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  • 02 May 2021 22:31 | Anonymous

    The newly formed SP-PD SIG will host its first webinar on either May 25th  or 26 at 15:00 CEST. This will be the last webinar of the academic year in the new and very successful series hosted by IPSERA.

    Topic: Publishing Procurement Research in Public Administration Journals.

    In the first hour, we will bring together editors of PA journals, and researchers who have examined the role of procurement studies in PA journals, and draw on IPSERA members’ (successful and not-yet-successful) experiences of targeting PA journals. Then the panel will identify and debate the publishing opportunities and challenges for SP-PD researchers. There will be plenty of opportunity for participants to raise issues and contribute to the discussion.

    The webinar will be on Zoom and last two hours, starting at 1500 CEST. Look out for an email from IPSERA announcing the date and how to register.

  • 02 May 2021 22:24 | Anonymous

    Confronted with the Covid-19 Pandemic, ongoing research projects requiring group attendance for experiments were mummified. This affected in particular our project on gamification and decision making under uncertainty in buyer-supplier relations. Questionnaires were ready for interviews and experiments, but….no students, no groups of participants allowed.  Also planned IPSERA workshops were postponed.

    So, what did it mean? Just waiting? Biding our time? Instead, the rather unique situation where people had to face the ultimate uncertainty became topic of research. We were able to involve senior managers of 11 hotels to get involved in a 6 month 3 wave panel study. Our main research questions were “What goes on in their minds? Which topics and themes play a role? How do they invoke resilience?” 47 interviews later, we know. Our IPSERA Competitive paper describes the results: “Invoking resilience during the pandemic”. Full paper available, just send an email! And we are still working on this project, expanding the scope of the interviews. The last stage of this temporary project ends on the 1st September, when we plan to revitalise the original project on gamification. An IPSERA workshop on Gamification and decision making under uncertainty, is planned for mid-October 2021: either ’live’, on-line or a mix.

    What else did we do in the meantime? We started two new PhD projects: (1) the material and money flows between the components of the tourism filière - starting 1 September 2020 (Alishan Karimov) - and (2) Block chain technology in a sustainable food supply chain, starting right now. Both are supposed to result in IPSERA contributions, of course.

    Hence, in spite of the pandemic, we managed to keep our research going, as a sign of proper academic resilience. But of course, we keep our fingers crossed!

    Dirk-Jan F. Kamann

  • 02 May 2021 22:17 | Anonymous

    The SIG held its inaugural meeting and hosted a panel session at the recent IPSERA conference – both were very well attended, leading to lively discussions and a commitment to arrange more before too long!

    What’s in the name?  The scope of the SIG is to cover strategic procurement for organizations whose primary aim is to serve citizens, patients etc, rather than shareholders – hence the title to reflect working for the public good, not necessarily public sector based.

    Shared interests and priorities We brainstormed ideas for SIG goals and activities around 3 themes: knowledge, profile and community building. Suggestions include discussions on data collection, debating possible research outlets and the impact of our research, and building synergies within different disciplines interacting in the public domain. Our thanks to Klaas Stek for capturing the discussion and voting:

    At the end of the meeting, participants completed a small survey on their preferred goals and activities. As a first output we now have a (GDPR compliant ) list of SIG members for the members, to help networking. If you want to sign up, please email Louise Knight at

    Covid-19 and Public Procurement Panel Session Colleagues exchanged views on  the longer-term implications of the pandemic on public/healthcare procurement research. From Canada to Germany, and from the US to England and Italy, reflections were sometimes very similar and other times divergent, but above all thought-provoking. A thank you to Tara Hartley, Michael Essig, Robert Handfield, Joanne Meehan and Gian Luigi Albano for your insightful perspectives.

    A Network of PhD students A top priority for the SIG is to facilitate networking among PhD students. Please encourage students who are committed to, or contemplating, doctoral studies in SP-PD to get in contact (email They don’t have to be members of IPSERA yet – the Association is committed to student access and often provides free/discounted places/membership – we can work out a suitable arrangement.  We’ll be in contact soon with PhD students on the mailing list.

    What’s next? A webinar end of May - all are welcome!

