Organizing for Outsourcing: The Case of Purchasing & Supply Management

Lydia Bals, Virpi Turkulainen

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    Outsourcing was and remains a prevalent business practice. Although it has been studied from many angles, the impact of organizational design on outsourcing is not yet well understood. By presenting a multi-year case study from 2010 to 2013 at a global chemical and pharmaceutical company, we elaborate on organizational design implications for outsourcing. Specifically, we take the case of the Purchasing & Supply Management (PSM) function to illustrate how an activity-based design can facilitate outsourcing. Simultaneously, this study suggests that bringing such considerations forward could be another cornerstone in further development of PSM as a strategic function.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2016
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event25th Annual IPSERA Conference: Purchasing & Supply Management – From Efficiency to Effectiveness in an Integrated Supply Chain Managemen - The Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, TU Dortmund University, Dortmund, Germany
    Duration: 20 Mar 201623 Mar 2016
    Conference number: 25


    Conference25th Annual IPSERA Conference
    LocationThe Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML, TU Dortmund University
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    • Global In-/Out- and Backsourcing Issues
    • Purchasing organisation
    • Skills and competences

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