The Role of Explicit and Tacit Knowledge in Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) Today and in Future

Lydia Bals, Steve Kelly, Heike Schulze , Klaas Stek

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    While research has shed considerable light on the organizational-level maturity of PSM organizations, the individual competencies of PSM, especially in light of current developments in the workplace such as digitization, have received relatively less attention. Firstly, this paper identifies the necessary competencies required by PSM practitioners, both currently and in the future. Secondly, it adopts a Knowledge-Based View (KBV), differentiating PSM competencies as either explicit (‘know-what’ and codifiable) or tacit (‘know-how’ and difficult to articulate). Methodologically, it engages in theory-elaboration, basing itself on KBV and following a case study approach with 16 companies and a total of 46 interviewees.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2017
    Number of pages11
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Event26th Annual IPSERA Conference: Coping with the Future: Picking your Battles - Anna Grand Hotel, Budapest, Hungary
    Duration: 9 Apr 201712 Apr 2017
    Conference number: 26


    Conference26th Annual IPSERA Conference
    LocationAnna Grand Hotel
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    • Purchasing and supply management
    • Competencies
    • Knowledge-based view

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