Purchasing in small firms – past assumptions, current evidence and future research

Bill Morrissey, Louise Knight, F. Rozemeijer (Editor), M. Wetzels, L. Quintens (Editor)

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This paper reviews the literature on purchasing in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), in the context of the wider literature on SMEs. Evidence from these sources is related to insights from exploratory interviews with the owner-managers of 15 small firms, to derive recommendations for further research. Our findings complement those of Ellegaard (2006) but also extend these with specific proposals for the process and settings of future research, notably that the priority is to understand purchasing in small firms (cf medium or micro-firms) firms and research should be ‘small firm-centric’.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event20th Annual IPSERA Conference 2011: Vision 20/20 - Preparing today for tomorrow's challenges - Maastricht, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Apr 201113 Apr 2011
Conference number: 20


Conference20th Annual IPSERA Conference 2011


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