Title: The perceived value of public procurement and contract management certification

Authors: Sawsan Abutabenjeh; Vidanelage L. Dayarathna; Raed Jaradat; Morteza Nagahi; Stephen B. Gordon

Addresses: Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University, P.O. Box PC, MS 39762, USA ' Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, 479-2 Hardy Road, 260 McCain Hall, Box 9542, USA ' Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, 479-2 Hardy Road, 260 McCain Hall, Box 9542, USA ' Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, Mississippi State University, 479-2 Hardy Road, 260 McCain Hall, Box 9542, USA ' City of Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to gain insight into how public procurement and contract management (PPCM) officials perceive the value of professional certification in their field. A survey instrument was sent to PPCM officials who are members of PPCM professional associations. Responses to the survey were received from 1809 PPCM officials and included both managers and non-managers. Officials were asked to provide their perceptions of the intrinsic and extrinsic values of certification, their perceptions of the value of certification to PPCM as a profession, and their perceptions of the value of certification to the organisations/agencies that employ PPCM practitioners. The results indicate that compared to uncertified PPCM respondents, certified PPCM respondents have higher intrinsic and extrinsic motivation to seek certification and view certification as more valuable to the profession and the organisation.

Keywords: public management; contract; public procurement; certification; perceived value; managers; public officials; intrinsic value; extrinsic value.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2021.112375

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2021 Vol.14 No.1, pp.62 - 92

Received: 06 Jun 2019
Accepted: 28 Sep 2019

Published online: 29 Dec 2020 *

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