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  • 04 Sep 2020 10:30 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    The editors of leading operations and supply chain journals have hosted a workshop entitled, “Crafting an Effective Review.”

    You can view the workshop here; Recorded workshop 

    This workshop is designed for participants who are interested in becoming involved with a journal as a reviewer, as well as for experienced reviewers who would like to hone their reviewing skills. Topic covered include:

    • Why serve as a journal reviewer?
    • Ethical responsibilities of reviewers
    • Developmental reviewing
    • Plagiarism and other wrongdoings
    • Key questions to ask when doing a review
    • How to effectively structure a written review
    • Q&A

    Participating editors include:

    International Journal of Operations and Production Management
    Constantin Blome
    Rob Klassen

    Journal of Business Logistics
    Beth Davis-Sramek

    Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
    Louise Knight
    Wendy Tate

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:44 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    IPSERA Spirit Through Adversity

    It is an honour to be the new President of our wonderful community.  I began my membership of IPSERA in 1997, on the beautiful island of Ischia, and was ushered into a community that I had no idea I would still be part of 23 years later. I have come to realise how lucky I am to be part of such an incredible group of people. A group of people who are thoughtful, supportive, and extremely talented. 

    As we go through this uncertain time in our lives, I believe it is the IPSERA spirit, the bedrock of our association, that will help us to thrive. IPSERA is community that not only tolerates but celebrates diversity, openness and inclusion and allows people to truly be who they are and to bring all aspects of themselves to our community, which makes it vibrant, lively and great fun.

    Michael, as well as our past Presidents, Helen, Veli-Matti, Dirk-Jan, Alessandro and beyond, as well as our IPSERA Executive Committee and Association Members have helped to foster a community that excels at cutting-edge, daring and insightful purchasing and supply research and education, while fostering the ideas of impact, practical application and engaging with our stakeholder communities.

    Over the next year, we will be updating the strategy for IPSERA and we need the voice of our community to ensure that the strategy is community-driven and developed for the benefit of all. I would particularly welcome our Masters and PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty at the beginning of their careers, to get in touch and help us shape a community that benefits you and that you can be proud of.

    For the first time in our history, our conference will be online. Times of immense upheaval are ripe for reflection, redesign and transformation. With your help and advice, we can create an online conference that truly helps us individually and as a community. Your ideas and advice are invaluable for making this happen.

    Again, it is my absolute pleasure to be President of this association and I hope that together we can use the IPSERA spirit to make sure our community thrives.  

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:42 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Hakan Karaosman is a sustainability management professional and award-winning researcher focusing on fashion supply chain sustainability. He began his career writing corporate reports on carbon footprint and social responsibility. He has been pursuing an academic career since 2013 and focuses on environmental and social justice in and across fashion supply chains. He has published a number of academic papers, book chapters, teaching cases and industrial reports.

    He was the coordinator of the Manifesto: Unlocking Responsible Luxury, annual knowledge series published by Politecnico di Milano School of Management. He has also contributed to Forbes, The Guardian, Vogue Italia, Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Revolution, Financial TimesxThe Next Web, Fashinnovation, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica.

    In February 2020, European Commission Research Executive Agency awarded Hakan with the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship award for the multi-stakeholder action research project, FReSCH (Fashion’s Responsible Supply Chain Hub) that he conducts with Prof. Donna Marshall at University College Dublin. He has served as a knowledge contributor for various multi-stakeholder actions, including State of Fashion 2018 - Searching for New Luxury, Sustainable Thinking Exhibit by Salvatore Ferragamo, Shaping a Sustainable Digital Future by PRADA, A New Awareness, andEnhancing Transparency and Traceability of Sustainable Value Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector by UNECE. He holds BSc. in Environmental Engineering, MSc. in Management in Engineering of Energy and Environment and double degree Ph.D. in Industrial Management.

    Hakan has been appointed as the Brand Management Director and will be responsible for developing and managing the brand strategy and value-adding activities for IPSERA. This branding strategy will be used to identify and further use the resources and capabilities within the IPSERA community.

    ‘I am humbled and honoured to be part of the IPSERA family. Not only has IPSERA been utilising robust and rigorous scientific research as an instrument to help overcome some of the profound mismatches between practical and academic languages, but it also forges a path to show how to embrace diversity, equality and inclusivity. I am thrilled to be working within the executive committee alongside with some very special people under the world-class leadership of Donna Marshall’, states Hakan.

