Broadly speaking, the research at the Endowed Chair of Procurement focuses on the understanding – that is describing, explaining, and predicting – of phenomena and mechanisms in interfirm networks, with a focus on suppliers and supplier networks. The results should be both relevant and rigorous and qualify for leading journals of both general business administration and operations management.
Our research activities make use of a wide variety of methods, from empirical studies to purely conceptual and mathematical-analytical papers. Still, the main focus is on empirical research.
A strong emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary projects with adjacent disciplines. Many current challenges of procurement are at the intersection with other business disciplines such as logistics, marketing and sales, information systems, or corporate social responsibility.