Purchasing Maturity of Rijkswaterstaat Process and organization assessment of the purchasing function

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Abstract

Purchase has been quiet a new profession field for Rijkswaterstaat (RWS), since it has introduced the ‘corporate purchasing strategy’. As it had prescribed the market in a detailed way ‘what’ to do for decades, it ‘buys’ its infrastructure assets from the market now. The need to assess this new strategic function of RWS originates from the fact that RWS lacks a tool to measure its purchasing performance. To what level has RWS professionalized its purchasing processes and activities? This question is quiet important since RWS strongly announces to become a professional and leading principal in the road infrastructure section. My research has attempted to give an impression and an initial appraisal about the current purchasing activities of RWS with a measuring model.

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