Defining Industry 4.0 skills in purchasing and supply management

Vincent Delke, Holger Schiele, Wolfgang Buchholz, Klaas Stek

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To increase maturity within purchasing and supply management (PSM), future purchasing skills are needed based on the technological development towards Industry 4.0. Past research, e.g., the work of Bals, Schulze, Kelly, and Stek (2019), started to address this issue based on literature review and interview studies. However, a detailed description of these skills is missing. Utilizing a real-time Delhi study with 45 experts within the PSM field, nine future purchasing skills have been elaborated. Identified skills connect to the maturing and emerging technologies within purchasing and provide a guideline towards Industry 4.0 in purchasing based on a human-centric perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2021
Event28th EurOMA conference: Managing the “new normal”: The future of Operations and Supply Chain Management in unprecedented times - Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 Jul 20217 Jul 2021
Conference number: 28


Conference28th EurOMA conference
Abbreviated titleEurOMA2021
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  • skills
  • purchasing and supply management
  • Industry 4.0


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