International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1, Winter

Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Purchasing Organizations
While there is general agreement that the purchasing function can make a substantial contribution to the overall competitive position of the firm, organizational issues in the supply function will influence how and where contributions are made.[1] As...
Proactive Supply Management: The Management of Risk
INTRODUCTION In this area of quickly changing corporate environments, purchasing managers are encouraged to be proactive. Spekman and Hill[1] stated that purchasing managers need to develop a more proactive strategic approach, and Rajagopal and Bernard[2]...
Supply-Based Strategies, Human Resource Initiatives, Procurement Leadtime, and Firm Performance
INTRODUCTION Time-based strategies have been widely employed to achieve a variety of time-based performance goals. Such goals have typically included reductions in leadtimes for product development, product launch, manufacturing, and delivery.[1] For...
The Potential of Intelligent Software Agents in the World Wide Web in Automating Part Procurement
INTRODUCTION The World Wide Web (WWW), the global computer network of information databases, has experienced phenomenal growth in both the amount of information available and the total number of users accessing that information.[1] It is rapidly becoming...
Trust and Relationship Commitment in Logistics Alliances: A Buyer Perspective
Firms are trader increasing pressure to reevaluate logistics outsourcing decisions. To remain competitive, many firms are focusing on their core business and reducing costs by restructuring organizations to become lean and efficient. Simultaneously,...
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