Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) is among the leading business schools worldwide and hosts the EADS-SMI Endowed Chair for Sourcing and Supply Management. The Chair is one of the very few Academic Institutions engaged in studies on Purchasing Function. This study is being carried out in cooperation and active involvement of three reputed academic and professional organisations viz. IIM Bangalore, Supply Chain Management Institute (SMI), Germany, a specialized Centre of the EBS Business School dedicated to carry out global research, education and training network for Purchasing, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and the Indian Institute of Materials Management (IIMM), a National Apex body representing professionals engaged in various facets of Material Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management.
The following study is part of one of the largest organizational research projects in purchasing and supply management ever conducted and one of the very few longitudinal studies in the research area. In 1995 Hal Fearon and Mike Leenders conducted as study the title Purchasing’s Organizational Roles and Responsibilities. The study looked at how the purchasing/supply function is organized, size of staff, functions it performs and the background and reporting line of the Chief Purchasing Officer (CPO). The study has become since then one of the most-requested focus studies in this research field.
Faculty of the EADS-SMI Endowed Chair at IIMB are participating in the extension of this research project to India in order to evaluate the roles and responsibilities of the purchasing managers in India. This research will help industry and academia to gain valuable insights about the roles and responsibilities of purchasing and supply organizations in large companies and the changes that will occur over time.
We have designed the questionnaire so that the results can be identified by company size and industry sector. We would like to assure you that the information that you provide will not be used to identify individual companies nor any specific references will be made to any company. Only aggregate results will be reported.
The survey is divided into several parts: firm size, the chief purchasing officer (CPO), materials and service purchased from suppliers, activities in the supply chain, organization structure, teams, e-commerce, major corporate activities, firm performance and future innovations. The questions have been designed to be quick and easy to answer; we estimate that completing the survey will take approximately 30 minutes.
Your firm’s response is very important to ensure that the results are truly representative. If you do not have the precise data required to answer the question please provide an approximate answer. Earlier research has shown that it is more important to have approximate answers than none at all. Of course all participants will receive a copy of the Executive Summary of the Research Study.
We would be most happy to answer any questions that you might have. Please feel free to contact me at 080 2699 3195 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please indicate the appropriate responses for you and your firm. We request you to complete the enclosed survey by May 30, 2012.
We thank you in advance for participating in this study.
Prof. Jishnu Hazra
EADS-SMI Endowed Chair, IIM Bangalore