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Introduction to Agile Procurement Systems

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In a changing and challenging world, it is essential to find innovative ways to manage organizations. An important solution might come from their increased agility in facing continuous changes in the environment. This chapter stresses the role of procurement in such a strategy. It defines how procurement should go well beyond the traditional role of providing support to organizations in their relationships with vendors by also acting as a business in the business. It should aim to add value to the customers and to the organization. To reach this objective it is essential that procurement becomes more agile. The chapter describes how procurement can acquire flexibility by becoming leaner and more digital in its processes.


  • Agile Procurement
  • Value Network
  • Agile Business Model
  • Initial Stable Configuration
  • Digital Transformation

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    This book does not use the terms “supply chain” or “value chain .” The term used is “value network ,” which underlines the importance of taking into account the value provided by the organization to the customers and the more and more non-sequential nature of processes in the organizations.

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Nicoletti, B. (2018). Introduction to Agile Procurement Systems. In: Agile Procurement . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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