Global Purchasing Strategy and International Purchasing Offices

27th March 2014

This talk focussed on a research project titled International Purchasing Offices in China carried out between 2010 and 2013 and 3 publications (1 literature review; 2 empirical) developed from it so far (Jia et al., 2014a; 2014b; Sartor et al., 2014). The salience of the International Purchasing Office (IPO) in the management of international sourcing activities of multinational corporations (MNCs) has steadily increased, in developed and emerging economies, since the first adoption of this supply chain strategy in the 1980s, however the research on IPOs has been stagnant since 2006. The aim of the project was to refresh researchers about current state of IPOs in China, identify types of IPOs existing in China and an evolution model for IPOs if there is any, and answer a question how an IPO become strategic to its parent.


Dr. Fu (Jeff) Jia PhD, MBA, BEng is a Lecturer in Operations and Supply Management at the University of Exeter Business School, England. His research interests include supply relationship management in a cross cultural context, global sourcing, supply chain learning and innovation and sustainable supply management.