University of Twente Student Theses


Developing a strategic sourcing approach for the Accell Group N.V.

Schimpke, Alexander (2017) Developing a strategic sourcing approach for the Accell Group N.V.

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Abstract:This research project focuses on the theoretical development and the practical implementation of a strategic sourcing approach. Starting with an extensive literature review, forming the basis, a step-by-step approach is developed for the Accell Group N. V. to derive strategic actions based on the commodity evaluated. In the first step of the analysis, the commodity is analysed towards its financial importance and its risk of supply. In a second step, the buyer-supplier power relationship is included to create a more extensive overview of the sourcing situation at hand. The practical implementation is carried out by three pre-identified case studies. The commodities used in the cases were evaluated beforehand by the product managers and the procurement team. From their perspective, expectations for the outcome were derived, which were compared to the actual outcome afterwards. The result of the analyse elucidates not only the complexity of the sourcing process, but clarifies the need for the procurement teams to facilitate discussions among peers to reach conclusive and accurate decisions. From an academic point of view, this thesis, underlines the value of commodity management for strategic sourcing decisions and its applicability for a company. Additionally, it verifies the applicability of the theory in a practical situation, by defining and testing certain value drivers taken from theoretical.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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