IPSERA

International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association

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  • 18 Dec 2020 20:24 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    This Wednesday Dec 16th we held the Digitalisation Workshop, a joint effort from the IoT SIG, the Purchasing Innovation SIG and the Supply Chain Finance SIG. During four hours, over 50 participants discussed the challenges of going digital in PSM and the impact of digitalisation across research at the three SIGs.


    The event has blended the practitioner’s perspective, future thinking research questions, and fresh research from the community.

    We have learned that technologies are not magic bullets, that people is key to carry out the transition, and that understanding how humans and machines will collaborate is a fundamental issue to be tackled.  We have also learned the difference between quick-wins produced by automation and long-lasting strategic change driven by augmentation. And we have been provoked to reflect how we must change education to embed the digital trend in our teaching.

    An amazing event that is only one of the many of THE YEAR of IPSERA… Stay tuned!

    Leo Marques, IPSERA Network Manager

  • 18 Dec 2020 20:00 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    Some years ago, as part of a series of campus-wide initiatives at Erasmus University Rotterdam, we developed a dilemma game for research ethics training.

    This game uses (stylized) real-life ethical dilemmas in research to let people discuss (in small groups) alternative courses of action and exchange arguments regarding the appropriateness of these alternatives.

    The ‘serious gaming’ format is very suitable for making training sessions on research ethics highly interactive, and to let participants understand and apply codes of conduct.

    At Dutch universities, this code is The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (https://www.vsnu.nl/files/documents/Netherlands%20Code%20of%20Conduct%20for%20Research%20Integrity%202018.pdf) but the dilemma game is sufficiently versatile to be used in relation to other codes as well. In fact, myself and many others, have often used the dilemma game in training sessions internationally.

    Until recently, the game was only available as a physical card game or online PDF document.

    In order to reach a wider audience and inspire continuous attention to the topic of research integrity, the Dilemma Game has now been digitalized as an app.

    Other benefits of an app include that the game can be played individually as well, and that it is much easier to add new dilemmas to the game.

    For more background and instructions, go to: https://www.eur.nl/en/about-eur/policy-and-regulations/integrity/research-integrity/dilemma-game

    The app is available for iOS and Android.

    Finn Wynstra

  • 18 Dec 2020 19:00 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues of IPSERA, dear friends,

    the year 2020 has been very unusual to all of us. The outbreak and spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus have completely changed our way of working. Importantly, IFPSM member associations did not close their operations, instead we all had to adjust to a new situation. We shared our experiences with each other, we shared best practices, new ways of working and new ways how to manage our associations in the “new normal”.

    Since Madam President of IFPSM, Mrs Marina Lindic took over the presidency of IFPSM, we have been strongly focusing on the support to our members, on new strategy preparation for the next 3 years and on renewal of the Constitution and Regulations. We adjusted our Mission and Vision to suit better to our members. Today IFPSM’s vision is to be the global, leading platform in purchasing and supply chain management, which serves the development of the profession and member organisations. We have been also able to activate IFPSM members in all Regions: America, Africa, Asia/Pacific and Europe. The global coverage of the IFPSM network is our greatest strength!

    IFPSM has currently 45 full members; 3 affiliates, and 1 associate member. The core initiatives of IFPSM during the year have been:

    • The IFPSM Global standards (GS) new model and new promotional material (accessible here: IFPSM Global Standard 2020 A4_online.pdf)
    • New global Verification System for IFPSM certificates via a web
    • The new IFPSM strategy including Mission, Vision and updated Constitution and Regulations
    • The Sharing of the best practices of the members through regional round table sessions.

    Due to Covid-19, we needed to switch all our meetings to virtual mode. Unfortunately, we also had to reschedule the IFPSM World Summit to take place on October 12th to 15th 2021. The location is Bali, Indonesia and the event will be organized in a hybrid mode (physical & virtual). The theme of the Summit is “Leading Transformation Through Disruptive Innovations”.

    IFPSM also decided to start the building up of the new IFPSM e-Services web platform, to deliver the different services to the member association and to their individual members. The target is to launch this new service in June 2021 and the service will also include a global news channel, IFPSM News. Information about the IPSERA networks´ research studies would be most welcome!

    I am looking forward to the continuous collaboration between IPSERA and IFPSM networks of professionals. Let the year 2021 be prosperous for all of us! And please stay healthy!

