Increasingly, purchasing managers are finding that they are gatekeepers of valuable information for which adequate security must be provided. As relationships between purchasers and suppliers become increasingly interdependent through partnering arrangements, the need to document and provide adequate security increases. The authors believe that with recent trends in supplier relations, purchasing managers must take a proactive approach to provide for the safety of their firms' proprietary information. The trade secrets problem facing managers is explored, and a suggested program for reducing the risks of information misappropriation is presented.
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