Department of Economics and Business Economics

Purchasing and Innovation: A Capability-Based Analysis

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In this paper we develop a number of hypotheses relating four purchasing capabilities to two measures of purchasings contribution to innovation. The hypotheses are tested with data collected through a websurvey completed by 321 purchasing professionals in Danish production companies. Our results show that integrative, relational, innovative,and intelligence capabilities are positively related to innovation. However, relational capabilities are not found to have significant effect on purchasings contribution to supply and practice innovation, i.e. new markets, new suppliers, and new purchasing practices. The relationship between intelligence capabilities and purchasings contribution to product and production innovations depends on the level of innovation capabilities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
Pages (from-to)494-515
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Research areas

  • Purchasing, Procurement, Innovation, Capabilities, Integrative capabilities, Relational capabilities, Intelligence capabilities

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