How to achieve cost savings and strategic performance in purchasing simultaneously: a knowledge-based view

Schütz, Kai, Kässer, Matthias, Blome, Constantin and Forestl, Kai (2019) How to achieve cost savings and strategic performance in purchasing simultaneously: a knowledge-based view. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. ISSN 1478-4092

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The competitive advantage purchasing provides has been debated for decades. For a novel perspective we derive a theoretical framework grounded in the knowledge-based view in order to examine how purchasing knowledge and purchasing integration impact cost and strategic performance. The derived hypotheses are tested based on extensive secondary data from a large European multinational utility company. The 179 studied ‘purchasing-internal client relationships’ contain real contracted savings data and internal client ratings of purchasing knowledge, purchasing integration and strategic purchasing performance. We show that purchasing knowledge is a major antecedent for both savings and strategic purchasing performance. This effect is further amplified by purchasing integration. With this study, we extend the understanding of the purchasing knowledge–performance link. We conclude that purchasing knowledge becomes particularly valuable when combined with other functions' processes through purchasing integration. This causal chain is also supported through general knowledge-based view theory. Moreover, we provide numerical evidence of the value of knowledge creation and integration processes to purchasing professionals in our managerial implications based on results obtained from actual purchasing savings data.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Management
Depositing User: Joy Blake
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 09:36
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 13:43

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