The effect of team-member knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) and a common learning experience on sourcing teamwork effectiveness

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Purpose – A lack of sourcing-specific team research prevents a full understanding of sourcing teamwork effectiveness. Moreover, the limited PSM team literature often tends to focus on an aggregate group level. The paper makes a step towards adopting an individual actor perspective on teamwork effectiveness with an emphasis on the context of sourcing, explicating the effects of team-member knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), and examining how these relationships are moderated by a common learning experience of strategic sourcing masterclass.

Design/methodology/approach – Based on a cross-sectional survey, this study analyses a sample of 90 sourcing team-members from a global aerospace manufacturing company (GAMC) using hierarchical regression analysis.

Findings – The results suggest that four of the five KSAs positively and significantly affect sourcing teamwork effectiveness; the exception was collaborative problem-solving. Masterclass learning outcomes were found to positively moderate the effects of these KSAs on sourcing teamwork effectiveness, again exclusive of the collaborative problem-solving KSA.

Research limitations/implications – Cross-sectional design focused only on the aerospace sector may affect generalizability. Further, longitudinal research designs would capture the effects of the common learning experience over an extended period.

Practical implications – Sourcing team-members could be selected based on having KSAs which significantly affect teamwork effectiveness. Training and development for sourcing teams should combine guided reflexivity and cross-training to deliver learning outcomes that create similar team mental models.

Originality/value – Study provides an individual team-member perspective on the functioning of sourcing teams that is absent in the extant research. It contributes to the very limited research base on skills in PSM.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 May 2022


  • Teamwork knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs); Sourcing teamwork effectiveness; Team mental models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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