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Course module: 390961-M-6
Purchasing Management
Course info
Course module390961-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Supply Chain Management
Contact W. van der Valk
prof. dr. X. Ou
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Coordinator course W. van der Valk
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Lecturer W. van der Valk
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Lecturer G.C.J.M. Vos
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Academic year2018
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 10/01/2019 up to and including 31/07/2019
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%)
Timetable information
390961-M-6|Purchasing Management (Spring)
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk 60% / Written 60%EXAM_01BLOK 3128-03-2019
Required materials
The Course Manual lists the papers that will be used in the majority of the classes. Please note that this list of references is provisional; as the course proceeds, some articles may be added to or exchanged with articles on the list!
The Course Manual is the starting point for this course. Please read it very carefully!
Recommended materials
This leading textbook in the purchasing and supply management domain is mandatory reading.
Title:Purchasing and Supply Chain Management
Author:A.J. van Weele
Publisher:Cengage; London
Assignment 20%

Assignment 20%

Written 60%

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