    Markku Henttinen (CEO of IFPSM)

  • 18 Dec 2020 18:39 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    Rotterdam is a large port city in The Netherlands, with a strong focus on trade, logistics, and financial services and is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Rotterdam is home to Erasmus University Rotterdam, of which Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) is the business school. The largest department of the School is the department of Technology & Operations Management, of which the Supply Chain Management section is the largest section. Two chairs in Purchasing & Supply Management are located in this section: the chair of Finn Wynstra and the chair of Erik van Raaij.

    Research and teaching in the area of Purchasing & Supply Management (PSM) is concentrated around these two chairs. Specific areas of research and teaching interest are purchasing and innovation, performance-based contracting, PSM in healthcare, capital construction contracting, digital transformation of purchasing, and purchasing ethics. The two chairs are also very active in teaching (empirical) research methods and research integrity.

    At the moment, five PhD students are supervised on PSM topics, two part-time lecturers support the teaching of PSM-related courses at all levels ranging from BSc to MSc to Executive Education, and two researchers help carry out our research projects in the above areas.

    As a group, the members of the RICC at Erasmus University Rotterdam, teach in six PSM-related courses at either RSM or Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management (ESHPM). The strongest presence is in the MSc program Supply Chain Management, where 120-150 students take the core course PSM, and about 50 students take the elective Strategic Sourcing and/or Healthcare Procurement and Value Chain Management. Each year about 20-25 of these students write their MSc thesis with one of the RICC members as coach. Another 30 MSc students from ESHPM take the elective Healthcare Procurement and Value Chain Management and 4-6 write their MSc thesis on this topic.

    The RICC at Erasmus University Rotterdam has strong links to IPSERA, with Finn as former president, Erik as former organizer of the IPSERA doctoral workshop and former EB member, and all RICC members as regular participants at the IPSERA conference. The RICC also has strong links with the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, with Finn as former Editor-in-Chief, and Erik as one f the current Senior Associate Editors. A third strong link is with NEVI, the Dutch professional purchasing association, with both chairs having received or currently receiving financial support as well as support in kind from NEVI.

    The RICC at Erasmus University Rotterdam aims to support expertise development in PSM in the region and beyond in a variety of other ways. Organizing the IPSERA doctoral workshop has already been mentioned, and the organization of the annual Dutch WION workshop has been in the hands of Finn (and has now been passed on to the RICC in Maastricht). Finn currently is in charge of organizing the annual IFPSM/NEVI/IPSERA PSM Summer School.


  • 18 Dec 2020 18:23 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    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 organizations.

    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 favorite journals such as JPSM and IJOPM

    In 2020 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

  • 05 Nov 2020 00:12 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    The IPSERA Special Interest Group (SIG) in Purchasing and Innovation was created in recognition of the growing interest amongst practitioners and researchers in how purchasing can contribute to the creation of innovations within organizations.

    Just before the COVID-19 lock-down Florian Schupp organized an event at Schaeffler Automotive in Buehl (near Baden-Baden in Germany). This brought together a group of SIG researchers and a large group of participants from Schaeffler. The interplay between researchers and practitioners worked really well and it was great having not only Schaeffler procurement but also R&D participants taking part in the discussions. Thank you, Florian, for organizing this great event!

    During the COVID-19 crisis the SIG has been unable to meet physically, but the group has still been active. The call for papers for the Special Topic Forum (STF) in Purchasing & Innovation in Journal of Purchasing & Supply Management (JPSM) was published and submissions received at the end of August. Manuscripts are currently undergoing review and we look forward to the outcome of this process.


    The SIG in Purchasing & Innovation is now planning a joint PDW with the IPSERA SIGs ‘Supply Chain Finance’ and ‘Internet of Things’. On the initiative of the IPSERA board and facilitated by Leonardo, the joint event will be dedicated to digitalization in purchasing and discuss transversal themes across the SIGs. The date for this event has not yet been confirmed but it will most likely be in December so watch this space!

  • 04 Nov 2020 23:52 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    The SCM team of the Open Universiteit (SCM@ou.nl) has been a solid presence at many past IPSERA conferences. Typically, throughout the year, we help and motivate our best MSc students to turn their theses into IPSERA submissions, while encouraging them to present their work in person. During these challenging COVID times we were forced to turn virtual in everything we do.