  • 02 May 2021 21:27 | Anonymous

    As ever, we were delighted to have the opportunity to announce the annual JPSM Award winners at the IPSERA conference. The last year has been busier than ever for JPSM. In 2020, we received 433 submissions; our previous ‘best’ was 299 in 2017. This is very good news, but also means there is even more pressure on our team of highly committed Associate Editors and the diligent reviewers. So, we begin with a huge thank-you to all JPSM authors, reviewers and handling editors.

    As ever, we were delighted to have the opportunity to announce the annual JPSM Award winners at the IPSERA conference. The last year has been busier than ever for JPSM. In 2020, we received 433 submissions; our previous ‘best’ was 299 in 2017. This is very good news, but also means there is even more pressure on our team of highly committed Associate Editors and the diligent reviewers. So, we begin with a huge thank-you to all JPSM authors, reviewers and handling editors.

    This year, all the awards are shared between 2 or 3 winners:

    • Outstanding Associate Editor We wish to acknowledge the very significant contribution of two of the newest recruits to the editorial team: Guido Orzes and Andrea Patrucco. In a short time, they have dealt with rather a lot of submissions, made some difficult decisions, and exemplified JPSM’s developmental approach to the editorial process.
    • Outstanding Reviewer Based on all reviews since Jan 2019 and advice from the editorial team, and taking into account the number, quality and timeliness of reviews, three candidates stood out from what (we are pleased to report) was a long short-list: Myles Garvey, Mellie Pullman and Frederik Vos. We are extremely grateful to them, and the other reviewers who dedicate many hours each year to this crucial, ‘behind the scenes’ role.
    • Best Paper In consultation with the Associate Editors, we drew up a shortlist of the best papers published in 2020, based on the three criteria used in all editorial decisions. Six papers featured on this list. To paraphrase a comment made by one of the AEs involved in selecting the winners: they all do well on rigour; the decision rests on originality and significance – and it’s a tough choice.

    The joint winners are:

    Matteo Kalchschmidt, Sebastian Birolini, Mattia Cattaneo, Paolo Malighetti and Stefano Paleari The geography of suppliers and retailers


    Harri Lorentz, Anna Aminoff, Rikka Kaipia, Matti Pihlajamaa, Jesse Ehtamo and Kari Tanskanen
    Acquisition of supply market intelligence – An information processing perspective

    Looking ahead First, we include the slide announcing the best paper shortlist to highlight the journal’s international outlook, a strength JPSM shares with IPSERA. However it also reveals the under-representation of authors outside western Europe and north America – an issue we want to continue to try to address, and for which we welcome suggestions.

    Second, in December, we complete our second term as Editors in Chief. If all goes to plan, we will be announcing the JPSM EIC team for 2022-2024 in the summer, so there is plenty of time for the transition.

    Louise Knight and Wendy Tate
    Co-Editors in Chief, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

  • 02 May 2021 21:24 | Anonymous

    "I participated to my first IPSERA conference in 2007 in Bath. Since then, every single conference experience has been incredible, with a special mention from the hearth for the edition in Pretoria. The imprint that a community like this can leave on a person is just mind-blowing. I am not exaggerating if I say that the connections I made since that first IPSERA (Erik, Finn, Alistair, Katri, besides the Polimi team) and the ones who followed have largely influenced my career. I always thought that sooner or later I should have tried to give back, and now it seems the perfect moment. The IPSERA spirit is more alive than ever, and the association outreach has improved dramatically in the last years. Everything came naturally and I am super happy to be at service with great colleagues and friends from the EC and the community overall."

    Prof. Davide Luzzini joined IPSERA Executive Committee in April 2021.

    Davide (Ph.D., Politecnico di Milano) is Full Professor at EADA Business School (Spain). He is also adjunct professor at MIP Graduate School of Business (Italy). Previously he held positions at Audencia Business School (France) and Zaragoza Logistics Center-MIT Scale (Spain). He has international teaching experience at all levels. His research has been focusing on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management for many years. His current research deals with Social Impact Supply Chains, Food and Innovation Networks, and the orchestration of Buyer-Supplier Relationships. In his career, Davide participated in several publicly and privately funded research projects and collaborated with several companies, including IBM, Luxottica, Leonardo, Mediolanum Bank, Henkel, ABB, and Ashoka. He has published his research in several journals and serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and Operations Management Research.

    Davide is an IPSERA member since 2007 and he coordinated the Doctoral Workshop in the years 2014-2018.

