Title: Big data in purchasing and supply management: a research agenda

Authors: Ala Pazirandeh Arvidsson; Patrik Jonsson; Riikka Kaipia

Addresses: Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothneburg, SE-412 96, Sweden ' Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothneburg, SE-412 96, Sweden ' Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothneburg, SE-412 96, Sweden; Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Aalto University, Aalto, Box 15500, 00076, Finland

Abstract: This study aims to synthesise knowledge about big data (BD) in the area of purchasing and supply management (PSM) and to develop an agenda for future research. A systematic literature review approach was employed, and 65 articles were synthesised based on a classification for BD in PSM to identify research gaps and opportunities. Literature in this area is descriptive and conceptual in nature, and modelling methods are favoured. BD applications were identified for supplier selection, supply risk management, and supply visibility. Based on the complexity of access and use of BD, we identify a need for contextualised theory-building studies.

Keywords: big data; literature review; purchasing and supply management; PSM; data analytics; research agenda.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2020.10029878

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2021 Vol.14 No.2, pp.185 - 212

Received: 11 Oct 2019
Accepted: 15 Nov 2019

Published online: 08 Mar 2021 *

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