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Future purchasing roles and skills influenced by Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry: A case study

Marton, Fruzsina (2023) Future purchasing roles and skills influenced by Industry 4.0 in the automotive industry: A case study.

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Abstract:Due to the rapidly emerging Industry 4.0 technologies, regular operational norms of purchasing are expected to be reshaped, including future roles and skills in the automotive industry. This research aims to investigate the impact of Industry 4.0 on the required roles and skillsets crucial for the future procurement department within this sector. Although different studies underline the significance of these forthcoming roles and skills, they fall short in offering a concrete plan for seamlessly integrating them into the organisational structure of businesses within the automotive sector. To address this research gap, 12 interviews have been conducted with different purchasing and supply chain management (PSM) professionals as part of a focused case study. The insights gathered from these discussions and literature reviews provide valuable guidance on how to strategically integrate future- oriented purchasing roles and skills into the organizational structure of companies operating in the automotive industry. By tackling the perspectives shared during these interviews, organizations can effectively chart a course toward the assimilation of advanced procurement roles and essential skillsets. In essence, this study not only explores the evolving technologies of Industry 4.0 but also intends to lay the foundation for shaping the future procurement organisation within the automotive industry.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
KOSTAL, Lüdenscheid, Germany
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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