The Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS) undertook its first focus study investigating organizational relationships in purchasing in 1987. This research was replicated in 1995. A total of 119 firms responded to both studies, providing a unique opportunity to perform a longitudinal analysis on patterns of change within the supply function. Analysis of these 119 firms demonstrated a high level of organizational churning in the areas of organization structure, chief purchasing officer (CPO) reporting relationship, CPO title, and CPO turnover. Findings also indicate that a high percentage of CPOs do not have prior purchasing experience and that organizational change has a negative influence on purchasing's involvement in major corporate activities.
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