Designing decision strategies for purchasing. Results from an experimental study

L. de Boer

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    This paper is concerned with deciding on how and when to make purchasing decisions. Such a strategy for decision making, (in short: a decision strategy), is often only made unconsciously and/or lacks sufficient differentiation. In other words: purchasers take many decisions as they come, rely strictly on experience and common sense for solving them and often only have very general procedures and checklists available for guidance. While this may be an appropriate strategy in certain situations, we argue that in many other instances other (more explicit, conscious and proactive) strategies should be pursued. We discuss the development and empirical testing of a meta-model approach which enables purchasers to design appropriate decision strategies for the various different purchasing situations relevant to their organisations. The objective of the research described in this paper is to deliver: (1) useful decision models for supporting purchasing decisions and (2) a meta-model approach that should make it possible to link different purchasing situations to adequate and useful decision models.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationSupply strategies: concepts and practice at the leading edge. Proceedings of the 7th Annual IPSERA Conference, April 1998, London, UK
    EditorsR.C. Lamming
    Place of PublicationLondon/Bath
    Publication statusPublished - 1998
    Event7th Annual IPSERA Conference 1998: Supply strategies: concepts and practice at the leading edge - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 5 Apr 19987 Apr 1998
    Conference number: 7

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    Conference7th Annual IPSERA Conference 1998
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


    • METIS-209787
    • IR-44581

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