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International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Online from: 1990

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Purchasing's Role in Supply Chain Management

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Title:Purchasing's Role in Supply Chain Management
Author(s):Larry C. Giunipero, (Florida State University), Richard R. Brand, (Florida State University)
Citation:Larry C. Giunipero, Richard R. Brand, (1996) "Purchasing's Role in Supply Chain Management", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 7 Iss: 1, pp.29 - 38
Keywords:Logistics, Partnering, Purchasing, Supply-chain management
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09574099610805412 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:The concept and importance of supply chain management (SCM) has been introduced and described at length in the literature. Several mostly conceptual definitions of SCM were found. To classify these multiple definitions and extend SCM to include a process orientation a conceptual model of SCM evolution was developed. This research proposes that SCM is an evolving concept with individual firms at different stages in their adoption of the concept. In its most advanced form SCM is not a subset of logistics but is a broad strategy which cuts across business processes both within the firm and through the channels required to reach the customer and involves the firm's suppliers. Thus SCM as a concept is organization-wide; not logistics-specific. An exploratory study of purchasing professionals was performed and it was determined that their definitions of SCM focused on developing relations with suppliers including partnerships. SCM provided purchasers multiple benefits including improved supplier coordination. This improved coordination resulted in greater commitment to long-term supplier relations, with a focus on reducing cost to the buying organization.

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