Ram Narasimhan is distinguished professor of operations and supply chain management in the Eli Broad Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University. Dr. Narasimhan earned his PH.D. from the University of Minnesota. His research interests include supply chain management, environmental issues, quality management, and manufacturing strategy.
AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF THE UNDERLYING DIMENSIONS OF PURCHASING COMPETENCE
Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
© 2001 Production and Operations Management Society
Production and Operations Management
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 1–15, March 2001
How to Cite
NARASIMHAN, R., ARAM, J. J. and CARTER, A. J. R. (2001), AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF THE UNDERLYING DIMENSIONS OF PURCHASING COMPETENCE. Production and Operations Management, 10: 1–15. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2001.tb00064.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Received May 1999; revisions received April 2000 and November 2000 accepted November 2000.
- SECOND-ORDER FACTOR ANALYSIS;
- PURCHASING COMPETENCE;
- STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELS
The importance of evaluating the effectiveness of the purchasing function in firms along multiple criteria has attracted considerable attention. However, few studies have identified the defining elements that constitute purchasing competence. This paper introduces the construct of purchasing competence using a second-order factor structure derived from purchasing practices identified from the literature. The validity of the construct (purchasing competence) is tested using data from a sample of 179 firms. The results indicate (1) the construct validity of purchasing competence and (2) the predictive validity of purchasing competence, which has a significant positive influence on total quality management performance and customer satisfaction. The implications of these findings for additional research are discussed.