Hengda: Realizing the Potential of the Procurement Department
In September 2019, the newly appointed manager of the procurement department at Jiangxi Hengda High-Tech Company Ltd., located in China, was wondering how to make his department more efficient. He took some time to understand the working relationships of his department with other internal departments and with external suppliers. During his research, he uncovered sources of conflict between the procurement department and other functional departments, including the marketing, manufacturing, warehousing, and finance departments, as well as the company's suppliers. The manager took his findings to the company's chairman and reported that the low efficiency of the procurement department was caused by the company's lack of synergy across departments. The chairman acknowledged the issue and agreed that some reform of the company's departments was necessary. However, he also pointed out that this would be a complex, costly, and difficult task. The manager of the procurement department was adamant that the company would have to resolve this systemic issue at some point and decided to prepare a proposal for his next meeting with the chairman. Qun Wu is affiliated with Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. Ziqian (Stella) Zhao is affiliated with Tsinghua University.