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Title: The state of artificial intelligence procurement versus sales and marketing
Language: English
Authors: Spreitzenbarth, Jan 
Stuckenschmidt, Heiner 
Bode, Christoph 
Editor: Kersten, Wolfgang  
Ringle, Christian M.  
Blecker, Thorsten 
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; Blockchain
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2021
Publisher: epubli
Source: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 31: 223-243 (2021)
Abstract (english): 
Purpose: Sales and procurement are the main boundary spanning functions of an organization – each with a specific focus and partly different views and objectives. They are often considered as two sides of a coin that struggle with one another for relative competitive advantage. The digitalization of procurement functions and the introduction of enterprise resource systems have led to a seeming data abundance. However, the results especially in the area of artificial intelligence are not yet satisfactory in practical application. In addition, few academic works are steered towards procurement. In fact, some expect that procurement is less likely to benefit from the application of methods of artificial intelligence (AI) emphasizing the potential benefits in functions such as finance, production, marketing and sales. Why is that? What can we do about it? Methodology: Explanatory study considering the needed decisions and available data of procurement in contrast to sales and marketing. The manuscript is structured in three sections based upon the “Memorandum of Design-Orientated Business Informatics” with analysis, draft, evaluation and diffusion (Österle et al., 2010).
Findings: There is a need for research on the purchasing-marketing interface, not just for AI but also for AI applications and analytics in general. Procurement scholars and managers must speed up data and analytical development, especially since our negotiation partners are benefiting from the rapid development of AI technology. Five propositions have been derived from a master thesis analyzing the needed decision and available data as well as during discussions at the 2021 European Research Seminar to facilitate practical application for management and direct further research. These are more perceived value, more data, better technological solutions, more skills and training, and different role in the value chain.
Originality: This is an original work of in-progress research.
Conference: Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 2021 
DOI: 10.15480/882.3990
ISBN: 978-3-754927-70-0
ISSN: 2365-5070
Document Type: Chapter/Article (Proceedings)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
License: CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0) CC BY-SA 4.0 (Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0)
Part of Series: Proceedings of the Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL) 
Volume number: 31
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