International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 1, Winter

Commercial Buying Practices in the Department of Defense: Barriers and Benefits
Even though there have been repeated calls for greater use of commercial purchasing practices in the Department of Defense (DoD), the actual adoption of such practices has been quite limited. This article explores the potential barriers and benefits...
Electronic Data Interchange: Does Its Adoption Change Purchasing Policies and Procedures
INTRODUCTION Electronic data interchange (EDI) needs little introduction today to most of the business community. The basic idea behind EDI is to replace the paper documents associated with routine business transactions--purchase orders, acceptances,...
Forecasting Practices in Purchasing
INTRODUCTION A number of earlier studies have shown that the role of purchasing is expanding in the long-range strategic planning function in most firms. This appears to be attributable, at least in part, to the impact purchasing can have on reducing...
Purchasing's Role in Product Development: The Case for Time-Based Strategies
INTRODUCTION One of the toughest challenges companies face in the 1990s is the time compression of product development. A review of the literature provides more than ample evidence of the existence of economic, strategic, and operational reasons for...
Supply Challenges in Africa
The purchasing and materials managers in the poorer countries in Africa face a complex set of challenges. The full extent of their problems is difficult to grasp for supply professionals in the developed world. Nevertheless, it is clear that some of...
Total Quality Management and Supplier Partnerships: A Case Study
INTRODUCTION In recent years, a growing number of manufacturing firms in North America have established supplier partnerships and supplier development programs.|1~ The partnering concept has received attention for a variety of reasons, not the least...

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