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Business Needs in Procurement and Supply: 4 Paperback – 25 Feb 2013

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply; Current edition (25 Feb. 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 186124228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861242280
  • Product Dimensions: 29 x 20.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,083,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"And oh, the plans they weave; and oh, the sickening greed; slip them into different sleeves, buy both, and feel deceived" - The Smiths, 'Paint a Vulgar Picture.'

If I were the still the mud-caked, hay-scented country boy I was in my teens, I might've approached this product with a bright gleam of hope in the old eyes. But my hair is greying, I can no longer rise from the sofa without saying "Urghmph" in a gravelly grunt, and to quote The Masterplan, I know a dead horse when I see one.

If, like me, you recoiled in horror from the previous publications that Profex foisted upon the public, you may have entertained hopes that things are a bit tighter this time around. A little more synergy with the old syllabus, maybe, or perhaps actual coverage of some of the questions that you're likely to face in the exam. Dash these hopes at once, gentle reader, and run screaming for the hills.

The horror begins on page 5 of the packed in "revision notes." One of the first requirements in the syllabus is to "Identify procurement's role in developing a business case." What do you find in the "distillation of everything you need to know to pass the exams"? 4 pages of everything that comprises a business case. Amongst this vomit-like spurge of vile-smelling information overload, it's hard to imagine that anything could be missing. But, as is to be expected from salesmen, estate agents and politicians - the key facts you actually need to know are conspicuously absent. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about the role procurement plays in any of this.

So what are you supposed to do if you get a question on this - regurgitate the entire section, employing a little penmanship to gloss over the fact that you're not actually mentioning procurement at all?
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