Press release: Supply Value starts PhD research: The role of purchasing in innovations with suppliers

Jeroen Arentsen, consultant at Supply Value, starts with a PhD research regarding the role of purchasing in innovations with suppliers. The research is being carried out in collaboration with the University of Twente. 

Jeroen Arentsen started in 2019 as a graduate of Supply Value and has 3 years of work experience as a procurement consultant. His research ‘Early supplier involvement in public IT procurement’ was awarded the Sourcing Nederland thesis prize. In recent years, Jeroen gained (purchasing) experience within various organizations. In addition, he has developed himself professionally by completing the Nevi 2 course. 

Starting a PhD research allows Jeroen to further specialize in purchasing innovations. His research focuses on the role of purchasing in the orchestrating of innovation with suppliers. “Purchasing is increasingly shifting from an operational role to a strategic function,” says Jeroen. “More value can be created by working smartly with suppliers.” 

The research is conducted under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Holger Schiele and Dr. Frederik Vos of EL-IPS (European Lab for Innovative Purchasing and Supply) at the University of Twente. In EL-IPS, about thirty procurement researchers focus on procurement within the industrial-, public- and healthcare sectors. The collaboration with Supply Value and EL-IPS in this PhD research shows the ambition to harmonize science and practice closely. 

“Smarter collaboration with (innovative) suppliers not only leads to added value for our customers at an organizational level and throughout the supply chain but also to increased societal added value,” says Menno van Drunen, CEO or Supply Value. “In addition to our traineeships, offering a paid PhD is also an important way to maintain talent like Jeroen to our organization for a longer period of time”. 

About Supply Value

Supply Value is a leading consultancy firm in the field of Digitization, Procurement, Sustainability, Supply Chain, and Operations that is mainly active in Northwest Europe. Supply Value operates in the Healthcare, Government, Logistics & Mobility, FMCG & Retail, Energy & Utilities sectors, Manufacturing and High Tech. 

Supply Value provides independent advice, implementation, and training for professionals. 

Supply Value was founded in 2007. Customers rate Supply Value with an average of 8.6. Supply Value is B-corp, ISO9001, and ISO27001 certified, part of the Financial Times 1000, and winner of three FD Gazellen Awards for fastest growing companies in the Netherlands. Supply Value has also been named the best consultancy firm for both procurement and supply chain management in 2021 by and the number 1 consultancy in 2022 in Supply Chain Management by MT/Sprout.