Purchasing and supply management's identity: Crisis? What crisis?

Lisa M. Ellram*, Christine M. Harland, Arjan J. van Weele, Michael Essig, Thomas Johnsen, Guido Nassimbeni, Mark Pagell, Erik van Raaij, Frank Rozemeijer, Wendy L. Tate, Finn Wynstra

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Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) has been subjected to a number of examinations, all concluding that PSM is not an academic discipline as it lacks its owntheories and common themes of research. It is perceived by many as an applied social science and field of research applying theories from other disciplines. But, todate, these examinations have not revealed more definitively what PSM is, i.e., its identity. This Notes and Debates paper was stimulated by two focused meetings, aquestion panel at IPSERA 2019 and solicited views from IPSERA participants. These were synthesized and developed through grounding them in identity and socialidentity theories. They are provided to stimulate the debate on PSM's internal and external identity coherence and legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100583
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Purchasing and Supply Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Academic discipline
  • Identity
  • Purchasing and Supply Management

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