Cooperative Purchasing Micro-Evolutions: A Longitudinal International Study


Schotanus, Fredo and Bakker, Elmer and Walker, Helen and Eßig, Michael (2007) Cooperative Purchasing Micro-Evolutions: A Longitudinal International Study. In: 16th Annual IPSERA Conference - Practice Makes Perfect, 1-4 APRIL 2007, Hilton Bath City, Bath, United Kingdom.

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Abstract:This paper deals with the evolution of relatively young purchasing groups. Although previous research focussed on macro-evolutionary phases of purchasing groups, no attention has yet been paid to the intra-phase developments, the so-called ‘micro-evolutions’. Insight into micro-evolutions is crucial to better understand how purchasing groups (can) develop over time. We conducted three in-depth case studies in different countries and identified five dimensions of micro-evolutions: member relationships, objectives, activities, organisation, and resources. For each dimension, we provide an overview of micro-evolutions to guide purchasing groups in developing the dimension. We conclude that the dimension ‘activities’ is very important and that purchasing groups do not have to develop the dimensions simultaneously.
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Additional information:IPSERA = International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences (BMS)
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