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The paper focuses on the value creating role of purchasing and studies it through the purchasing maturity model. Generally, it is assumed that operating on a higher maturity level requires more skills and knowledge from the purchasing staff. In the past literature many conceptual maturity models have been suggested; however, the empirical studies matching capabilities related supplier relationship management with the maturity models of purchasing are only few. The aim of the paper is to find out how the value creating role of purchasing is linked with supplier relationship management. A case study is presented indicating that the value creation role of purchasing highly depends on the future insights of the company management.
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