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:39 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    George A. Zsidisin, Ph.D. (Arizona State University), CPSM, is the John W. Barriger III Professor and Director of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Research (SCR3) Institute at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.Professor Zsidisin’s research focuses on how firms assess and manage risk associated with supply disruptions and price volatility in their supply chains.

    He has published over 80 research and practitioner articles and seven books, including Supply Chain Risk: A Handbook on Assessment, Management and Performance; Managing Commodity Price Volatility: A Supply Chain Management Perspective; Handbook for Supply Chain Risk Management: Case Studies, Effective Practices, and Emerging Trends; and Revisiting Supply Chain Risk. His research on supply chain risk has been funded by the AT&T Foundation and IBM, and he has received numerous awards, such as from the Institute for Supply Management, Deutsche Post, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the Decision Sciences Institute. Further, he is one of the founding members of the International Supply Chain Risk Management (ISCRiM) network, teaches and leads discussions on supply chain management and risk with various Executive Education Programs and numerous companies in the U.S. and Europe, is co-Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management and serves on the Editorial Review Board for several academic supply chain journals.

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:35 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Sorry to miss you this year!

    As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting hard everywhere. We are sorry to miss our fellow colleagues at our yearly conference, but are eager to meet you again as soon as we can!

    In the meantime, the topic of Supply Chain Finance (SCF) is becoming more relevant than ever. Liquidity scarcity and supply chain issues are exacerbated by the pandemic, and a solid integration between procurement, supply chain and financial strategies is becoming vital for many companies throughout the world.

    We have not sit idle. Members of the SIG have been active in disseminating their knowledge, especially through practitioners (but we guess academic article won’t take much longer!). For example, our colleagues and SIG members Federico Caniato and Antonella Moretto have co-authored a piece on Harvard Business Review titled “A financial crisis is looming for smaller suppliers”.

    Through the SCF Community (who co-manages the SIG) outlets we have provided practitioners with several pieces of information on SCF and COVID, including several articles and webinars including speeches by Michael Henke, Michiel Steeman and Viktor Elliot, all available for free on the SCF Briefing website.

    Working hard on keeping in contact

    In this uncertain environment accurate predictions have become critically difficult to make. Usually, the SIG meets in November, the day before the main SCF Community event, to present paper ideas and discuss what’s going on in the SCF area. This year, this will likely not be possible.

    However, we are preparing to host the now-traditional SIG meeting in online form. Can’t promise anything right now, but you will hear from us!

    Participation to the SIG, in whatever form, has always been and will remain free of charge this year as well. The SIG meeting is open to anyone interested in research implications or academic collaboration on SCF (in its broadest understanding).

    If you are interested in joining the SIG meeting or, more in general, to remain in contact with us, please contact Luca Gelsomino (

    The Special Interest Group on Supply Chain Finance

    The SIG on Supply Chain Finance (SCF) is a group created in October 2017 and led by the SCF Community (  as part of the activities of the IPSERA network, in recognition of the growing interest amongst researchers (and practitioners) towards SCF and, more in general, the integration between finance and supply chain.

    As the number of submissions to the IPSERA conference on the topic of SCF increases every year, researchers in this field feel the need to build a network that can strengthen relationship and foster academic collaboration.

    The SIG, therefore, has three aims:(i) provide opportunities for discussion and reflection on research implication on the SCF topic, (ii) a platform to better define and organise SCF-related inputs and contributions within the IPSERA conference and (iii) foster collaboration opportunities (e.g. cross-university publications, friendly review, early stage exchange of ideas) between members.

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:33 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    EIPM is a school dedicated to Purchasing & Supply Management (PSM). Our mission is to serve our clients by deploying knowledge in PSM to contribute to sustainable value creation for different stakeholders. With branches in Geneva and Shanghai and partnerships in Brazil, India, Mexico, North America, Poland and the United Arab Emirates, the Institute has developed a complete range of solutions to meet the training and development needs of its large base of international clients in all sectors of industry. EIPM is also operating the EIPM Peter Kraljic award that requires company to go through a demanding assessment process that include a validation visit by two trained assessors.

    On the research side, EIPM is making continuous investment in and contribution to research.  In 2020, we have been celebrating the 5th anniversary of the EIPM Value Creation Observatory. Over the past years we have addressed a diversity of topics including Innovation, The internet of Things, Shared Value Creation or Open Hardware. Our research builds on our network of CPOs and Practitioners but also on academic collaborations that have involved other IPSERA members. As we believe in openness and collaboration, we also support IPSERA SIGs whenever possible.

