Purchasing in the area of Innovation and Sustainability: A Study into Current and Future Competences

Volker Koch*, Klaas Stek, Katia Picaud-Bello

*Corresponding author for this work

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This research aims to find current and future competences for purchasing professionals in the area of sustainability and innovation. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used: a survey and expert discussions. The survey participants rated their current innovation sourcing and sustainability competence levels. The expert discussions focused on future competences. In both studies, common grounds were found (e.g. legal, innovation and sustainability knowledge; interpersonal skills and creativity), whereas the expert discussions newly identified "out of the box thinking for radical innovation", "start-up management", and "self-development" competences. It is essential that purchasers open up themselves and think different for change to come.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 30 Mar 2021
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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  • sustainability
  • innovation
  • purchasing competence


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  • 30th Annual IPSERA Conference 2021

    Klaas Stek (Discussion leader)

    29 Mar 20211 Apr 2021

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