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Tracing the evolution of purchasing research : future trends and directions for purchasing practices.

Mogre, R. and Lindgreen, A. and Hingley, M. (2017) 'Tracing the evolution of purchasing research : future trends and directions for purchasing practices.', Journal of business and industrial marketing., 32 (2). pp. 251-257.


Purpose This conceptual article details the evolution of purchasing research, and describes the increasing integration of purchasing with other strategic functions, in order to identify key trends in purchasing practices, together with their implications for purchasing research. Design/methodology/approach This study takes a conceptual approach and reviews prior literature to describe the field and predict future developments. Findings Purchasing is increasingly integrated with different business functions, such as strategy, marketing, decision making and supply chain management. Key real-world trends include sustainable and ethical purchasing, purchasing in the digital economy, supply chain risk management and public sector purchasing. These trends suggest both avenues for further research and specific methodologies to pursue them. Originality/value By providing a comprehensive overview of the trends in purchasing practice and research, this study offers unique insights, especially for researchers who seek to continue expanding the field.

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Date accepted:05 January 2016
Date deposited:18 January 2016
Date of first online publication:06 March 2017
Date first made open access:06 March 2017

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