'Live' panel discussion - contract & commercial skills: does the public sector really need them?

Watch this panel session about contract and commercial skills.

This session took place on Tuesday 29 November from 16:00 - 17:00 GMT.

Tim Cummins, CEO IACCM joined by Sally Hughes, COO IACCM, Joshua Reddaway - Director, Cross Government, UK National Audit Office, and Jose Arrieta - Director of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Department of the Treasury, US Government.

Session Details

Today, there is growing demand that public services are of the highest quality, targeted towards individual needs and delivered at low cost. Increasingly, success depends on flexible and collaborative partnerships between the public and the private sectors.

In such an environment, commercial judgment becomes a critical issue and it must be supplemented with the skills needed to design, negotiate and manage contracts. Like every other sector of business, government is not immune to the remarkable changes that are affecting the nature of jobs worldwide.

This program will delve into some of those changes and ways they are impacting the relationships between public and private sector, including insights into the areas where things most often tend to go wrong.

The video conference was streamed live on our YouTube channel

Note: for those of you unable to access YouTube, we will also be uploading the video into this step (which is why there is currently a placeholder image)

Before the event, please submit your questions in the comments on this step. You will be able to send questions and comments during the event by submitting them in the YouTube chat window (if you have a Google account) or using the course hashtag #FLcontracts on Twitter, which we will monitor.

FAQs about the technology

What happens if I can’t watch the live discussion?

Don’t worry! Realtime participation is not a mandatory part of this course, but it is fun and we think you’d get a lot out of it. A recording of the discussion will be available at the same address above after the live event finishes. You can still make a contribution by leaving your question or comments on this step in advance, and we may include some of these in the discussion.

Will watching the live discussion mean I appear on camera?

No, you will just watch the live stream like any other video (though Google users can submit comments via the interface).

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No, you can watch the Hangout without logging in to Google. If you wish to submit comments, please either use the methods above.

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Contract Management: Building Relationships in Business

University of Southampton