International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association


30th Annual Meeting

Monday 29th March–Thursday 1st April 2021 

Submission deadline: December 15, 2020

Paper submissions HERE

Call for papers

Call for papers

IPSERA Online Conference 2021 will be focused on “Purchasing Innovation and Crisis Management”. In these unprecedented times, now more than ever, Purchasing requires the application of science and technology, analytical skills and quantitative methods; it also requires a need for creativity and understanding of soft behavioural skills. Digital transformation and the need for online resources and relevant and accurate data is opening up new and exciting opportunities for the management of Purchasing and Supply Chains, making “big data” available and offering analytical tools to manage them. It is also aiding in networking and the sharing of innovative ideas. This enables both disruption of existing practices and outdated technologies, as well as new ways to tackle sustainability challenges, e.g. through better transparency and control of supply chain risk. The current Covid-19 crisis has also brought to the fore the importance of Purchasing and Supply Chains for maintaining resilience, flexibility and agility. The world is looking to Purchasing and Supply Chain professionals and academics in order to understand how to organise their supply chains, purchase securely and responsibly and how to cope in a post-Covid world with more crises on the horizon.

Submissions of working papers (academic and practitioner, max 5 pages) and competitive papers (max 15 pages) will be accepted for conference presentation. Please submit your papers HERE

Key Dates

  • Submissions Begin:  October 20, 2020
  • Submission Deadline:  December 15, 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance:  February 2, 2021


Awards are given for innovative and interesting competitive papers.

Manuscripts will be selected for potential publication in a special IPSERA conference Issue in the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Conference chair

Wendy L. Tate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Topical areas and tracks

The conference will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to present research papers and discuss the future developments of the field. This conference theme offers the opportunity for a broad range of Purchasing and Supply Chain topics which can be divided in the following streams:

  • Purchasing and Supply Strategy
  • Triads and Networks
  • Supply Chain and Supplier Resilience
  • Crisis Management in Supply Chains
  • Covid-19 and its Impact on Supply Chains/Suppliers
  • Purchasing and Supply for a Post-Covid 19 World
  • Global Sourcing and Outsourcing Issues
  • Sustainable Procurement and CSR
  • Supply Chain Risk and Resilience
  • Backshoring/Reshoring/Nearshoring
  • Purchasing Organization, Skills and Competences
  • Negotiation and Contracting
  • Purchasing Services
  • Sourcing and Supplier Selection
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supplier Evaluation and Performance Measurement
  • Supplier Development
  • Supply Chain Transparency, Visibility and Traceability
  • Humanitarian Procurement and Supply Chain Management
  • Health Care Procurement
  • Public Procurement
  • Agri-Food Supply Chain Management
  • Fashion and Luxury Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Purchasing and Innovation
  • Creativity and Design Thinking in Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Purchasing and Supply: Big Data and Analytics
  • Procurement Digital Transformation
  • IoT and Industry 4.0: Implications for Purchasing and Supply
  • Purchasing and Supply Theory and Methodology Development

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