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Central Purchasing at Stora Enso: A Survey of the Supplier Relations (Management Project)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the suppliers’ view of their relation to Stora Enso. The study focuses on the relation between the central purchasing unit of Stora Enso and the suppliers but also gives indications of how the overall interface between Stora Enso and the suppliers works. The purpose is explored through a number of research objectives, which are presented below.

Areas essential for the functioning of the central purchasing unit:

  • The overall organisation of Stora Enso’s purchasing activities,
  • Stora Enso’s cross-functional purchasing teams,
  • The internal coordination and communication,
  • The relational bonds between Stora Enso and the suppliers

Important goals and visions for the central purchasing unit:

  • Minimising the Total Business Cost,
  • Being an attractive partner to the suppliers

Currently discussed issues within the central purchasing organisation:

  • The potential for closer cooperation between Stora Enso and the suppliers,
  • The professionalism of Stora Enso’s purchasers

Source: Linköping University
Author: Antell, Beatrice | Heijl, Emma

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