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2598699 - Unable to Assign Certain Roles To a Business Partner


You are trying to create a business partner with a certain role, but the option required is unavailable for selection.


You are unable to assign an Employee as a Supplier from Business Partner Data workcenter.


SAP Business ByDesign 1711 and higher.

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to the Business Partner Data work center;
  2. Access the Business Partners view;
  3. Select an existing business partner;
  4. Click the Create As button;
  5. Some options are unavailable.


The system has two main Business Partner types: organizations (which represent companies) and persons (which represent individuals). Certain roles are exclusive to business partner organizations and others, exclusive to business partner persons — e.g. an Employee cannot have the Supplier role assigned to it, because the Employee is a business partner person and the Supplier role is for business partner organizations.


This is the standard system behavior.

See Also

"Business Partners" document in the SAP Business ByDesign Help Center


Business Partner; Roles; Create As; Business Partner Data; Employee, Supplier , KBA , business partner role employee as suppli , AP-BP-BP , BusinessByDesign: Business Partner , How To


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