Business Research

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 149–191

Purchasing Organization and Design: A Literature Review

Open Access


This paper presents the results of a comprehensive literature review of the organization of purchasing covering the period from 1967 to 2009. The review provides a structured overview of prior research topics and findings and identifies gaps in the existing literature that may be addressed in future research. The intention of the review is to a) synthesize prior research, b) provide researchers with a structural framework on which future research on the organization of purchasing may be oriented, and c) suggest promising areas for future research.


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purchasing supply procurement organization institutional structure structure institution design performance literature review 

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© The Author(s) 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Industrial ManagementJulius-Maximilians-Universität WürzburgWürzburgeGermany

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