Critical Success Factors in Public Procurement of Large Projects

Simon Smith – ANU Centre for European Studies

Thursday 26 June 2014 11.00am – 12.30pm

In the current economic climate, we are confronted with the certainty of significant and sustained budget cuts over the next few years. It is therefore vitally important to make every euro/dollar spent on public infrastructure projects count to the maximum. There is already a wide canon of standards and methodologies available to support the specification, design and governance of large projects . Although certainly necessary, there is a danger of “drowning in paperwork” especially where small or medium projects are concerned. There is also the danger of false confidence if all the procedures are followed to the letter but where the result nonetheless sometimes proves to be unfit for purpose.

In this seminar Simon Smith will present the results of his research into identifying factors that are critical for the successful outcome of a procurement project. He will draw on a comparative review of the applicable legislation in both Europe and Australia, and an analysis of a series of interviews with senior officials and managers involved in procurement at federal, state and private levels.

Simon Smith is the 2014 EU Fellow to Australia. Mr Smith is based at the ANU Centre for European Studies until June 2014. He is the Adviser for Youth and Sport in the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG

EAC) of the European Commission. In this function he was responsible for ensuring the proper governance and smooth roll-out of Information Systems to meet the Youth and Sport requirements for grant management

and dissemination under the Erasmus+ framework (2014-2020). He is also responsible for the technical tender specifications for the procurement of a substantial cloud-based management system for the Central Library of the European Commission (publication foreseen 2015).

After 13 years in the private sector providing business process and software consultancy services to Swiss, Dutch and American clients, Mr Smith joined the European Commission in 1989 and spent the first eleven years of his career in the Directorates-General with responsibility for telecommunications, standardisation, industry, small to medium enterprises and Enterprise.

He transferred to DG EAC in 2000 as head of IT and was latterly the adviser on IT strategy before transferring to his current position.

Venue: ANU Centre for European Studies, 1 Liversidge Street (Bldg 67C), Canberra

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