How purchasing and supply management practices affect key success factors: the case of the offshore-wind supply chain

D’Amico, Federico and Mogre, Riccardo and Clarke, Steve and Lindgreen, Adam and Hingley, Martin (2017) How purchasing and supply management practices affect key success factors: the case of the offshore-wind supply chain. Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, 32 (2). pp. 218-226. ISSN 0885-8624

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Purpose—In reference to the offshore-wind industry, this study shows that innovative purchasing and supply management practices can increase not only firm- but also industry-level performance. This article also includes a description of the offshore-wind supply chain, which remains under studied in academic literature, despite increasing global development of offshore-wind farms.
Design/Methodology/Approach—Offshore-wind farm projects employ more and larger turbines, which greatly increase the complexity of the supply chain. Innovative purchasing and supply management practices, designed to tackle this growing complexity, could help companies achieve the key success factors that define this industry. The evidence comes from real-world, offshore-wind farm projects, with the London Array farm as a principal example.
Findings—Innovative purchasing and supply management practices include decisions to make or buy, contract forms and local-to-global sourcing. These practices affect the key success factors of the industry by increasing competition, capabilities, and control.
Originality/value—Purchasing and supply management practices could affect industry-level performance. This article is among the first ones to provide an analysis of the offshore-wind supply chain and its evolution.

Keywords:capabilities, competition, contracts, make-or-buy, renewable energy, supply chain
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N530 Distribution
N Business and Administrative studies > N211 Strategic Management
N Business and Administrative studies > N550 International Marketing
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:25856
Deposited On:25 Jan 2017 14:52

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