A Theory-Based Perspective on Maturity Models in Purchasing and Supply Management

TitleA Theory-Based Perspective on Maturity Models in Purchasing and Supply Management
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsSchweiger, J
EditorBlecker, T, Kersten, W, Ringle, CM
Title of ProceedingsInnovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Conference LocationHamburg
ISBN Number978-3-8442-9878-9; 978-3-8442-9880-2
ISSN Number978-3-7375-0341-9
Keywordspurchasing development, purchasing excellence, purchasing maturity, research paper

The goal of this contribution is to critically analyze and discuss the published
maturity models in scientific literature and management-oriented models
offered from specialized consulting companies over the last three decades. In
detail, 18 maturity models published from authors with an academic or scientific
background and 14 maturity models offered from consulting firms were
examined. In this research the following main issues that contribute to maturity
in PSM were detected: purchasing controlling and performance management, a
differentiated supplier (relationship) management, ICT (information and
communication technology) support for routine tasks and for decision support,
cross functional trained and skilled employees, clear interfaces and
communication structures within a company and with the most important
suppliers as well as a long-term strategic and goal orientation in purchasing
and supply management (PSM).
Based on these preliminary findings and a clear plan for further examination, a
framework of an ongoing research project will be presented, with the goal to
establish an original purchasing maturity framework that can be adapted
according to a firm’s characteristics and contextual aspects.