Many authors have commented that the profile of the industrial buyer must change if purchasing is to adapt the increasingly dynamic and complex contexts in which firms operate. This exploratory, empirical study examined and compared the trait profiles of current top performers and of 'ideal' buyers for the future. This approach links buyer traits with perceived managerial satisfaction with role performance. Based on cluster analysis, we present a taxonomy of five 'ideal' types of buyer. We propose that future research should seek to match the identified trait clusters with a typology of purchasing contexts.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||European Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2001|
- buyer profiles
- purchasing competence