  • 02 May 2021 21:15 | Anonymous

    “The past weeks I think, have shown to everyone that IPSERA is not just an annual conference, but it is an association, if not community. Even if we are only online, we still manage to produce the best sessions and create a lot of interaction between all members. As such, I’ve always felt at ease at the conference and other events because of the friends I’ve made. As an association, it is time for me to also give back to the community that I have so greatly benefited from. With your blessing, I look forward to serving on the IPSERA executive committee in any particular fashion that is deemed necessary.”

    Robert Suurmond is young researcher in the field of purchasing and supply chain management and innovation. Robert is the father of two young boys and lives and works in Maastricht. He joined IPSERA 2015 in Amsterdam for the first time and has only missed one since.

    Robert works as an assistant professor at Maastricht University’s School of Business and Economics, in the department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He holds a BSc, MSc, and PhD from RSM Erasmus University with a focus on purchasing and supply chain management. “Research-wise I focus on the intersection between supply chain, sourcing (services), and innovation. I also have a long history of work on systematic reviews and meta-analysis, including published work but also the development of software and trainings.”

    His research has been published in leading academic journals, practitioner reports, and other media outlets. He regularly serves as a reviewer of various journals and conferences and is now serving as one of the Guest Editors of the IPSERA 2021 SI for JPSM. Robert teaches in bachelor, master, PhD, and executive education at various institutions. Besides regular research and education tasks, Robert heads the MSc in Supply Chain Management as program leader.

    “The past weeks I think, have shown to everyone that IPSERA is not just an annual conference, but it is an association, if not community. Even if we are only online, we still manage to produce the best sessions and create a lot of interaction between all members. As such, I’ve always felt at ease at the conference and other events because of the friends I’ve made. As an association, it is time for me to also give back to the community that I have so greatly benefited from. With your blessing, I look forward to serving on the IPSERA executive committee in any particular fashion that is deemed necessary.

    I am very grateful for the nomination and support of the AGM to take up this role and look forward to working with the amazing EC and IPSERA wider community to take IPSERA into the next 30 years.

    In particular I want to make sure that we can carry the 30 years of IPSERA’s friendly traditions of comradery and actually constructive feedback on to the next 30 years and ensure that the next generation of diverse IPSERA members and participants also become a part of this."

  • 02 May 2021 21:09 | Anonymous

    #IPSERASpirit live, bright and expanding

    I am honored to start my term as Vice-President of IPSERA. This community embraced me in 2013 when I attended the Doctoral Workshop in lovely Nantes, France. There I met IPSERA members that became colleagues, co-authors, and great friends. The community has taught me a lot; and, since 2018, I have been lucky to serve at the Executive Committee.

    I am humbled be considered up to the post, challenged to keep up the great work done by those that preceded me, and energized by an amazing Executive Committee led by our President Donna Marshall with Antonella Moretto, Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen, Frederik Vos, George Zsidisin, Hakan Karaosman, Jenny Bäckstrand, Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen, Nadine Kiratli; and most recently, Davide Luzzini and Robert Suurmond. I could not write an incoming message without citing the EC members. I should also pay my gratitude to Michael Henke, Steve Kelly and Niels Uenk. The last years taught me that IPSERA is sustained by team effort and collegiality.

    Early April we have successfully closed the #IPSERAConference 2021, which marked our first online conference and our 30th birthday celebration – two respectable achievements. Feedback tells us we have manage to adapt to troubled times while keeping the community engaged and ensuring the financial health of our association. We, as a community, should all be proud and enjoy a nice sense of accomplishment as we read this Newsletter. 

    In the years to come, we should advance on embracing diversity and enhancing our global reach and impact – at education and research fronts. We should also explore new ways to foster engagement in-between conferences – either online or offline, now that we have mastered ‘the beast’, and for that we need help from the whole community in finding innovative ways to connect, stay together, and share knowledge.

    Happiness and joy fill my heart thinking that I have been giving the opportunity to keep serving our community so full of #IPSERASpirit ! Hope to catch up soon!

    Leonardo Marques

    IPSERA Vice President

  • 02 May 2021 20:38 | Anonymous

    It was an amazing IPSERA conference. I was absolutely dreading the conference. I had months of sleepless nights thinking the technology would let us down. I had images of queues of people and a full inbox of demands for refunds. But, if anything, the opposite happened. The technology was great, the platform worked really well and my inbox has been full of messages of positivity and support.   

