Tracing the evolution of purchasing research: future trends and directions for purchasing practices

Riccardo Mogre (University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Adam Lindgreen (Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Martin Hingley (Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK)

Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing

ISSN: 0885-8624

Publication date: 6 March 2017



This conceptual paper details the evolution of purchasing research and describes the increasing integration of purchasing with other strategic functions to identify key trends in purchasing practices together with their implications for purchasing research.


This study takes a conceptual approach and reviews prior literature to describe the field and predict future developments.


Purchasing is increasingly integrated with different business functions, such as strategy, marketing, decision-making and supply chain management. Key real-world trends include sustainable and ethical purchasing, purchasing in the digital economy, supply chain risk management and public sector purchasing. These trends suggest both avenues for further research and specific methodologies to pursue them.


By providing a comprehensive overview of the trends in purchasing practice and research, this study offers unique insights, especially for researchers who seek to continue expanding the field.



The authors thank Stuart Addy and Seongtae Kim for their useful comments on a previous version of this article.


Mogre, R., Lindgreen, A. and Hingley, M. (2017), "Tracing the evolution of purchasing research: future trends and directions for purchasing practices", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 251-257.

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