Purchasing Structures/Models


This concept describes how purchasing departments can be structured and how they evolve over time.

Technique Overview

Purchasing Structures/Models Definition

Purchasing models/structures describe the design of the purchasing department or its function and the way it is linked to, and configured within, the wider organisational design and business model. Some examples of functions are: purpose, responsibilities, management and teams, and coordination and control of activities and resources (Lysons and Farrington, 2006).

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  • Andrews, R., Boyne, G.A., Law, J. and Walker, R.M. (2009) Centralisation, Organisational Strategy and Public Service Performance. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol.19(1), pp. 57-80.
  • Atkinson, W. (2006) Centralised Procurement: Success Breeds Success [online] Available at: www.purchasing.com/article/CA6341094.html [Accessed 16 November 2011].
  • Boxall, P. and Macky, K. (2009) Research and theory on high-performance work systems: progressing the high-involvement stream. Human Resource Management Journal, Vol.19(1), pp. 3-23.
  • CIPS: Visa Business Case for P-cards.

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