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The practices of purchasing involvement in radical innovation projects

Tavenier, N.M. (2023) The practices of purchasing involvement in radical innovation projects.

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Abstract:This research aims to explore the purchasing practices in radical innovation projects in the manufacturing industry. Since these practices are relatively unknown, the research calls for an explorative nature. Consequently, 15 semi- structured interviews with purchasers involved in innovation projects in 15 different Dutch and Swedish manufacturing companies were performed. They were asked about their role as purchasers in radical innovation projects with suppliers. The Resource Orchestration Theory (ROT) was used to explain the role of purchasing and a five-stage structure was applied to the innovation projects to give insights into the different purchasing practices per phase. The findings indicate that purchasing involvement in radical innovation projects exists out of two different types of practices: innovation enhancing and traditional. Earlier found ROT purchasing practices like Resource Portfolio Updating, Market Scanning and Resource Integration were confirmed. New additional innovation enhancing practices like Partnerships and Good Fit With Supplier were found. Additionally, traditional practices like Cost Controlling, Supplier Choice and establishing Contracts were found. Furthermore, the purchasing practices performed during radical innovation projects change from innovation enhancing to traditional. Additionally, the purchasing practices found in this research help purchasing professionals in understanding the complete role of purchasers in radical innovation projects with both innovation enhancing and traditional practices, which can be used for function descriptions of project buyer and examples of best practices. Future research could test the purchasing practices quantitatively over a bigger group of respondents and could investigate the barriers withholding other departments of involving purchasing in innovation projects.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Supply Value, Zeist, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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