Identifying Future Skills Requirements: Differentiating between Direct and Indirect Materials Purchasers

Vincent F. Delke*, Holger Schiele, Wolfgang Buchholz

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    Global development is powering ahead toward Industry 4.0, the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution. Cyber-physical systems connect the physical and digital world, making demand identification possible without the need for direct human intervention. Moreover, Artificial Intelligence is actively supporting various aspects of operational and strategic purchasing. The new purchasing environment is compelling purchasing professionals to learn new skills. Research is presently needed to identify appropriate skill sets. Based on a World Café of 82 purchasing professionals, this study compiles a list of 32 essential future skills in purchasing. Furthermore, the skills identified are ranked and assigned to the role of either direct material purchaser or indirect material purchaser.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIPSERA 2020 conference proceedings
    Place of Publication Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
    PublisherInternational Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA)
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2020
    Event30th Annual IPSERA Conference 2021: Purchasing Innovation and Crisis Management - Online Event, Knoxville, United States
    Duration: 29 Mar 20211 Apr 2021
    Conference number: 30


    Conference30th Annual IPSERA Conference 2021
    Abbreviated titleIPSERA 2021
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
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