    The Open University of the Netherlands is a world leading organization in online education and research, with students from the Euregion. The yearly Dutch and Flemish student enrolment is around 15.000. The OU is one of the top universities in the Netherlands in official University Selection Guide with respect to its master programmes. The educational programmes in management and science rank highest in the country, with several having the predicate ‘topopleiding’ (top programme). The research is formulated within the program “Learning and Innovation in Resilient Systems” (LIRS). It focuses on multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary aspects in the domains of sustainability, services and supply chain, social learning and learning regions.

    The Supply Chain Management team (core members: Kees Gelderman, Paul Ghijsen, Harold Krikke, Wim Lambrechts, Jelle Mampaey, Kim Janssens, Jos Schijns, Janjaap Semeijn) at the OU is particularly dedicated to the following themes and areas: Public Procurement/Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing/Circular Business Models/Circular Purchasing/Performance Based Contracting/Procurement in Higher Education/Sustainable Supply Chain Management/Closed Loop Supply Chains.

    Research output

    Each year, we are supervising about 40 new thesis students in the areas of Supply Chain sustainability, purchasing management, public procurement, co-creation, circular purchasing and the like. Our popularity with the distance learning students (at bachelor and master level) at the OU keeps us busy during these challenging Covid-19 times. We regularly publish with our MSc graduates as well. We supervise PhD students who focus on sustainability, circularity and public procurement. This year, we witnessed the successful PhD defenses of Victor Verboeket (3D printing & Supply chain disruption) and Petra Neessen (Circular Purchasing). Rob Vluggen is making excellent progress towards the completion of his dissertation: Public sector procurement and sustainability development.

    Publications this year appear in the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, Sustainability, British Food Journal, Journal of Public procurement, Behavioral Sciences, etc.

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) recently approved our proposal named CoLoSus (Compentences inLogistics & Sustainability). The project is granted within the Future of Work funding instrument, which is part of the NWO’s Human Capital program. The projectfocusses on innovations in learning communities in logistics and supply chain sector. We are now ready to engage two ambitious scholars in December 2020 (one PhD student and one Post Doc researcher) to explore required individual competences (related to sustainability, empowerment and resilience) for a future of sustainability in logistics and supply chains.

    Conference contributions

    The SCM team of the OU has been present at the pastIPSERA conferences, both with faculty members and master students presenting their work. Members of the team have been session chairs in the area of public procurement, buyer-supplier relationships, and sustainable supply chain management.

    In 2020, A thematic session on “Aligning elements of circular business models” was prepared at the annual and virtual NBM Conference (chairs: Harold Krikke & Wim Lambrechts). The session included the following presentations:

    • The role of buyer-supplier relationship management as a means to enhance the implementation of circular business models;
    • Can circular touch points create customer values in healthcare?

    We submitted 4 competitive papers to the IPSERA conference 2020, to be held in Knoxville. Although the conference was cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis, two papers received a special award. The paper “Successful circular purchasing: about the purchasers’ role, behaver, drivers and constraints from an individual perspective” by Neessen et al. received the overall Best Paper Award.  The  paper “The impact of buying power on corporate sustainability - the mediating role of suppliers’ traceability information” by Van Hal et al. received the IFPSM Award for Paper with Strong Managerial Implications.

    Our plans for the near future include a thematic session at the next LIRS Symposium (2021), covering topics of circular/sustainable/ethical purchasing.



  • 04 Nov 2020 23:19 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    In 2016, Professor Louise Knight and Dr Jo Meehan conducted a piece of research with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) to explore how the future supply landscape might change, and what this might mean for purchasing and supply management (PSM), as a field, and for practitioners.


    This was the first major academic study CIPS has commissioned on the future of the profession since 2003. The acceleration of a number of megatrends – for example, the climate emergency, artificial intelligence, robotics, and health and wealth inequalities formed the backdrop to the study. From the start of the study, the ambition was not to just come up with a list of issues, but to promote a rich, diverse, and critical conversation that brings academic and practitioners together.  The research has led to two reports published by CIPS, and a Notes and Debates paper in the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (JPSM) on the potential of scenario methods to PSM futures research.

