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

Heike Schulze, Lydia Bals*

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This research is about a Delphi study that was conducted in the context of the development of a competence model for sustainable purchasing and supply management (SPSM). Based on the findings of a systematic literature review (SLR), it addresses the research gap in this area with the aim to foster the integration of sustainability in purchasing and supply management (PSM) in higher education and in professional training approaches for PSM professionals. The qualitative study was conducted with 16 Delphi experts in the field of PSM and sustainability, applying the critical incident technique (CIT). Together with the findings of the SLR, it led to a specific set of SPSM competences. The theoretical background is based on PSM research, educational sciences and organizational psychology.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100625
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number4
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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Published online: 12. May


  • Competences
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Sustainability
  • Delphi
  • Critical Incident Technique

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