Presentation Abstract: Strategic procurement has evolved from general segmentation to a strong focus in relationships with suppliers expected to support innovation and competitiveness. A white paper published by A.T. Kearny in 2016 introduced a strategic procurement framework called Disruptive Procurement that suggests the best means of creating competitive advantage in procurement is to understand the motivations and value creation of both the internal customer and their suppliers. Though lacking academic rigor and references, the Disruptive Procurement framework is a grounded model that has the potential to drive significant impact in the function. In this paper, I elaborate on the conceptual framework introduced in the white paper and ground it in academic theory, introducing strategic procurement concepts, disruptive innovation, jobs theory, and business partnering. The framework is straightforward, useful, and immediately applicable to a procurement center of excellence and to procurement education. The possibilities with Disruptive Procurement are far reaching and future research should be done to further operationalize and apply its concept and lessons and to measure its success.
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