    Jo and Louise adopted a method commonly used in strategy, natural sciences and engineering research, but not used in PSM - scenario development. Scenarios do not attempt to predict the future.  The method allows participants to develop several plausible futures. Doing so helps reveal the often-hidden critical uncertainties that need attention. Rather than looking backwards at dominant themes/voices to linearly predict futures, scenarios encourage consideration of complex, interacting factors with an explicit recognition that the future is malleable and open to influence.

    Working with CIPS has enabled an ongoing effort to disseminate the findings and use the findings in practice.  The empirical research was conducted before Covid-19, yet the work remains a popular and influential resource for CIPS and its members. More than ever businesses are grappling with unprecedented uncertainty. The issues explored in the research’s contrasting scenarios – technology and supply markets  resonate with topics trending in the news today including the market power of big business and the role of regional business communities.

    As stated in the JPSM paper (p.8), “Science is not limited to meticulously developing a better understanding of what is extant or has previously occurred. It is a fundamental function of science to imagine and engage with the unknown and what has not (yet) happened. Scenario planning is a valuable research technique to anticipate, shape and develop the future of PSM”. A good scenario is not about prediction – it should be thought provoking to seed rich debates. Sheena Donaldson, CIPS’s Knowledge Manager said: “The paper remains a core compass to our changing profession and is very much standing strong”.
  • 04 Nov 2020 23:08 | Nadine Kiratli (Administrator)

    Supply market orientation: A dynamic capability of the purchasing and supply management function


    Kai Foerstl, Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen, Constantin Blome & Matthias Goellner (2020). Supply market orientation: A dynamic capability of the purchasing and supply management function. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, DOI 10.1108/SCM-06-2019-0233

    Open access: https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/SCM-06-2019-0233/full/html

    Capabilities to sense supply markets are now more important than ever due to the supply chain management challenges caused by the global pandemic. As the situation has evolved companies have been able to move from mere reaction to proactive strategies and, for example, to manage and mitigate risks. However, how to develop capabilities to tackle the market dynamism is the big question.

    In our article, we conceptualize supply market orientation for the firm’s purchasing and supply management function. By studying large manufacturing and service firms in Germany, we show how supply market orientation capabilities are developed and how their application differs within and across firms. Our research can be used as a blueprint for the development of a supply market orientation capability that accommodates a firm’s unique contextual antecedents’ profile.

    Firms can pursue their strategies more effectively through supply market orientation as they sharpen their strategic focus and can thus channel efforts and investments into the most relevant resources and practices at the function and category level.  The degree of outsourcing, purchase complexity, supply base complexity, and supply market dynamism drive the emergence of supply market orientation, while the scope and focus may well differ within the same firm. For instance, depending on the purchase task (or category) firms may either focus on innovation sourcing, whereas in other categories the focus is rather on managing risks and attaining higher levels of supply base transparency.

    Firms with more advanced supply market orientation also practice internal integration more effectively as they are enabled to integrate and reconfigure internal resources and teams to reflect the needs of the respective supply environment firms are dealing with. Thus, supply market orientation helps managers assess how much integration is justified in which supply environment. This is particularly valuable because internal and supplier integration consumes resources, poses risks, and requires investments in terms of money and time. Firms can have substantial benefit if they are actively generating and exploiting supply market intelligence instead of being reactive to customer market matters and internal stakeholder demands.

  • 10 Sep 2020 16:37 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

    The Role of Public Procurement in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Submission deadline October 31st 2020 through https:/ /mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ jopproc 

    The special issue will cut across different areas of research relating to public procurement for health services including, but not limited to:

    • Public policy and procurement strategy (e.g. group purchasing and cross-border coordinated purchases)
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Vendor selection criteria
    • Use of PfI and PCP for the development of cures, apps and organizational innovations
    • Innovative initiatives, practices, procedures and organisation models of public procurement in the
    • health sector, including the procurement of medicinal products, medical devices and services
    • How to find alternative capacity and suppliers quickly under supply capacity constraints (i.e. so called reverse marketing approach in times of crisis)
    • How risk management needs to change in the future

    The Special Issue welcomes empirical research built on either primary survey data or secondary data, and case studies providing examples of how to optimize public purchasing processes. We also welcome conceptual papers (e.g. critiques of existing theories/ frameworks which may not prove relevant/useful in times of crisis).

    For the full call for paper Call for paper PDF

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