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In a world where customization has become commonplace, can companies still standardize their purchasing practices? The increasingly complicated and globalized nature of supply base suggests that standardization may not be so easy to implement. This article delineates how a European-based multinational corporation (MNC) implemented a common supplier segmentation initiative and established improved control over the purchasing operations of its globally dispersed divisions. The article identifies four contextual factors that contributed to the lack of synergy and describes how a “one-size-fits-all” supplier segmentation model helped the MNC to standardize its procurement efforts.

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Sudipa Sarker

Sudipa Sarker

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Sudipa Sarker holds a position as an Assistant Professor at the department of Industrial and Production Engineering (IPE) in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). She defended her doctoral dissertation titled “Disentangling the Labyrinth of Supply...

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Arash Azadegan

Arash Azadegan

Rutgers Business School

Dr. Azadegan focuses on research related to supply chain disruptions, response and recovery from disruptions and inter-organizational creativity and innovation. Dr. Azadegan manages the Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl) at the Center for Supply Chain...

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Paolo Trucco

Paolo Trucco

Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Trucco is full professor of Industrial Risk Management at the School of Management - Politecnico di Milano, where he is also the Director of the PhD Programme in Management Engineering. He is the local coordinator and member of the Scientific Committee of EDIM...

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