Implementing Sustainable Purchasing and Supply Management (SPSM): A Delphi Study on Competences Needed by Purchasing and Supply Management Professionals

Heike Schulze, Lydia Bals

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This research is about the development of a competence model for sustainable purchasing and supply management (SPSM) implementation. It addresses the research gap in this area with the aim to foster the integration of sustainability in purchasing and supply management (PSM) higher education and in professional training approaches for PSM professionals. The SPSM competence model is based on the findings of a systematic literature review and a Delphi study with 16 experts in the field of PSM and sustainability, applying the critical incident technique (CIT). The theoretical background is based on different academic disciplines.
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 numberCP 12
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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  • Sustainability competences
  • Purchasing & Supply Management
  • Delphi study
  • Critical incident technique

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