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of estimates or decisions based on the sample is again largely a
matter of personal judgment. "
Therefore, the profiles presented in Tables IV through VII
are developed in an attempt to illustrate that the participants in this
study represent a relatively good cross section of the purchasing
profession. As was pointed out in Chapter I, no claim is made that
the sample taken is statistically representative of the population.
However, the data in the accompanying tables demonstrate that there
is good reason to believe that the eighty participants do, in fact,
represent fairly the membership of the NAPA.
The information concerning the profile of membership of
the NAPA was taken from the most recent report of that organiza-
tion, and the profile of the participants is extrapolated from the
data provided by the individuals concerned.
Table IV indicates that 73. 7 per cent of the participants
were between thirty and forty-nine years old. By comparison,
only 59.5 per cent of the NAPA survey respondents were in this age
range. Purchasing personnel under thirty years of age were twice
as prevalent in the study as they were among the membership. Only
Marshall G. Edwards, op. cit.
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