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Designing a Framework for Sustainable Supplier Selection for Different Purchasing Product Groups

Korf, M.S. (2023) Designing a Framework for Sustainable Supplier Selection for Different Purchasing Product Groups.

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Abstract:This thesis aims at filling a current research gap in the field of sustainable purchasing. Namely, the goal is to provide guidance on which sustainability criteria (Triple Bottom Line) can be used for selecting suppliers of products that require unique purchasing strategies based on the level of profit impact and risk (Kraljic Matrix). A sustainability framework was designed based on the results from a systematic literature review and other relevant studies. The framework was validated by using a survey questionnaire that was distributed to purchasing and sustainability practitioners. Some of the findings are as follows: • There is a significant difference between the sustainability criteria that are relevant for different product groups; • There are significantly fewer criteria that the respondents considered as relevant for Non-critical items than for Strategic and Leverage items, especially criteria related to the business capabilities and infrastructure of the suppliers The research presented in this thesis also has several limitations and potential for future work, the most important of which is the small sample of responses collected for the survey. To continue the current work, and ensure the generalisability of the framework, it is recommended to focus on gathering more responses and conduct more advanced statistical analyses.
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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