Art and Science of Procurement Education: Using Ancient Greek Philosophy to Drive Future Procurement Skills

Klaas Stek, Andreas Wieland

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This era of information technology shows that character traits, virtues or intrapersonal skills form the distinction between humans and machines. In the ancient Greek philosophy hides a possible solutions for the future challenges that procurement is facing. Nowadays, higher education mostly focuses on knowledge and skills, whereas the ancient Greek educators also trained virtues. For this research an experiment was performed in a Master’s course in which also inter- and intrapersonal skills were trained. Students were surveyed on thirty soft skills before and after the course. Within a short period skills levels of seventeen inter- and intrapersonal skills increased significantly.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts : IPSERA Milan 2019: Art and Science of Proceurement
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationDortmund
PublisherInternational Purchasing & Supply Education & Research Association (IPSERA)
Publication date2019
Article numberWP 104
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event28th Annual IPSERA Conference: Art and Science of Procurement - Milan, Italy
Duration: 14 Apr 201917 Apr 2019
Conference number: 28


Conference28th Annual IPSERA Conference
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  • Intrapersonal traits
  • Future education
  • Greek philosophy

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