Global sourcing strategy alignment using business intelligence: A conceptual framework

Jalal Ashayeri, Willem Selen

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Many organisations do not have well-developed global sourcing measurement strategies in place, and thereby lose out on attractive business opportunities. Realising these opportunities requires a detailed understanding of global sourcing performance, which can be facilitated through Business Intelligence (BI) concepts applied in other areas of supply chain management. This requires amending inadequate one-dimensional cost accounts of global sourcing with BI-based inferencing. In this regard, this study aims to answer three questions: what are the determinants of successful global sourcing, what are the characteristics of such a BI system, and how can BI applications and strategies leverage global sourcing to achieve better performance? A conceptual framework is developed that integrates BI within the larger global sourcing framework, including macro- and microenvironmental factors, supply chain structure, optimisation and control, and global sourcing performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-358
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Procurement Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • BI
  • Business Intelligence
  • Global sourcing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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