IPSERA

International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Regional IPSERA Centres of Competence (RICCs) 

By recognising two types of IPSERA organisations - the Regional IPSERA Centres of Competence (RICCs) and the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) - IPSERA wants to promote community building and competence development within the network also between the Annual IPSERA Conferences. RICCs and SIGs legitimise their existence through organising activities (events, workshops) for IPSERA members and non-members throughout the year.

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A Special Interest Group is an international, multi-institutional group of active purchasing and supply management researcher, practitioners and educators on a specific topic or theme. As a minimum scale, we expect at least two, but ideally three full-time researchers/practitioners/educators and members of IPSERA in the specific area of the SIG, as leaders of the SIG.

As SIGs bring disparate researchers together, these leaders should be affiliated with different institutions. A key requirement is a statement of plans and ambitions for ongoing efforts to build and sustain a community of experts in the SIG theme, including at least one event per three years hosted by the SIG. For renewal of SIG status, evidence of such efforts is required.

Current IPSERA Special Interest Groups (SIGs):

  • Education (SIG coordinators: Hervé Legenvre, Lieven Quintens, Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen & Stephen Kelly)
  • Internet of Things (SIG coordinators: Herbert Ruile, Herve Legenvre & Michael Henke)
  • Public Procurement (SIG coordinators to be announced)
  • Purchasing & Product Innovation (SIG coordinators: Marie-Anne Le Dain & Thomas Johnsen)
  • Supply Chain Finance (SIG coordinator: Luca Gelsomino)
  • Supply Chain Risk & Resilience (SIG coordinator: George Zsidisin)
  • Sustainability (SIG coordinators: Annachiara Longoni, Davide Luzzini,  Donna Marshall, Helen Walker, Leo Marques, Lucy McCarthy, Mellie Pullman)

To become a Regional IPSERA Centre of Competence or a Special Interest Group, certain requirements must be met.

Regional IPSERA Centre of Competence (RICCs)
A Regional IPSERA Centre of Competence (RICC) is a local or regional community of active PSM researchers and educators. As minimum scale, we expect at least one chair dedicated to PSM, and at least three full-time researchers/educators in the area of PSM. A regional centre may be composed of members affiliated with different institutions in the same region. A key requirement is a statement of plans and ambitions for ongoing efforts to build/sustain a local PSM community, including at least one event per three years organised by the RICC. For renewal of RICC status, evidence of such efforts is required.

    Current IPSERA Regional IPSERA Centres of Competence (RICCs):

    • Maastricht University, The Netherlands (Coordinator: Frank Rozemeijer
    • Rotterdam School of Management, The Netherlands (Coordinator: Erik van Raaij)
    • Open University, The Netherlands (Coordinator: Janjaap Semeijn)
    • EIPM Archamps, France (Coordinator: Hervé Legenvre)
    • Audencia Business School, France (Coordinator: Thomas Johnsen)
    • University of Pannonia, Hungary  (Coordinator: Dirk-Jan F. Kamann)
    • LUT University, Finland (Coordinator: Katrina Lintukangas)
    • Coppead Graduate School of Business, Brazil (Coordinator: Leonardo Marques)
    • Bundeswehr University Munich & University of Mannheim, Germany (Coordinators: Michael Essig & Christoph Bode)
    • University of Missouri UMSL, USA (Coordinator: George Zsidisin)

    Contact IPSERA's network manager, Leo Marques at network@ipsera.com to enquire about applying for SIG or RICC status.

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