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  • 13 Sep 2023 09:47 | Mohammad H. Eslami (Administrator)

    The first IPSERA Africa Initiative Conference convened digitally on September 12, 2023, uniting over 120 enthusiasts from across the African continent, including representatives from South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria and more nations.

    Spanning 11 riveting presentations, the conference delved deep into pressing topics in purchasing and supply chain management such as:

    -Social and behavioral dynamics in SCM
    -Technological advancements in logistics and purchasing
    -Sustainability initiatives
    -Risk management and resilience strategies

    The event was headlined by a keynote speech from Prof. Nat Boso from Ghana, who shared profound insights in a presentation titled, "Co-creating Purchasing and Supply Management Knowledge: Insights from Africa."

    Following this, an exceptional session brought together editors from renowned journals in the field including the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management. Under the moderation of Sherwat Elwan Ibrahim from Egypt, the session spotlighted the unique challenges and prospects facing African scholars, offering guidance on enhancing publishability in these journals.

    Special thanks to Ade Oyedijo and Yasmine El-Henawy for organizing this pivotal initiative, and to all the participants who enriched the discussions with their feedback, support, and insights during the presentations.

    As we reflect on the enriching insights garnered, we are left with a renewed anticipation for the growth and evolution in Africa's supply chain management landscape.

  • 17 Apr 2023 17:53 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    The Department of Management is looking to recruit a Professor of Operations Management to contribute to our research culture and teaching portfolios. We are inviting applications from candidates with research interests and expertise in operations; supply chain management; sustainability; circular economy and/or digital innovations.

    Find all the details here: 

  • 04 Apr 2023 09:30 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, has a vacancy for a professor of Procurement. The Chair will focus on Procurement and Innovative Networks and will have financial support from Nevi, ie the Dutch Association of Purchasing Management, The Netherlands.

    Eindhoven University of Technology has a strong reputation in industrial engineering and innovation and had, in the past, the first academic chair on Purchasing and Supply Management.

    Information about the job profile can be found here: Part-time Full Professor In Innovative Networks (0,3 FTE) | Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (

    In case of any questions, please, feel free to contact Prof. Van Weele (

  • 24 Mar 2023 15:34 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    The purpose of this special issue on PSM education is to disseminate current research and practice in PSM education and pedagogy. The introduction of an ever-widening array of performance metrics and the increased expectations of students in a post-Covid educational landscape demands more research into how PSM education can be improved. To provide a structured and visible outlet for sharing a wide range of evolving pedagogical and teaching practices in the PSM field, it is hoped that this special issue will stimulate the development of teaching in PSM and provide a platform for future collaborative endeavours within the PSM and overall supply chain management scholarly community.

    Download the call for papers

  • 16 Dec 2022 14:00 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    IPSERA Procurement & Innovation Workshop: Exploring Private and Public Sector Crossroads
    Friday 16th December 2022 14.00-16.30 CET

    We would like to invite you to the Procurement & Innovation Workshop on Friday, 16th December 2022. The workshop is jointly hosted by two of the IPSERA Special Interest Groups: ‘Purchasing and Innovation’ and ‘Strategic Procurement in the Public Domain.

    We will discuss procurement and innovation across private and public sector settings with the participation of Louise KnightThomas E. JohnsenKostas Selviaridis and Asta Salmi

    You are wholeheartedly invited to join the workshop. You can register here:

  • 21 Jun 2022 09:01 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    Dear IPSERA Community, save the date! You are cordially invited to the IPSERA Conference 2023 that will be hosted by EADA Business School Barcelona from 2nd to 5th April 2023!

    The theme of IPSERA 2023 is Systemic Change. Please check all the details on the conference website:

  • 01 Jun 2022 09:59 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    The Italian Association of Management Engineering (AiIG) and Gianluca Spina Association (AGLS) are pleased to announce a new award for excellence and innovation in teaching in memory of Gianluca Spina, Professor of the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano.

    The instructions to participate are available here.

    Submissions are to be entered by September 5th, 2022 and sent for the attention of the President of AiIG:

    The winning entry will be announced and presented by the winner at the plenary session (where necessary online) of the AiIG Annual Scientific Meeting (October 2022), receiving a prize of € 4,000, co-funded by AiIG and AGLS.

  • 23 Mar 2022 13:40 | Frederik Vos (Administrator)

    It is with great sorrow and sadness that the IPSERA community has learned of the passing of one of our great founders and incredible members of our community. Professor Alessandro Ancarani, former President of IPSERA, and Professor Attila Chikán, IPSERA Lifetime Achievement Award winner, have written fitting tributes.   