    While 2020 has led us to study the response of PSM organisation to the pandemic and the lockdowns; it is also the year we launch our new book “Fifth Generation Purchasing” that describe our vision for the profession. The changing business landscape calls for new ways of thinking and acting within purchasing. Purchasing organisations cannot focus purely on leveraging scale and power to optimise costs they also need to work in sync with both their stakeholders and external partners to deliver timely value. They need to harness pace and speed to obtain an advantage for the business and capture opportunities in the market at the right time. The book describes six work modes and offers a wealth of interviews and practical tools. We hope this will inspire further debates and research as temporal perspective deserves more study in the PSM research community.

    For any questions, feel free to contact us. Hervé Legenvre will be glad to answer you

  • 02 Sep 2020 09:18 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    The world has certainly changed in the past few months! Throughout these changes, hopefully all of you are safe and healthy. We wanted to send a brief note to let you know that we are managing the increasing flow of manuscripts at JPSM and hope that you will consider your own submissions. With these very interesting times comes interesting research opportunities. Our journal impact factor was announced in June and has increased to 4.640 putting us in the middle of the pack with the top supply chain journals.

    We highly value JPSM’s close relationship with IPSERA, which dates back to the two institutions’ founding. For us, it means that there is a close-knit community of scholars that contribute to the success of JPSM through authorship, engaged editorship and reviewing. We highly value this community and hope to continue our strong and engaged relationship.

    We very much missed catching up with the IPSERA-JPSM community in Knoxville, and hope you, your family, friends and colleagues have been spared the suffering experienced by so many during the ongoing pandemic. Had we met in Knoxville, we would have had the pleasure of announcing this year’s JPSM awards at the conference dinner on Monday night at Jackson Terminal. The night would have included line dancing, “real” east Tennessee cooking, and a moonshine tasting!

    We also missed the JPSM annual meeting, traditionally held immediately before the conference opens. Here are a few facts and figures from the annual report we would have presented. Since 2016, the metrics are quite stable. The number of submissions remains just short of 300 per year, though for 2020 we already have 265, suggesting academics are catching up on their writing while in lockdown. Desk reject rates rose to 72%. At 40 weeks, the average time from submission to final editorial outcome in 2019 is much the same at in 2018 and 2017. This is higher than we would like ideally, but reflects the considerable effort by authors, reviewers and handling editors to develop submissions, often over several rounds - high added-value but not quick to deliver!

    Having risen steadily, JPSM’s ISI Impact Factor dipped for 2018, and then risen again significantly for 2019. This is pleasing, but not a primary focus. We continue to aim towards:

    • a steady increase in the quality of articles (significance, originality, rigour)
    • alongside empirical articles, publishing a range of other articles which, for example, make conceptual contributions or develop research agenda
    • publishing articles which ‘push boundaries’, through novel topics or methodologies, through interdisciplinary research etc

    The world of academic publishing is undergoing a huge transformation affecting all journals, driven in part by technology and in part by changing policy among governments, HE institutions and research agencies. Our decisions to accept papers are not constrained by article or page budgets. We can accept as many (or few) as the editorial team agree, and these are now published online as soon as the proofs are corrected. Articles are now numbered (rather than labelled with volume + issue + page numbers), and where appropriate collated into ‘virtual special issues’ (VSI) available via ‘Article Collections’ [].

    One area that we know is causing some confusion is open access and fees to publish. JPSM authors have never had to pay, and still don’t. For most papers we publish, full text access is restricted to readers with subscription access to JPSM. Authors can however choose to pay a fee when their paper is accepted, and then the full text of the article is available without charge via the JPSM website. []. Open Access, Plan S etc. will drive further change in the sector, some of which will no doubt affect JPSM – we will keep you posted!

    Our first VSI was published recently, to mark JPSM’s 25th anniversary. It provides a great mix of articles, some looking back, others looking to future, some empirical and others focused on theory, method or pedagogy. The editorial and all the articles can be accessed here [] directly, without subscription (till April 2021). For an overview of the various articles see pages 1 to 4 of the editorial. Do take a look!

    In the latter part of the editorial, we reflect on JPSM progress and our plans for its future development. In our view, the PSM academic community has developed the scope and quality of its research and teaching enormously in the last 25 years. Now we need to take this still further, and do so faster than before. We need to broaden the portfolio of topics and methods in use, to strengthen the impact and influence of PSM research and pedagogy. We need to contribute effectively to addressing grand challenges and developing new ways of doing business. In the editorial, we wrote of ‘business-not-as-usual’, having in mind in particular climate change. Since then, of course, we now face the covid-19 pandemic, which gives even greater import and urgency to developments within our field. We aim to support and guide this development by continuing to encourage ‘boundary pushing’ research.

