The authors find several gaps between purchasing's current use and involvement in time-based strategies and what purchasing professionals think their use and involvement should be. These gaps may be due to the fact that purchasing personnel have just begun to use these techniques in a process of continual improvement. Purchasing plays a critical role in time-based strategies, since efficiencies gained here will ripple through the remainder of the processes involved in total cycle time. Finally, the authors offer benchmarks that organizations can use to gauge their current use of time-based techniques and strategies.
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