Jan Telgen

Jan Telgen, received an M.Sc. in Econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Ph.D. in Economics from the same University in 1979.
He has over 30 years of consulting experience. Following a period as head of an internal consulting group of Rabobank Nederland, the country’s largest retail bank, he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers (through its predecessors) as a partner in 1985. He headed their consulting groups in Operations Management, Quantitative analysis and Procurement. Over the years he has been involved in a multitude of research and consultancy assignments for a variety of Dutch and international firms and public organisations.
In 2003 the 50 people consulting team he headed split off into Significant, a consulting group specializing in Public Procurement and policy analysis. Jan Telgen was partner and CEO of Significant from its inception until he sold his shares in 2009.
Jan also has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research on Public Procurement. From 1987 onwards he combined his consulting work with a part time chaired professorship in Applied Operations Research and Public Procurement at the University of Twente. His research focuses on the efficient use of public procurement methods to be both effective and to achieve policy goals. Topics that he published on include the optimal number of bidders, public provision of social services, procurement control, horizontal cooperative procurement and supplier selection mechanisms.
He was one of the originators of both the International Research Study on Public Procurement (IRSPP) and the International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC). His work in Procurement has been awarded the 1997 IFPMM Maple Leaf Award (best paper in Purchasing) and the 2010 IFPSM Hans Ovelgonne Award (career achievement in Purchasing research). He plays an active role in further developing the Public Procurement discipline.
Jan combines his professorship with research and consulting work on professionalizing public procurement organizations, working with such diverse organizations as municipalities, local and national governments, health care organizations and the United Nations.
He is coordinator (with Elisabetta Manunza) and managing director of the Public Procurement Research Centre PPRC a joint effort of the university of Twente and the University of Utrecht in research on Public Procurement.
He is a board member of the International Trade Centre (ITC) Supply Chain Management program, Intrakoop (€ 800 million cooperative procurement for health care organizations), CPS (education consulting), Pallas (new Dutch nuclear research reactor) and various local and charity organizations.
For the Dutch government he is on the Tenderboard of the National Police, the central Government ICT purchasing and primary and secondary school purchasing. He chairs the government review committee on Small Business Innovation regulations and is chairman of both the expert group on Purchasing Management and the expert group on Social domain purchasing for PIANOo (Dutch national government).
(Highest) Education and awards
1975 Doctorandus degree in Econometrics (Operations Research) at Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979 Doctor’s degree in Economics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979 NATO Science Fellowship from the Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research (ZWO)
1987 NSERC (Canada) Distinguished Professor
1996 FPMM Maple Leaf Award (best paper in Purchasing)
2009 ROA Impact Award (joint project with Nadja Jungman)
2010 IFPSM Hans Ovelgonne Award (life time achievements in Purchasing research)
2011 JPSM Best paper award (with Fredo Schotanus and Luitzen de Boer)
2013 UT Best Teaching award in Business Administration and Public Administration
Career
1976-1979 Assistant Professor of Management Science, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
1979-1980 Visiting Professor, Management Science Program College of Business Administration, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
1980 Visiting Professor, School of Management, State University of New York, Buffalo, USA
1980-1981 Research Associate, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
1981-1985 Senior Consultant and Head, Department of Applied Mathematics, Rabobank Nederland, Zeist
1985-2002 Partner in charge of the Operations Research and Purchasing Management division, Coopers & Lybrand, PwC Consulting, IBM Business Consulting Services
1987-1994 (part-time) Professor of Management Science, Twente University, Enschede
2003-2009 Founder and managing partner, Significant, Barneveld
1994-present Managing director Public Procurement Research Centre (PPRC), a non-profit cooperation between the Twente University and the University of Utrecht
2011-present Chaired Professor of Public Procurement, Twente University, Enschede
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