Bad Buying

Bad Buying How Organisations Waste Billions Through Failures, Frauds and F**k-Ups

Paperback (08 Oct 2020) | English

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Synopsis

"A fascinating litany of the mistakes that can happen when buyers get it wrong" - Luke Johnson, The Sunday Times

"Packed full with amazing examples' Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

"Colossal, costly disasters could be averted if those holding the purse strings read this book. - The Times

In this hilarious, fascinating and insightful expose, industry insider Peter Smith reveals the massive blunders and dodgy dealings taking place around the world as private companies and public sector bodies buy goods and services. A recent report showed that over 90% of procurement projects fail. So, why are so many billions wasted on ineptitude, mismanagement and, in some cases, fraud?

By turns an entertaining account of some of the worst procurement scams in history and also a resounding lesson in how not to operate, Bad Buying offers clear and practical advice on how to avoid embarrassing mistakes, minimise needless waste and make sound, strategic procurement decisions on your next initiative.

'Had this been published pre-Covid, some of the recent f*ck-ups and waste might have been avoided. It's a must read for the public and private sector alike' Lt-Gen. Sir Andrew Gregory, SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity

'Hilarious, enlightening and brilliant....This book will make you think twice about buying anything - but do buy this' Antonio Weiss, bestselling author of 101 Business Ideas That Will Change the Way you Work, and Director, The PSC

About the Publisher

Penguin Business

Penguin Business

The first ten paperback Penguin books appeared in 1935 costing 6d each (the price of a packet of cigarettes). Since then the Penguin list has developed enormously, but still aims to bring the best writing to the widest possible audience. Penguin Paperbacks now range from Booker Prize-winning contemporary authors, to mass market bestsellers, with successful history, biography and general non-fiction as well.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241434598
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Business
Pub date:
DEWEY: 658.4058
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6006
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 408g
Height: 162mm
Width: 232mm
Spine width: 28mm