    There are so many highlights from this conference and I’d like to just mention a few. The panels Wendy organised, and seemed to mostly host as well, were incredibly insightful.  Hakan Karaosman’s fashion panel with some of the top names in fashion and in fashion research was incredible, the Dean’s panel and the two sustainability panels were definitely highlights for me.

    I wish I could have cloned myself as there were so many things I wanted to attend but couldn’t. I’ve heard great things about all the panels, including the Meet the Editors Panel, Public Procurement Panel, Ethics and Sustainability Panel and Teaching Sustainability Panel, Sining Panel and the Re/Near/Offshoring Panel; and the incredible workshops including the Meta-Analysis Workshop, Sourcing Strategies and Circular Economy Workshop, Sourcing Services and Service Supply Chains Workshop, Healthcare Purchasing and Supply Management Workshop, Experimental Design Workshop,  so congratulations to everyone involved and in particular to Jenny Backstrand and Arni Hallderson who also seemed to be hosting quite a few of these workshops!

    Two highlights for me were getting to see everyone and to reminisce about the 30 years of IPSERA and marvel at our friends in the IPSERA’s Got Talent event and also Robert Suurmond and Steve Kelly’s Everything IPSERA Quiz.  I am being incredibly biased when I say I’ve never seen social occasions work too well on zoom but I think we cracked it and the IPSERA spirit really shone through.

    The standard of the research presentation I attended was also so high. I was in four papers from Masters students, Fanny Chen at Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and Benjamin, Shantal, Dolf and Polien, Masters students of Klass Stek at Twente, Cassia Yamanaka who is working with Leo Marques at Coppead and Feigao Huang, Ryan Lile and Sarha Nur, working with Andrea Sordi and Wendy Tate.  The standard of their work was amazing given that they are only just starting this rigorous academic journey. We often think of our PhDs being our youngest, or at least earliest IPSERA group but the Masters really seem to be picking up the pace too. So definitely a community to watch out for in the future.

    I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Wendy Tate.  For those of you who know Wendy, you will know that she is nothing short of a superwoman.  Not only has she been organising two conferences, the physical conference in Knoxville and the online conference, but also managing, organising and chairing so many panels and workshops, and having unceasing energy throughout the conference.  Wendy, the whole of IPSERA stands up and applauds you for the truly amazing job you have done. 

    I’d also like to thank Ryan Lile for being such a support to Wendy and for organising and directing all the stage management.  You were such a great part of the organising team. And, I’d like to thank all our stage managers, who kept the whole conference running, who made sure everyone could get into the sessions, were able to present and could ask questions.  You were the backbone of the conference and our heartfelt thanks go out to you all.

     Ryan Lile – Director of Stage Managers

    Annie Dohmen

    Avril Sun

    Favour Mba

    Faygao Huang

    Georgios Vousinas

    Guido Orzes

    Iryna Maliasina

    Jade Chu

    Jan Spreitzenbarth

    Junwoo Cha

    Mark Soleski

    Thu Trang Hoang

    I’d also like to say thank to the amazing Executive Committee and in particular, Fred Vos, Leo Marques, Jenny Backstrand and Hakan Karaosman who took on the mammoth task of getting to grips with the platform, organising training, taking over trouble shooting, constantly updating and communicating with the community and ensuring the smooth running of the conference.  You were absolutely amazing and we can’t thank you enough. 

    I’d also like to give a special thanks to the IPSERA’s Got Talent Team: Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen, Hakan Karaosman, Helen Walker and Olly Kennedy. And also to the Everything IPSERA Quiz organisers and masters Robert Suurmond and Steve Kelly.  

    And a big thank you to the rest of the Executive Committee for all they were doing behind the scenes of the conference including Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen, Antonella Morretto, George Zsidisin, Marika Tuomela-Pyykkönen, Nadine Kiratli, Niels Uenk And Steve Kelly, and who have worked almost non-stop over the past year to keep our community going.

    A huge thank you also goes to our wonderful sponsors: Nevi, the top purchasing and supply network in the Netherlands; and our amazing Supply Chain Finance Community. The support you gave us really provided us with so much comfort and made sure that we could make financial decisions that had a major positive impact on our community.  Nevi, for example, sponsored all the Dutch PhDs so they could attend the IPSERA conference for free. Thank you so much!

