In general the Purchasing Management course aims to provide detailed, contemporary knowledge on the strategic and enabling processes in the purchasing management domain of organizations. In addition, it intends to develop skills to apply the course concepts in practical settings.|
After completing this course the students are able to:
- understand and assess the impact of purchasing management on the competitiveness of organizations;
- asses the applicability of important methods, techniques and instruments developed to support sub-processes in the purchasing domain like, specifically in relation to (performance-based) contracting, supplier relationship management, and corporate social responsibility;
- provide a critical, academic reflection (both orally and on paper) on relevant purchasing issues based on the concepts discussed in this course;
- analyse relevant purchasing topics for companies by using insights from contemporary literature.
Please note that this course is only open to SCM students. It is not possible to use this course as an elective for other programs.
The area of Purchasing Management has been receiving increasing attention in the last decade. Organizations have started to realize that substantial performance improvements can be achieved by improving purchasing processes and practices. Scholars have developed a growing number of techniques and tools to support practitioners in their ongoing efforts to upgrade purchasing competencies and expertise.|
In addition to providing an understanding of purchasing management in general, this course is organized around three themes which correspond to the research interests/ areas of expertise of the lecturers. As such, this course is characterized by a strong link between teaching and research that is currently being undertaken within the department. Key purchasing management issues like strategic sourcing, outsourcing, developing and managing supplier relationships, and buyer-supplier collaboration will be discussed in relation to these themes. Examples will be provided on how the purchasing function can contribute improvements in specific business settings.
Type of instructions
Interactive lectures and tutorials
Type of exams
Written exam (60%) and assignments (40%)