International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 4, Fall

An Assessment of the Role of Technical and Risk Evaluation Factors in Defense Source Selection Decisions
INTRODUCTION Whenever the federal government conducts an acquisition for supplies or services, it must do so in compliance with the myriad of laws and regulations that control the contracting process. By and large, the regulatory structure aims to ensure...
Effective Cross-Functional Sourcing Teams: Critical Success Factors
INTRODUCTION Within the United States, the organizational model featuring narrow, functional middle managers operating within a rigid, vertical, and functional alignment is rapidly becoming obsolete.[1] Firms can now benefit from an organizational structure...
Just-in-Time: A Case Study of the Grind Behind the Glamour
INTRODUCTION It has now been more than a decade since the active propagation of just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing techniques began in the United States.[1] Yet, in spite of all its stated advantages, not many companies outside Japan can claim to have...
Quality Function Deployment: The Role of Suppliers
INTRODUCTION For the past decade, quality improvement has been the cornerstone of competitiveness for U.S. manufacturing firms. During this period, many suggestions have been offered for improving product quality in U.S firms. These include the implementation...
The Long-Term Strategic Impact of Purchasing Partnerships
The strategic importance of purchasing has emerged clearly in recent years. The recognition of the potential to be gained through communication and cooperation has prompted many firms to move away from an adversarial buyer-seller stance. Instead, efforts...
Values Driving Decisions in Questionable Purchasing Situations
INTRODUCTION During the past two decades, considerable attention has been paid to the ethics of purchasing professionals.[1] A principal finding has been that these professionals continue to be enticed, and in many cases acquiesce, to behavior that...
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