"International Purchasing Survey II"

Welcome to the International Purchasing Survey

IPS: What is the effect of purchasing on the bottom line?

The view that purchasing is not merely an operative, but rather a strategic function is well established. The purchasing function is therefore not only responsible for price reductions, but is also characterized by an explicit strategic focus that enables corporations to develop long term sustainable competitive advantages. Accordingly it is of the highest interest to determine out how companies define their purchasing strategies, how purchasing activities are carried out, what skills and capabilities are present in purchasing departments and what resulting effects on performance can be witnessed

Answering this questionnaire will require approximately 40 minutes. Note: Your data will be handled anonymously and no other party will receive access to single answers.

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Contact details:

Lehrstuhl für Materialwirtschaft und Distribution
Prof. Dr. Michael Eßig
Dr. Andreas Glas und Karl Grajczyk MSc.
W.-Heisenberg-Weg 39
85577 Neubiberg

Who is IPS?

The International Purchasing Survey (IPS) project is a research initiative of academic researchers in Purchasing and Supply Management from 10 different countries. Currently, the following institutes are involved: Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universität der Bundeswehr München (Germany), Linköpings Universitet, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, and Högskolan i Gävle (Sweden), Aalto University School of Economics (Finland), EADA Business School (Spain), Bowling Green State University and Georgia Southern University (United States of America), Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada), University of Melbourne (Australia), Audencia, Nantes(France), and University College Dublin (Ireland).