Purchasing and supply management studies the initiation, design, control and evaluation of activities within and between organisations aimed at obtaining goods and services from suppliers. Already during the times of the "Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie", purchasing turned out to be an important function that could provide a substantial contribution to business success. More recently, the significance of purchasing and supply management has only grown, due to the trend towards increased specialisation and vertical disintegration. At the same time, incidents such as the Challenger and Columbia Space Shuttle disasters have demonstrated that effective purchasing and supply management is far from simple. Education and research in this area is thus of great importance.As a management research discipline, purchasing and supply management is fairly young and can be dated back to the mid-1960s. The last 15-20 years, however, a more specialist, distinct field has been developing. In doing research in this field, theories and concepts developed in other areas such as Operations Management and Marketing are highly relevant. The risk, however, of becoming a more distinct research area, is that these neighboring disciplines tend to be disregarded. A multi-disciplinary approach in studying purchasing and supply management could limit such a risk.

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Keywords Purchasing and supply management, development, innovation, new product, outsourcing, supplier relations
JEL Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives (jel O31), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32), Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes (jel O33)
Publisher Erasmus Research Institute of Management
ISBN 978-90-5892-109-3
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/7439
Series ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management
Wynstra, J.Y.F. (2006, February 17). Inkoop, Leveranciers en Innovatie: Van VOC tot Space Shuttle. ERIM Inaugural Address Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/7439