Specifying roles in purchasing and supply management in the era of Industry 4.0: A Delphi study

Vincent Delke, Wolfgang Buchholz, Holger Schiele

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New technologies and systems within the field of purchasing and supply management (PSM) call forth responsibilities and require expertise. Moving towards Industry 4.0 in purchasing, increasing attention on specialization within talent and skills, where human capital is needed to exploit the full potential of technologies. Based on an internet-based real-time Delhi study with 47 experts within the PSM field, six future purchasing roles have been defined and elaborated. These future roles connect to the maturing and emerging technologies within the purchasing field and provide a guideline to further develop towards Industry 4.0 in purchasing based on a human-centered evolutionary approach.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2021
Event28th EurOMA conference: Managing the “new normal”: The future of Operations and Supply Chain Management in unprecedented times - Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany
Duration: 4 Jul 20217 Jul 2021
Conference number: 28


Conference28th EurOMA conference
Abbreviated titleEurOMA2021
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  • roles
  • Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Industry 4.0


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