Purchasing's Strategic Relevance

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Recently Ramsay (Eur. J. Purchasing Supply Manage. 7 (4) (2001) 257) applied the resource-based view of the firm (RBV) to argue that purchasing is a largely irrelevant activity from a strategic management point of view. In this paper it is argued to the contrary since there is a wider theoretical base underlying strategic management, more recent developments in the RBV suggest that purchasing is indeed a strategic activity, and much empirical evidence demonstrates that purchasing and supply management contribute to sustainable competitive advantage. A systematic set of criteria is then put forward, which helps purchasing management researchers to assess whether studied phenomena have strategic impact.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Purchasing & Supply Management
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)43-50
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Purchasing and Sustainable Competitive Advantage
  • Resource-based View
  • Sourcing Strategy

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