    My final and biggest thank you as always, goes to our incredible IPSERA community. Our amazing panelists and attendees, workshop hosts and participant and session chairs and presenters. You make this conference every year. Without your support, your research, your incredible presentations and the amount of energy and fun you bring, this would just be another run-of-the-mill conference.  You have make it into something unique and special and I am so proud and humbled to be part of this incredible, insightful, wise and fun community.

    We will hopefully see you all next year for IPSERA in Jönköping, to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Sweden’s beautiful lake district!

    Donna Marshall

    IPSERA President

  • 04 Mar 2021 00:13 | Anonymous

    “I think Covid19 has forced me to be more efficient and hone my time management skills as I juggle many responsibilities from home.”

    Although Covid19 has changed many aspects of daily life, including work and research, I choose to focus on the opportunities it has created. The pandemic has basically forced us to conduct our interactions virtually, but without that, I may never have had the opportunity to participate in IPSERA events. As a wife, a mother of four young children, and full-time assistant professor, while also a doctoral student, I may not have been able to take the time away and travel to the doctoral workshop as a student this year. However, because it is virtual, it is an honor to have been accepted and a privilege to participate.

    As a doctoral student, I am a novice researcher. So although I have little with which to compare my experience, Covid19 has created a shift in virtual data collection for qualitative data. I will be conducting virtual focus groups instead of traditional face-to-face interviews. I will be interacting with my research committee via video conferencing and emails instead of in-person meetings and presentations. I think Covid19 has forced me to be more efficient and hone my time management skills as I juggle responsibilities. Participating in an accountability group with fellow researchers in my doctoral cohort has been key to staying focused and accomplishing weekly goals towards my research. Additionally, doctoral workshops, like IPSERA, are incredibly valuable in providing feedback and encouraging deeper analysis of my study design.

    Honey Zimmerman, CPSM, C.P.M.

    UMSL-DBA student

    “When one door closes, another opens. If that one closes, there is a window. If the window will not open, hammers work well.”

    COVID-19 has been a challenge for almost all of us. It has also shed light to those not familiar with supply chain management as to the criticality of our field in supporting humankind. One can argue that some of the developments with Industry 4.0 technologies have been beneficial for improving supply chain performance and hence, our capabilities and successes in overcoming many of the obstacles arising from the pandemic. Honey Zimmerman’s dissertation is getting to the core of our understanding in how Industry 4.0 technologies, in conjunction with the relationships cultivated between supply chain entities, support and facilitate inter-organizational efforts to procure, produce and distribute products and services needed for us to endure these challenging times. My hunch is that she will try to open the second door first before wielding the hammer.

    George A. Zsidisin, Ph.D., CPSM, C.P.M.

    John W. Barriger III Professor

    University of Missouri – St. Louis

  • 04 Mar 2021 00:00 | Anonymous

    "A two-sided coin: tough challenges in the last year, but valuable opportunities ahead"

    The Covid19 pandemic has deeply affected our day-to-day activities. To many of us, it meant a life-changing event. Coping with an overload of housework and hygiene procedures while caring for a relative with a sudden severe illness that eventually passed away had a significant impact in the research progress. PhD colleagues experienced varied impact: those dealing with children’s homeschooling reported increased stress, others experienced depression due to isolation.

    The impact on research was not only characterized by effects of psychological issues, but also by changes in the objects of study as firms adapting to the crisis naturally reduced their openness to interview and data access. Those researchers caught in the stage of fieldwork found themselves facing stronger restrictions to collect data. Some colleagues even pivoted the research topic to focus on the evolution and impacts of Covid19 in businesses.

    Despite the challenges, we could find a lot of support from faculty and colleagues. In our case, the adaption to online teaching was fast, and the use of online meetings and classes were fundamental to motivate the cohort and contribute to the advancement of research and learning. Opportunities in online teaching supported our careers.

    It is expected that some procedures for Covid19 prevention will be maintained throughout 2021 and a mix of in-person and online activities will be here to stay, given the advantages of remote activities such as attending webinars from anywhere in the world for a reduced cost. In addition, the intensification of online tools can help students and scholars to better communicate research impact and nurture multidisciplinary and international collaboration. In this sense, academic conferences and seminars can be a structural support to PhD students and new ways of online networking within academia could be developed to further expand opportunities for co-authorship and development for early career researchers.

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