    Mario Raffa,  former full professor of Management Engineering at the Federico II University of Naples, passed away on 10 March 2022 at the age of 75. During his long and distinguished career, Professor Raffa has influenced generations of students, scholars and professionals with his teaching skills and ground-breaking scientific research on innovation and entrepreneurship.

    He developed his university career in Italy and abroad. In particular, he spent periods of study and research in UK, United States, Japan, as well as in numerous European countries, focusing on the relationship between new technologies, entrepreneurship and organizational change both in private companies and in the Public Administration. In Italy, he paid particular attention to the Campania region with reference to the transformation phenomena of its production system. This attention has led him to actively participate in the political life of his city, also assuming the position of Councillor for Development of the Municipality of Naples from May 2008 to June 2011.

    Mario Raffa was a key figure for Management Engineering in Italy. At the Federico II University of Naples, he held, among others, the positions of President of the Board of the Degree Course in Management Engineering (from 1995 to 2002), Director of the Department of Management Engineering (from 2000-2005), Coordinator of the PhD in Management Engineering for several years, Scientific Director of ODISSEO, Observatory of Technological Innovation and Organization. From 2003 to 2008 he was Director of the Start Cup Federico II; in 2007 he was Scientific Director of the PNI-National Award for Innovation.

    His research activity - for which he has received several international awards - concerns small innovative companies, subcontracting relationships, industrial organization, entrepreneurship. He was a member and collaborator of numerous national and international scientific associations including the Italian Association of Management Engineering (AiIG) - of which he was President in the two-year period 2003-2005, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB), International Purchasing & Supply Education & Research Association (IPSERA) - of which he was one of the founders and the first promoter, as well as chair and co-coordinator of two annual conferences (Ischia, 1997; Naples, 2012).

    He has been a member of the editorial board of numerous national and international journals including the Journal of Small Business, the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, the Journal of Small Business Management.

    Since 2009 he has been the first Italian to receive the prestigious White Wilford Fellow nominated by the ICSB - International Council for Small Business, for scientific, cultural and political merits on the issues of entrepreneurship and the birth and development of new businesses. Since 2016 he has been the first Italian to be awarded the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Fellows for merits in the field of research / teaching in entrepreneurship.

    Mario Raffa was a person of great culture and sensitivity, kind and affable and a dear friend of many colleagues. He leaves a void but his lessons and dedication to scientific research will remain forever.

    Professor Chikán's Tribute:

    I join Professor Ancarani in praising the achievements of Mario and his enormous contribution to global knowledge both with his research and education. He was one of the leading figures of the generation which established global cooperation in purchasing and supply research, most prominently by founding and strengthening IPSERA.

    At my invitation he was a frequent speaker of the IFPSM Summer Schools at the turn of the millennium and always fascinated participants by his professionalism and humanity. He was a true European by culture and manner. I feel lucky to have known him. RIP.

    Professor Emeritus Attila Chikán

    Co-President of HALPIM

    Lifetime Achievement Awardee of IPSERA

  • 10 Mar 2022 09:00 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    This year's conference will be held in Sweden and hosted by Jönköping University.

    The conference  theme aims to build bridges rather than walls. We encourage boundary bridging research over borders, cross disciplines, between industry and academia and more!

    Conference homepage:

  • 09 Mar 2022 14:00 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    This workshop aims to bring together scholars and selected professionals interested in Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) (or procurement) to discuss the emerging topic of sourcing from startups.

    The importance of sourcing innovative technologies and knowledge from suppliers is well-established. A more recent challenge concerns how to scout innovations from non-traditional suppliers, including suppliers from outside existing supply networks. In this context, sourcing from innovative startup companies is emerging as an opportunity but presents new challenges and therefore new ways of managing the sourcing process. Not surprisingly, this is rapidly becoming a key research theme in purchasing and innovation.

    This workshop is part of the IPSERA Special Interest Group (SIG) on Purchasing and Innovation and is hosted by Audencia Business School and the Axys chair of Purchasing and Digital Innovation. The event will be online.

    Schedule March 9, 2022: 14:00 - 17:00 CET

    > Opening and Welcome -  Thomas Johnsen and Francois Constant

    > Academic Keynote - Stephan Wagner, Professor at ETH Zurich 

    > Practitioner Keynote 1 -  Fabian Lampe, Head of Procurement at Archlet

    > Practitioner Keynote 2 - Laurent Kinet, co-founder & CEO at Novable

    > Small Group Discussions -  Leonardo Marquez

    Register here:

    Once registered, you will receive the event link one day before the event.

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