Procurement research

The challenges that modern procurement is facing are many and the transformation effort in procurement that we can see today is the ground for our expanding procurement research. We see how sustainable procurement is becoming a critical issue and driver of change and how digital transformation creates drastic changes in procurement operations. Along with this we see an increased attention to supply chain risk management, a new spend cost focus, and an increased importance of procurement for the whole business. These transformation processes will be in focus of research and development of new knowledge in procurement. In this shift, MTC has the potential to become an important arena for knowledge transfer between procurement practice and research.


At MTC we have the ambition to monitor current research in the fields of procurement – private and public – and supply management. The aim is to support readers that want to learn about the latest research. This time we focus on two areas with profound effects on procurement and supply management: sustainability and the transition to a circular economy, and secondly, the large impact of digitalization. This spans some of the wider themes under discussion in procurement today.

Below are summary notes on some new (2019-2021) interesting research articles in the International Journal of Procurement Management and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management with a focus on three key drivers for change in purchasing and procurement, which are: sustainability, digitalization and risk management. This spans some of the wider themes under discussion in procurement today.

Sustainable procurement research

Digitalization and analytics procurement research

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of insights from adjacent fields

Some of the wider themes under discussion in procurement today

  1. Robotic Process Automation in purchasing and supply management: A multiple case study on potentials, barriers, and implementation (2022) – Link
  2. Purchasing process models: Inspiration for teaching purchasing and supply management (2019) – Link
  3. Improving resilience of the healthcare supply chain in a pandemic: Evidence from Europe during the COVID-19 crisis (2022) – Link


Source: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2022-10-07

  1. Acquisition of supply market intelligence –An information processing perspective (2020) – Link
  2. Ambidexterity and IT competence can improve supply chain flexibility? A resource orchestration approach (2020) – Link
  3. Blurry vision: Supply chain visibility for personal protective equipment during COVID-19 (2021) – Link


Source: Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 2022-10-07


CAPS Research

Procurement and supply management research centre based in Arizona

CAPS Research

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The leading knowledge network for procurement based in the Netherlands

Link to Nevi

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International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association

Link to IPSERA

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Journal of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

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Journal of Supply Chain Management

Link to JSCM

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House of Governance and Public Policy

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Upphandlings myndigheten

Public procurement agency based in Sweden

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Sustainability Procurement Pledge, an international NGO consisting of academics and practitioners

Link to SPP

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Procurement Leaders

The world's largest and most valued procurement network for CPOs and leadership

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