How purchasing and supply management practices affect key success factors: the case of the offshore-wind supply chain

Federico D’Amico (EDF Energy, London, UK)
Riccardo Mogre (University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Steve Clarke (devCo, Peterborough, 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

Abstract

Purpose

In reference to the offshore-wind industry, this study aims to show that innovative purchasing and supply management practices can increase both firm- and industry-level performance. This paper also includes a description of the offshore-wind supply chain, which remains understudied in academic literature, despite increasing global development of offshore-wind farms.

Design/methodology/approach

Offshore-wind farm projects use more and larger turbines, which greatly increase the complexity of the supply chain. Innovative purchasing and supply management practices, designed to tackle this growing complexity, could help companies achieve the key success factors that define this industry. The evidence comes from real-world, offshore-wind farm projects, with the London Array farm as a principal example.

Findings

Innovative purchasing and supply management practices include decisions to make or buy, contract forms and local-to-global sourcing. These practices affect the key success factors of the industry by increasing competition, capabilities and control.

Originality/value

Purchasing and supply management practices could affect industry-level performance. This paper is among the first ones to provide an analysis of the offshore-wind supply chain and its evolution.

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Acknowledgements

This research is supported by the EU FP-7 LEANWIND project (No. SCP2-GA-2013-614020).

Citation

D’Amico, F., Mogre, R., Clarke, S., Lindgreen, A. and Hingley, M. (2017), "How purchasing and supply management practices affect key success factors: the case of the offshore-wind supply chain", Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 32 No. 2, pp. 218-226. https://doi.org/10.1108/JBIM-10-2014-0210

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