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A study of procurement behaviour in small firms

Bill Morrissey (Bill Morrissey is a self‐employed consultant and Managing Director, Habergham Eaves Ltd, Rossendale, UK and a part‐time PhD student based at the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK)
Luke Pittaway (Luke Pittaway is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship based at the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster, UK)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

This paper analyses buyer‐supplier relationships from the perspective of small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). Preliminary results show that actors within a supply chain are not homogeneous in terms of their size, resources and business motives, and this brings into question the validity and relevance of the purchasing literature when examining smaller firms. This paper outlines the usefulness and importance of purchasing behaviour in SMEs in relation to the size and nature of the firm. The research draws principally from a series of in‐depth interviews undertaken with owner‐managers within plastic moulding companies in Lancashire, UK.

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Morrissey, B. and Pittaway, L. (2004), "A study of procurement behaviour in small firms", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 11 No. 2, pp. 254-262. https://doi.org/10.1108/14626000410537191

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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