Title: Empirical classification and effect of procurement process on organisational performance outcomes

Authors: Atef Harb; Reine Abou Antoun; Abdallah Kassem; César Baena

Addresses: Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Lebanon, P.O. Box 72, Zouk Mikael, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon ' Procurement Controller, Leeds International SAL-Beirut, Lebanon ' Department of Electrical and Computer and Communication Engineering, Notre Dame University-Louaize, Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon ' International School of Management, 17 boulevard Raspail, Paris 75007, France

Abstract: For many years, purchasing and procurement became a major concern for researchers and decision makers worldwide. In Lebanon, the purchasing functions have become recently a major concern for different organisations and industries. So, the purpose of this research is to investigate the different purchasing clusters of Lebanese industrial and engineering organisations and to study their effect on organisational management and performance. Two research questions addressed and two hypotheses tested using 95 Lebanese organisations. Findings supported the two hypotheses and showed statistically a significant relation between the two studied variables. As a conclusion, this research assessed, analysed and presented the importance of purchasing clusters and its positive influence on organisational performance in the Lebanese organisations/industries. The findings will be very useful for decision makers, engineers, researchers and practitioners seeking to improve the performance and standing of the purchasing function through the identification of the different characteristics and potential limitations faced at each phase.

Keywords: purchasing; procurement; purchasing clusters; performance outcome; organisational performance; management; internal integration; strategic planning; engineering design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPM.2019.096999

International Journal of Procurement Management, 2019 Vol.12 No.1, pp.88 - 111

Received: 24 Feb 2017
Accepted: 09 Jan 2018

Published online: 14 Dec 2018 *

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