Abstract: While one could argue that the academic literature on Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) has kept pace with developments in practice, or perhaps even has helped stimulate some of these developments, there is still debate how one could best define what exactly constitutes PSM research. There are two views, basically, on how to define PSM research: as discipline, or as application field. It is our view, based on the actual developments it has gone through the five decades since its emergence in the 1960s, that PSM is most appropriately seen as a multi-disciplinary field. Starting from this multi-disciplinary perspective, we believe that a review of the recent academic literature may further our understanding of the development of PSM research, and may provide useful insights for future development. Specifically, we aim to investigate how the topics, theories and methods in PSM research have changed over time, and how these trends compare for the respective disciplines that are the core contributors to PSM research. To do so, we conduct a structured literature review, based on a census of purchasing and supply management publications in a broad set of (eighteen) high-impact management journals, during the period 1995-2014. We review this set of 2,522 publications on their origins, topics, levels of analysis, theories applied, and methods applied. The findings suggest that reviewing PSM research from a mono-disciplinary perspective would not adequately capture the variety and dynamics that exist.


Bio: Finn Wynstra is a professor of purchasing and supply management at RSM. He also holds a chair that is endowed by the Dutch Association for Purchasing Management (NEVI).

Professor Wynstra's research focuses on the relationship between purchasing and supply strategy, and on innovation and buyer-supplier relations in the area of business services.

The former editor of the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Professor Wynstra is the co-author of two books: ‘Buying Business Services’ (Wiley, 2002) and ‘Developing Sourcing Capabilities’ (Wiley, 2005). His articles have appeared in numerous publications including the Journal of Operations Management, the International Journal of Research in Marketing and the Journal of Product Innovation Management.

Currently, Finn Wynstra is Associate Director of ERIM, and member of the Executive Committee of the Department Management of Technology and Innovation. He has served as chairman of the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA), and is the recipient of several teaching excellence and research awards.

Professor Wynstra is a regular speaker at seminars and training programmes for European companies in both the manufacturing and service sectors. Companies who have sought his expertise include Carlsberg, Orkla, Friesland Foods, Philips Electronics and ABN AMRO. He regularly takes part in conferences and open programmes offered through organisations including the Dutch, Belgian, Swedish and Danish associations for purchasing management.

In his teaching, he has helped develop and deliver courses for full-time and executive MBA programmes in the Netherlands and abroad, and bachelor and master's programmes in business administration and industrial engineering and management science.

Professor Wynstra has held tenured and visiting faculty positions at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, Jönköping University in Sweden, Linköping University in Sweden, the University of Bath in the UK and the Kellogg School of Management in the US.

He received his Licentiate-degree from Uppsala University in Sweden, and his PhD from Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

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