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First Advisor

Yankow, Henry G.

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

College of Business


Purchasing; Schools--Furniture; equipment; etc


Statement of the Problem: The purpose of this study was to determine the advisability of utilizing cooperative purchasing techniques in the purchase of school supplies. Secondary questions were: (a) Can an efficient and effective system of cooperative purchasing be devised which in applicable to a wide range of items? (b) Can school districts save money by cooperative purchasing? (c) How is the quality and promptness of delivery affected by the cooperative purchasing procedure? (d) what are vendors' attitudes towards cooperative purchasing? Method of the Study: The experimental method was the primary method utilized wherein 17 Chicago suburban school districts in Cook, Lake, DuPage and McHenry counties jointly purchased supplies in the areas of art, duplicating, and general school supplies. Three control districts, which did not purchase cooperatively, were surveyed for price comparisons. The applicability of cooperatively purchasing numerous small items with the aid of electronic data processing methods was evaluated. In addition, review of other cooperative purchasing projects and studies was undertaken. Summary and Principal Findings The 17 school districts ultimately purchased cooperatively 967 different items of supplies costing $116,164.40. Average savings over the control district's sampled prices were 8.03 per cent for an estimated savings of $10,142.40 for all school districts. Savings in time and effort were also reported by the majority of the cooperating school districts. The data processing procedure generally worked well. The widespread location of cooperating school districts was not a major area of concern for either the school districts or the vendors. Split shipment to several delivery points was a matter of slight concern to some vendors, but most vendors who participated did not feel this requirement to be a major obstacle. The cooperating school districts at first called for several slightly different delivery dates, but later all reconciled delivery dates to fit a common schedule. Quality of products was not adversely affected as reported by the majority of school districts.


Includes bibliographical references (pages 86-87)


vi, 122 pages




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