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The System Innovation Scout and the Supplier Onboarding Manager: implementing digital systems in purchasing

Emmerich, T.L. (2021) The System Innovation Scout and the Supplier Onboarding Manager: implementing digital systems in purchasing.

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Abstract:The transition towards Industry 4.0 is affecting the purchasing function. Although little research is yet done about how Industry 4.0 will change purchasing, it is wise to prepare future purchasing professionals with future purchasing skills. Delke, Schiele, and Buchholz (2021a, pp. 7-10) have defined seven future purchasing roles and Delke, Schiele, Buchholz, and Stek (2021b, pp. 7-10) have defined future purchasing competencies. This research aims to investigate what competencies the System Innovation Scout and the Supplier Onboarding Manager need to successfully contribute to their purpose, namely implementing digital systems in purchasing. A literature review was performed in order to grasp the context and significance of Industry 4.0 and both the future purchasing roles and competencies. Subsequently, interviews with purchasing professionals were held in order to identify which competencies are perceived as necessary for both roles. The results revealed that for the System Innovation Scout, the necessary competencies are Digital Leadership skills, Strategic Management skills, E-Procurement Technology skills, and Robotic Process Automation skills. For the Supplier Onboarding Manager, the most important skills are Digital Leadership skills and Digital Partnership Management skills. These suggested lists of competencies need to be allocated to the respective roles. Educating and training these competencies will result in higher specialization levels.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
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