Contribution of purchasing and supply management to ecological innovation

Preuss, Lutz (2007) Contribution of purchasing and supply management to ecological innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management, 11 (4). pp. 515-537. ISSN 1363-9196

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This paper explores the contribution of the purchasing function to ecological innovation in the upstream supply chains of manufacturing companies. In terms of innovation type, purchasing managers reported much more activity on ecological process innovation than on product or organisational innovation. Few purchasing managers initiate ecological innovation in supply themselves, although they can play a range of supporting roles, not least lobbying for internal acceptance of supplier innovations. Among the motives for undertaking such initiatives, cost advantages, corporate reputation, supply chain pressure and legal requirements dominate. While making a significant contribution, the role of purchasing managers in ecological innovation is thus, at the same time, somewhat limited. To an extent, these limitations can be explained by a lag between the technological innovations purchasing managers can induce in their supply chains and a lack in organisational innovation in the rules and practices that govern their own work.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Purchasing, Supply management, Ecological innovation, Greening, Organisational lag
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 11:16
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