Broadly speaking, the research activities at the Endowed Chair of Procurement focus on the understanding – that is describing, explaining, and predicting – of phenomena and mechanisms that are of importance to the field of procurement. We are particularly interested in research questions that are located at the intersection of procurement and related disciplines (such as logistics, marketing, management, organization, or innovation), because they require the integration of multiple disciplinary bases and theoretical perspectives to craft conceptually adequate models that offer comprehensive answers. We collaborate intensively with a network of organizations in order to help bridge between theory and practice.

To achieve research on the highest level, specialisation is needed. The research activities of the chair are constantly evolving, but five areas are of particular interest within the research scope:

  • Risks and disruptions
  • Buyer-supplier relationships
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability
  • Strategies and performance