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Purchasing sector 'favours democratic leadership'

22 December 2011

Staff in the procurement sector favour a consultative and democratic style of management and leadership, according to a new survey.

A poll conducted by Supply Management has revealed that when given the choice between a democratic, autocratic, bureaucratic and laissez-faire management style, 60 per cent of purchasing professionals would opt for the former.

The next most popular choice was a mixture of all four styles based on the situation, which received 35 per cent of the vote, while the remainder of the options received very little support.

Many of those polled also noted that procurement managers have moved from an autocratic to a democratic style in recent times, reflecting the growing important that purchasing plays in business operations.

Chris Graves, head of procurement services at public sector purchasing consortium YPO, said: "The challenge is recognising the situation and applying the correct style at that time."

This comes after a report from Rosslyn Analytics last month revealed that procurement is becoming more important to companies that are seeking to achieve savings.

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