This paper is a response to a recent study of ramsay and croom. Based on their study these authors claim that both practitioners and academics regard purchasing mainly as a set of strategic activities and thereby overlook the fundamental importance of operational purchasing activities. Also they state that purchasing development models are unhelpful. In reaction to these provoking statements, this paper describes the evolution of the purchasing profession and stresses the relevance of purchasing development models for the purchasing profession. However, it is recognised that these purchasing development models should be used with great care and that further research is needed to test them empirically.