Mind the Gap: Identifying Skill Gaps in Purchasing and Supply Management

Vincent Delke*, Holger Schiele, Wolfgang Buchholz

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    Nowadays, the human-centric discipline of purchasing and supply management (PSM) is of strategic importance for firms’ success. Within the discipline, scholars address PSM professionals’ skills and provide practitioners with academic insights. Due to changes in the industry environment, changes in the working environment and the task of purchasing professionals are assumed. This paper aims to contribute to the PSM professional skills literature by defining current PSM professionals’ skill gaps as the difference between the acquired skill level and perceived skill importance. Findings show that current PSM professionals feel to be underqualified to abstract the full potential of professional relationships, as buyer-supplier relationships, due to current PSM professionals’ skill gaps.
    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 pages11
    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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