Strategic purchasing and innovation : a relational view

C. Castaldi, C. Kate, ten, R. Braber, den

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The purchasing function of large firms has slowly evolved from the operational task of ordering products and services towards a strategic part of business. However, the full implications of strategic purchasing for firm innovation have yet to be explored. The contribution of this study is two-fold. First, we develop a relational view of strategic purchasing embracing both the quality of the purchasing function and the properties of its internal and external relations. Second, based on exploratory empirical analysis, we propose four patterns of the link between strategic purchasing and innovation. We find that strategic purchasing is an enabling, but not necessary, condition for a contribution of purchasing to innovation, which in turn mostly relates to the relational resources of purchasing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)983-1000
Number of pages18
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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