Agile Procurement 2018:

Procurement in the course of the Digital Transformation

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 Expected dispatch of the survey report July 2018.


"Agile methods are becoming more and more important in companies. Methods and principles from the areas of Scrum, IT-Kanban and Design Thinking are playing an increasingly important role not only in software development. Against the backdrop of challenges and opportunities arising from digitalisation, globalisation and Industry 4.0, this development will continue to intensify. At the same time, various principles such as rolling-wave planning ("sprint planning"), delivery of incremental deliverable products and self-organized teams lead to new constellations that cannot be easily accommodated by traditional purchasing approaches. ("fixed price problem", work contract,...). The survey examines how purchasing departments deal with these challenges and where areas of action, opportunities and challenges are seen."

Prof. Dr. Ayelt Komus

Aim of the survey

The starting point of the survey is the recognition that the digital transformation and the increasing dissemination of agile methods such as Scrum, Kanban and Design Thinking lead to fundamental changes in expectations and objectives regarding the performance of purchasing. Furthermore, it is assumed that digital transformation and agile methods will lead to fundamental changes in the procurement areas themselves as well as in cooperation with departments and suppliers. The survey examines to what extent the topic has "arrived" in purchasing, which challenges are seen and which approaches to the management of the topic currently prevail.
The survey is the follow-up study to the first "Agile Purchasing" study from 2016/2017.


The survey is carried out by Prof. Dr. Ayelt Komus from the Koblenz University of Applied Sciences and Maximilian Kassner from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. The online survey is open for participation from 5th February 2018 to 30th April 2018.

Cooperation partners

The survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Federal Association for Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics Germany (BME) and the Federal Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics in Austria (BMÖ).