Implications of a classification of forms of cooperative purchasing

Fredo Schotanus, Jan Telgen

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Our main objective is to classify different forms of cooperative purchasing, i.e. purchasing groups. Based on a literature review, empirical findings, and new institutional economics we employ a classification: the highway matrix. In this matrix we distinguish five forms of cooperative purchasing according to the ‘influence by all members on the group activities’ and the ‘number of different group activities’. The classification can serve as a guideline for (potential) purchasing groups when a suitable form needs to be chosen. Managerial implications of a classification include an emphasis on differences in organisational structure and critical factors. Research implications include an emphasis on the importance of using a classification, as different forms of cooperative purchasing imply different models and mechanisms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDealing with Dualities. Proceedings (CD-ROM) of the 21st IMP Conference, 1-3 September 2005, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
EditorsJ.Y.F. Wynstra, K. Dittrich, F.P.H. Jaspers
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherRotterdam School of Management
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9090198369
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005
Event21st IMP Conference 2005: Dealing with Dualities - Rotterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Sep 20053 Sep 2005
Conference number: 21

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PublisherRotterdam School of Management


Conference21st IMP Conference 2005


  • METIS-224626
  • IR-52842


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