Developing a Human Resources Development Model for Lifelong Learning in Purchasing and Supply Management

Vincent Delke*, Jordy te Raa

*Corresponding author for this work

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Within the purchasing and supply management (PSM) domain, organisational performance is determined by the competencies of purchasing professionals. Recent publications addressed the skills needed by professionals to meet purchasing objectives and manage the challenges of increasing digitalisation. However, limited research is available on how these skills are taught, especially how the current workforce is trained. Therefore, a lifelong learning model is needed within PSM. A human resource development model for lifelong learning is developed within this research based on a multiple case study involving 14 expert interviews and desk research. Further, various education and training methods have been identified. Thus, this research provides a systematic approach to increasing purchasing maturity by using specific purchasing roles, allocating responsibilities and skillsets, and identifying suitable education methods.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2022
EventIPSERA 2022: Building Bridges - Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden
Duration: 10 Apr 202213 Apr 2022
Conference number: 31


ConferenceIPSERA 2022
Abbreviated titleIPSERA
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  • Competencies
  • human resources
  • Purchasing
  • Supply management
  • Lifelong learning

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