that the organizational structure of purchasing education should include (1) a college degree in a broad area of business education, (2) in-plant company training in specific purchasing procedures, policies, negotiation, etc., (3) adult education external to the firm in new techniques and applied management training, and (4) membership in professional societies and associations. Recommendations are given for an undergraduate business school curriculum in purchasing-materials management, in addition to specific suggestions for the national and local National Association for Purchasing Management (NAPA) organizations, practitioners, and educators. (AW)
Descriptors: Business Education, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Curriculum Research, Distributive Education, Educational Needs, Interviews, Purchasing, Questionnaires, Surveys
Bureau of Business Research and Service, University of Wisconsin, 110 Commerce Building, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Association of Purchasing Management, Inc., New York, NY.; National Association of Purchasing Agents, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Bureau of Business Research and Service.