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Why Firms should not pursue the same purchasing competitive priorities
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Industrial Management. Technical University of Madrid UPM.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2070-3075
2012 (English)In: / [ed] Martin Christopher, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many companies, when buying, use the same competitive priorities regardless of the category of the product being purchased. This purchasing practice creates misalignment between the purchasing and business strategies of a firm. The main aim of this paper is to theoretically explain why firms should not pursue the same competitive priorities for all purchased product categories. By analyzing most relevant literature and research findings published in peer-reviewed journals, this paper argues that strategic alignment between the purchasing competitive priorities and overall business strategy is of higher priority when buying strategic items than other categories. This research contributes to the field by introducing a conceptual framework that provides a further dimension to the strategic alignment concept. The framework aims to introduce the concept ‘strategic supply relatedness’.

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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Industrial Engineering and Management
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144330OAI: diva2:713092
5th European Forum on Market-Driven Supply Chain, Brussels, Belgium.

QC 20150210

Available from: 2014-04-20 Created: 2014-04-20 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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