What patterns determine the likelihood of an individual becoming the chief purchasing officer (CPO) of his or her firm or another firm? This is a question authors Thomas E. Hendrick, Ph.D. and John Ni, doctoral research assistant, consider in the study, "Chief Purchasing Officers' Mobility Compensation Benchmarks and Demographics: A Study of Fortune 500 Firms".

The focus of this research was to track the career, functional experiences and educational paths current CPOs have taken to become the CPO of their organization and the career histories of the immediate predecessors in CPO positions. Current Fortune 500 CPO demographic and compensation information was captured and compared with two earlier studies CAPS Research reported on compensation.

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