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  • 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.

  • 26 Feb 2022 16:00 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    "Since attending my first IPSERA conference in Nantes in 2013, I have been honoured to be part of this vibrant, friendly, and supportive community. With my new role on the Executive Committee I have taken over responsibility for IPSERA news from the wonderful, Nadine Kiratli. Please do send items for the newsletters to and also make use of our increasing social media presence on Twitter, Linkedin and Facebook."

  • 27 Jan 2022 16:00 | Davide Luzzini (Administrator)

    You are invited to join the forthcoming IPSERA Workshop 'Towards Systemic Change' on 27th January at 15.00 GMT, 16.00 CET. This IJOPM special issue information session is free and open to everyone so please extend the invitation and invite your networks.

    In this workshop, we will discuss how operations and supply chain management of socially driven enterprises contribute to change making. 


    • Introduction to the IJOPM special issue (Annachiara Longoni, ESADE)
    • Basics of social impact supply chains  (Mellie Pullman, University of Groningen)
    • The concept of systemic change (Davide Luzzini, EADA)
    • The social entrepreneur perspective (Gemma Sunyer, Fundación Ana Bella)

    Useful links:

  • 08 Oct 2021 17:25 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Dear IPSERA friends and family,
    We cordially invite you to the forthcoming IPSERA workshop on Internet of Things (IoT).

    This workshop gives our members the opportunity to present papers and ideas; to receive feedback ahead of the conference. There will be no invited speakers, there will be no keynote speeches. The microphone will be yours!

    Our future IoT events will offer various formats, e.g., panels, keynote discussions, but this November workshop is research driven and we would like to hear your projects, research, and ideas.

    Those that wish to present a paper shall get in touch with by the 8th of November.

    Registration is open to the IPSERA members. You are wholeheartedly encouraged to present your work, take part in the discussion, and help our community grow.

    IoT is about curiosity, openness, and friendship

    Back in 2017, IPSERA conference was in Hungary. We had our first SIG meeting and our first PDW on the internet of things. We felt that we needed to bring together members of the IPSERA community together. And the intent was nothing less than grandiose. It was expressed in a short opening we wrote and shared at that time

     “The Internet of thing (IOT) will bring a tectonic change in the structure of industries in the next 20 years. More disruptions and value chains reconfigurations must be anticipated. We have only seen the first sparks of a broad transformation. Many industry architectures will be significantly and sometime radically transformed”

    And we claimed that we needed to study how “PSM functions will evolve on the forefront of such business-critical changes.”

    Since 2017, we have pursued our exchanges through physical and virtual sessions; we discussed many times the scope of the SIG and we kept it rather open. We are interested in the role of PSM in sourcing digital capabilities and we are also interested in how digital technologies shape PSM organisations.

    Through SIG & PDW we want to stimulate the international exchange of curiosity and experience among young and experienced researchers. The regular, open and friendly exchange of research approaches, methods, views and early research results on this complex topic, which will have a lasting impact on and change purchasing, appears to be increasingly important for participants to strive for open and holistic views. In addition, the early exchange of research projects stimulated and consolidated further work and cooperation among the members. 

    We shared our research interests; our research papers and we also built some common tools for data collection. We often discussed future research questions but most importantly we built a friendly and open network of academics who shared knack for technology, and it impact on SCM and PSM. Over time we have turned conversations into collaborations and landed a few papers in in our favourite journals such as JPSM and IJOPM

    In 2020 and 2021 with the pandemic we kept our meeting virtual. It was great to see the faces of everyone smiling as we were joining our virtual sessions. It felt nice comforting and motivating to be altogether sharing news, interest, and research work.

    Today the IPSERA IoT SIG might sound like a place where we talk about technology, but it is first and foremost an agora were curiosity, openness, and friendship blends together.

    And …. We will meet again!

    Michael Henke, Hervé Legenvre & Herbert Ruile

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