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CSR in International Purchasing Decisions
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The need to achieve competitive advantageous among companies have made international purchasing an attractive option. Acting on international markets could be beneficial from many perspectives; one of the main driving forces is to cut costs. However, there are also a lot of challenges related to international purchasing. CSR and Sustainability issues seems so becoming increasingly important in society and this will of course affect companies work with international purchasing. This paper investigates the driving forces and challenges related to international purchasing and the role of CSR and Sustainability in this context. The findings are then applied on the construction industry and the case company NCC. The methods used are both a literature study and an empirical study. The empirical study is based on interviews with representatives from varying industries.

The study indicates that the importance of CSR and Sustainability is rapidly increasing. Companies must balance the driving forces in terms of e.g. cost and quality with CSR issues and other challenges that distance causes. Supplier relationships have turned out to be a crucial factor for the success of international purchasing and CSR. Building supplier relationships is therefore suggested as a strategy for NCC to embrace. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Examensarbete INDEK, 2013:73
Keyword [en]
CSR, Sustainability, International purchasing, construction industry
National Category
Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-123533OAI: diva2:627148
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Industrial Engineering and Management
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-11 Last updated: 2013-06-17Bibliographically approved

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