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2016/2017  KAN-CCMVV2504U  Procurement Organization and Strategy

English Title
Procurement Organization and Strategy

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Britta Gammelgaard - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Kontaktinformation: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt eller Contact information: https:/​/​e-campus.dk/​studium/​kontakt
Main academic disciplines
  • Project and change management
  • Supply chain management and logistics
Last updated on 05-04-2016
Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors: The overall aim of the course is to provide students with capabilities that make the value of strategic procurement visible to corporate management and further create the basis from changing the procurement organization from a tactical to a strategic level. Specifically, the learning objectives of the course are the following:
  • Explain how procurement knowledge and competences can be developed, managed and integrated into corporate strategy.
  • Explore and discuss change management concepts and theories in a procurement organization in order to resolve concrete development issues.
  • Critically reflect on leadership roles and values in strategic procurement.
  • Communicate results to stakeholders
Procurement Organization and Strategy:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 10 pages
Definition of number of pages:
Groups of
2 students 5 pages max.
3-4 students 10 pages max

Students who wish to have an individual exam might be able to write a term paper in the course. Please see the cand.merc. rules for term papers for more information.
Assignment type Synopsis
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Winter and Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Re-take exam is to be based on the same report as the ordinary exam:

* if a student is absent from the oral exam due to documented illness but has handed in the written group product she/he does not have to submit a new product for the re-take.

* if a whole group fails the oral exam they must hand in a revised product for the re-take.

* if one student in the group fails the oral exam the course coordinator chooses whether the student will have the oral exam on the basis of the same product or if he/she has to hand in a revised product for the re- take.
Course content and structure

The course sets out with a discussion of the paradigm shift in the procurement literature towards strategic procurement and how that effects the procurement organization, its relationship to other functions, as well as the value creation provided by procurement. This requires development of organizational and individual skills which come next followed by a discussion of change management in relation to strategic procurement in particular. The course also touches upon the different ways of organizing the procurement function.The course concludes with a section on leadership issues including values, ethics and sustainability.

Teaching methods
Dialogue lectures and company presentations.
Student workload
Lectures 132 hours
Exam preparation including synopsis 73,25 hours
Exam 1 hours
Further Information

The course is part of minor in Strategic Procurement.

Expected literature
  • Axelsson, B., Rozemeijer, F. and Wynstra F. (2005), Developing Sourcing Capabilities. Creating strategic change in purchasing and supply management. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

  • Andersen, P. H.; Rask, M. (2003): “Supply chain management: new organisational practices for changing procurement realities”, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Mar, Vol. 9 Issue 2

  • Barney, J.B. (2012), “Purchasing, supply chain management and sustained competitive advantage: The relevance of resource based theory”, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 48(2), pp. 3-6

  • Buchanan, D. and Badham (1999), “Politics and Organizational Change: The Lived Experience”, Human Relations, vol. 52(5), pp.  609-629

  • Cousins, P.D. (2005), “The alignment of appropriate firm and supply strategies for competitive advantage” International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 25(5), pp. 403-428.

  • Giunipero, L.; Handfield, R.B.; Eltantawy, R. (2006), “Supply management's evolution: key skill sets for the supply manager of the future” International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol.26, no. 7, pp.822-844.

  • Kern, D., Moser, R., Sundaresan, N. and Hartmann, E. (2011), Purchasing Competence:  Stakeholder-based Framework for Chief Purchasing Officers, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 32 (2), pp. 122-138

  • Ramsay, J. and Croom, S. (2008), "The impact of evolutionary and developmental metaphors on Purchasing and Supply Management: A critique", Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 192-204.

  • Schneider, L. and Wallenburg, C.M. (2013), “50 Years of research on organizing the purchasing function: Do we need any more?” Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Vol. 19(3), pp. 144-1164

  • Schuh et al (2012), “The CPO. Transforming Procurement in the Real World”, Springer, New York,

  • Tassabehji, R. and Moorhouse, A. (2008), “The changing role of procurement: Developing professional effectiveness”, Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management, Vol. 14(1), pp. 55-68

  • Van Weele, A. J. and van Raaij, E.M. (2014), “The future of purchasing and supply management research: About relevance and rigor”, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 50(1), pp. 56-72

Last updated on 05-04-2016