Climate Setting in Sourcing Teams: Developing a Measurement Scale for Team Creativity Climate

Nadine Kiratli*, Frank Rozemeijer, Tim Hilken, Ko de Ruyter, Ad de Jong

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Creative sourcing strategies, designed to extract more value from the supply base, have become a competitive, strategic differentiator. To fuel creativity, companies install sourcing teams that can capitalize on the specialized knowledge and expertise of their employees across the company. This article introduces the concept of a team creativity climate (TCC) - team members' shared perceptions of their joint policies, procedures, and practices with respect to developing creative sourcing strategies – as a means to address the unique challenges associated with a collective, cross-functional approach to develop value-enhancing sourcing strategies. Using a systematic scale development process that validates the proposed concept, the authors confirm its ability to predict sourcing team performance, and suggest some research avenues extending from this concept.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)196-204
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Sourcing teams
  • Creativity
  • Work-unit climate
  • Scale development

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