International Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

A Framework for Purchasing and Integrated Product Teams Members Only Content

Multi-disciplinary teams have become essential to success in today's volatile business environment. However, many organizations have not been successful in implementing the team concept. This article discusses a group of case studies that examine the obstacles organizations encounter as they implement integrated product teams. Based on results of the case studies, the authors offer a suggested approach for organizing successful cross-functional teams — and for developing the skills required of purchasing professionals for successful team membership.

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