    We look forward to receiving many submissions in the year to come, whether more traditional or innovative, and either for our regular issues or in response to one of our open calls on PSM & innovation, or on learning from the pandemic [Call for Papers: Purchasing and Supply Management learning from the pandemic: transforming for better crisis management]

    Best wishes --

    Louise Knight and Wendy Tate --
    Co-Editors-in-Chief and members of the JPSM editorial team

  • 18 Aug 2020 17:03 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Please join the editors of leading operations and supply chain journals as they host a workshop entitled, “Crafting an Effective Review.” This workshop is designed for participants who are interested in becoming involved with a journal as a reviewer, as well as for experienced reviewers who would like to hone their reviewing skills. Topic that will be covered include:

    • Why serve as a journal reviewer?
    • Ethical responsibilities of reviewers
    • Developmental reviewing
    • Plagiarism and other wrongdoings
    • Key questions to ask when doing a review
    • How to effectively structure a written review
    • Q&A

    This workshop will take place on Thursday, August 20 at 9:00 am EDT (15:00 CET). There is no charge, and pre-registration is not required. You can join the workshop by clicking on the following Zoom link:

    If asked for a password, please use ‘review.’ Please make sure that you save this information on your calendar if you would like to participate in the workshop.

    Participating editors include:

    International Journal of Operations and Production Management
    Constantin Blome
    Rob Klassen

    Journal of Business Logistics
    Beth Davis-Sramek

    Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management
    Louise Knight
    Wendy Tate

    Journal of Supply Chain Management
    Barbara Flynn

    If you have any questions or would like further information about the workshop, please contact Barb Flynn (

  • 03 Aug 2020 13:42 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management, has an opening for a tenure system assistant professor to start in the 2021-2022 academic year. The department will consider all candidates with expertise in any of the three primary supply chain areas i.e., logistics/transportation, operations, sourcing. Depending on the candidate’s qualifications and fit, the individual will be housed in one of these areas. As part of the application packet, candidates should include a cover letter that clearly indicates the specific supply chain area that they wish to be considered for. While expertise in multiple areas, and their interaction, would be an asset, please choose only one area of primary focus in the application.

    Duties include research, teaching, and service. All candidates must have the ability to teach at the undergraduate and MBA levels and a demonstrated record (or potential) of research excellence in supply chain management. Salary and terms are negotiable depending on experience. The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university.

    Specific expertise that MSU is seeking in the three areas include, but are not limited, to the following:

    • Logistics/transportation: contemporary logistics managerial decision-making, strategic warehousing/distribution management, last mile logistics fulfillment, maritime and port logistics management, logistics strategy
    • Operations: process improvement & design; innovation & new product development; emerging technology management; sustainability; service operations in contexts such as healthcare, retail; humanitarian operations; behavioral operations
    • Purchasing/procurement/sourcing: supply chain risk management, supply networks, leveraging supplier capabilities, buyer-supplier relationships, green procurement, electronic sourcing

    For all three areas, candidates with business analytics among their research methods expertise will be given priority.

    Review of applications will begin August 12, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted online at: Refer to posting #663149.

    For additional information, please contact Dr. Yemisi Bolumole ( or Dr. Tobias Schoenherr (, Search Committee Co-Chairs.

    More information on the SCM Department is available at MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications/nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

  • 30 Jun 2020 08:51 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    Dear IPSERA friends and family,

    Now my IPSERA presidency is over, three wonderful years have come to an end. My last official appearance was at the end of May in the virtual AGM, where - due to the Corona pandemic a bit different than usual - I passed the baton on to Donna, a certainly excellent new president! Donna gave a great farewell speech with voices from the Committee, which I really enjoyed and which I will look back on from time to time in the future.

    Long before that I was already a member of the Executive Committee. I have always wished to bring IPSERA to Dortmund and in 2016 we organised the IPSERA Annual Conference here, part of the programme took also place in the stadium of Borussia Dortmund J One year later, in 2017, I became President and was able to lead through the conferences in Hungary, Athens and Milan. All in all I gained a lot of amazing experiences and learned a lot at IPSERA. I have also made many new friends. It was an honour and a pleasure for me to give IPSERA back a little bit of what I got from this unique network. It was fun with you, colleagues!

    I will not withdraw completely, I will remain active. I hope to see you again in person in Knoxville next year at the latest.

    Yours, Michael.

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