The authors thank the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) for providing access to membership directory, letters of support, encouragement and financial support for this study. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the help of Mr. John Domres and the Buffalo Chapter of ISM for their active support and encouragement of this study.
Strategic Sourcing: An Empirical Investigation of the Concept and Its Practices in U.S. Manufacturing Firms
Version of Record online: 27 APR 2006
Journal of Supply Chain Management
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 4–16, Spring 2006
How to Cite
Kocabasoglu, C. and Suresh, N. C. (2006), Strategic Sourcing: An Empirical Investigation of the Concept and Its Practices in U.S. Manufacturing Firms. Journal of Supply Chain Management, 42: 4–16. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-493X.2006.00008.x
- Issue online: 27 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 27 APR 2006
The purpose of this study is to enhance understanding of strategic sourcing and to discuss the challenges in adopting strategic sourcing. First, a literature review is undertaken to identify the key, characterizing elements of strategic sourcing. This is followed by an analysis of the relationships between different elements of strategic sourcing using data from 140 U.S. manufacturing companies. Results indicate that strategic sourcing is based on the status of the purchasing function within the firm, the level of internal coordination of purchasing with other functions within the firm, information sharing with key suppliers and development of key suppliers.