You’ll Never Walk Alone: Why We Need a Supply Chain Practice View on Digital Procurement

58 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019

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Tobias Kosmol

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Felix Reimann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Lutz Kaufmann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Date Written: June 20, 2019

Abstract

This paper conceptualizes digital procurement readiness as a dyadic construct and introduces the supply chain practice view (SCPV) as a theoretical lens that can help guide future research on digital procurement. We build on a literature review and on dyadic, explanatory case studies to provide a nuanced understanding of how the digital readiness of supply chain partners — on both sides of the dyad — needs to co-evolve for the implementation of digital procurement practices. Specifically, we outline how the SCPV can serve as both a holistic and a supply chain-specific framework for future research on the following: 1) the antecedents that help explain why supply chain partners adopt inter-organizational digital procurement practices, and 2) the relational performance outcomes derived from their use. For managers, this study implies the need to explicitly consider interactions with and influences of supply chain partners in their quest to rapidly and effectively digitalize procurement.

Keywords: digital procurement, supply chain practice view, digital readiness, technology adoption

JEL Classification: M19

Suggested Citation

Kosmol, Tobias and Reimann, Felix and Kaufmann, Lutz, You’ll Never Walk Alone: Why We Need a Supply Chain Practice View on Digital Procurement (June 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3423299 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3423299

Tobias Kosmol

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Felix Reimann

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Lutz Kaufmann (Contact Author)

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

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