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Capability-actor-resource-service : a conceptual modelling approach for value-driven strategic sourcing

Laleh Rafati (UGent)
(2018)
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This PhD research addresses a problem within strategic sourcing, which is a critical area of strategic management that is centered on decision-making related to procurement. Strategic sourcing is related to two disciplines: (i) procurement and supply management and (ii) strategic management. Sourcing is the strategic part of procurement that refers to tasks like determining cost saving and value-driven opportunities, choosing the most appropriate go-to market strategies, and selecting and evaluating suppliers for building long-term and short-term contractual relationships. Many companies face challenges in obtaining the benefits associated with effective strategic sourcing. Although the concept of strategic sourcing is fairly well recognized, managers are still challenged by many barriers to its implementation. The main problem is the lack of practical instruments (i.e., tools and techniques) to implement the value-driven management approach to strategic sourcing, while at the same time preparing companies for fact-based decision-making by delivering data management and data analytics capabilities. This is the problem which is addressed with this PhD research. To address this problem, the research goal has been defined as “develop a modeling approach that enables companies 1) to drive fact-based decision-making with respect to procurement data management and procurement analytics”; and 2) to implement strategic sourcing toward achieving value-driven targets”. We apply conceptual modeling as our main solution approach to achieve the above research goal. We define three major areas where conceptual modeling can contribute to strategic sourcing decision-making: conceptualization, design and computer support. The proposed conceptual modeling approach is characterized by four different perspectives: (i) a way of thinking (i.e., a conceptual foundation), (ii) a way of modeling (i.e., a modeling language and method to use it), (iii) a way of working (i.e., a model-based analysis approach), and (iv) a way of supporting (i.e., a computer-aided design tool). The scope of PhD research is limited to the first three perspectives, while for the fourth perspective a solution architecture will be proposed as part of future research. This PhD dissertation is a paper-based dissertation consisting of six chapters. Three chapters (chapter 3, 4, 5) of this dissertation have been submitted to international peer-reviewed journals (chapter 4 is published and chapters 3 and 5 are accepted) and one chapter (chapter 2) has been published in the post-conference proceedings of an international workshop.

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Rafati, Laleh. Capability-Actor-Resource-Service : A Conceptual Modelling Approach for Value-Driven Strategic Sourcing. Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, 2018.
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Rafati, L. (2018). Capability-actor-resource-service : a conceptual modelling approach for value-driven strategic sourcing. Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent, Belgium.
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Rafati, Laleh. 2018. “Capability-Actor-Resource-Service : A Conceptual Modelling Approach for Value-Driven Strategic Sourcing.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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Rafati, Laleh. 2018. “Capability-Actor-Resource-Service : A Conceptual Modelling Approach for Value-Driven Strategic Sourcing.” Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
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Rafati L. Capability-actor-resource-service : a conceptual modelling approach for value-driven strategic sourcing. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration; 2018.
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L. Rafati, “Capability-actor-resource-service : a conceptual modelling approach for value-driven strategic sourcing,” Ghent University. Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent, Belgium, 2018.
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  pages        = {{IX, 187}},
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  school       = {{Ghent University}},
  title        = {{Capability-actor-resource-service : a conceptual modelling approach for value-driven strategic sourcing}},
  year         = {{2018}},
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