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Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590
Currently published as: European Journal of Training and Development

Online from: 1977

Subject Area: Learning and Development

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The purchasing function as a professional service firm: implications for training and development


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Title:The purchasing function as a professional service firm: implications for training and development
Author(s):Paul Humphreys, (Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong), Ronan McIvor, (School of Management, University of Ulster, Newtown Abbey, Northern Ireland), Eddie McAleer, (School of Management, University of Ulster, Newtown Abbey, Northern Ireland)
Citation:Paul Humphreys, Ronan McIvor, Eddie McAleer, (1998) "The purchasing function as a professional service firm: implications for training and development", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 22 Iss: 1, pp.3 - 11
Keywords:Aircraft industry, Cellular manufacturing, Models, Purchasing, United Kingdom
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03090599810197630 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Purchasing has undergone significant changes in many organizations and has moved from a reactive activity to a strategic one, contributing to a firm’s competitive success. The skills and competencies required by professionals in the past are not the same as those required today. This article charts the development of the purchasing function within a multinational aerospace company as a result of introducing major structural changes. Maister’s Professional Service Firm model is then applied in an operational manner to outline the changing roles and responsibilities of the procurement function and to identify potential areas for training and development. It is proposed that this framework not only illustrates how planning and organizing issues can be addressed using the concepts developed by Maister, but also provides an illustration of how one model propounded by management educators can provide a foundation for enhancing organizational performance.



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