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The Purchasing Function - a Catalyzer to Breakthrough Innovation

Manouchi, Meriem LU and Landgren, Hanna (2012) In ISRN LUTVDG/TVTM--12/5232--/SE FEKP02 20121
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Issue of Study: Today purchasing plays an important role when it comes to innovation and in the future it will be even more important for firms to have well-functioning purchasing departments. As the opportunity to outsource some of the production components’ rise, the pressure on the purchasing department to contribute to innovation will increase. The question is how a procurement department can contribute to a company’s innovation.

Purpose: The aim is to investigate how and to what extent a purchasing department should work to support its company's innovation.

Method: Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with purchasers and innovation employees at eleven case companies. For the frame of reference, academic articles... (More)
Issue of Study: Today purchasing plays an important role when it comes to innovation and in the future it will be even more important for firms to have well-functioning purchasing departments. As the opportunity to outsource some of the production components’ rise, the pressure on the purchasing department to contribute to innovation will increase. The question is how a procurement department can contribute to a company’s innovation.

Purpose: The aim is to investigate how and to what extent a purchasing department should work to support its company's innovation.

Method: Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with purchasers and innovation employees at eleven case companies. For the frame of reference, academic articles and industry journals were studied. Based on both the theoretic and empirical data, a framework was developed.

Conclusions: The study verifies that the procurement department is able to contribute to innovation by adding value which can be used in the innovation procedure. To succeed they need to perform activities with internal and external parties and believe they have a responsibility to contribute. It is also needed to allow the suppliers to take part of companies’ innovations which should be encouraged by the purchasers. (Less)
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author
Manouchi, Meriem LU and Landgren, Hanna
supervisor
organization
course
FEKP02 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Innovation, procurement, innovation-driven procurement, supplier-driven innovation, innovation partner
publication/series
ISRN LUTVDG/TVTM--12/5232--/SE
report number
232/2012
ISSN
1651-0100
language
English
id
3044529
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2014-12-22 10:38:58
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2014-12-22 10:38:58
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  abstract     = {Issue of Study: Today purchasing plays an important role when it comes to innovation and in the future it will be even more important for firms to have well-functioning purchasing departments. As the opportunity to outsource some of the production components’ rise, the pressure on the purchasing department to contribute to innovation will increase. The question is how a procurement department can contribute to a company’s innovation.

Purpose: The aim is to investigate how and to what extent a purchasing department should work to support its company's innovation.

Method: Data was collected through semi-structured interviews with purchasers and innovation employees at eleven case companies. For the frame of reference, academic articles and industry journals were studied. Based on both the theoretic and empirical data, a framework was developed.

Conclusions: The study verifies that the procurement department is able to contribute to innovation by adding value which can be used in the innovation procedure. To succeed they need to perform activities with internal and external parties and believe they have a responsibility to contribute. It is also needed to allow the suppliers to take part of companies’ innovations which should be encouraged by the purchasers.},
  author       = {Manouchi, Meriem and Landgren, Hanna},
  issn         = {1651-0100},
  keyword      = {Innovation,procurement,innovation-driven procurement,supplier-driven innovation,innovation partner},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {ISRN LUTVDG/TVTM--12/5232--/SE},
  title        = {The Purchasing Function - a Catalyzer to Breakthrough Innovation},
  year         = {2012},
}