International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association


IPSERA wants to promote community building and competence development within the network also between the Annual IPSERA Conferences. Workshops and other events organized by IPSERA members help to achieve that goal.

These workshops can last anything between one afternoon and two days, may be targeted at an audience of practitioners or academics or both, and may be international or not. IPSERA membership is not always required to be able to participate, but does give you rebates on possible registration fees. Workshops with IPSERA funding will typically be organized by an IPSERA RICC or SIG, but workshops organized by other active IPSERA members can also apply for funding.

Ipsera provides bursaries for PhD students. These bursaries are available in the menu under 'Bursaries'.

Workshop Organising Pack and Funding

IPSERA provides small grants to organise workshops and small events. The workshop or event must be open to members and has to be advertised to the network. For those members who would like to organize an event, please e-mail the network manager in the Executive Committee at network@ipsera.com.

Workshops may receive a funding of up to EUR 750.


Upcoming events

    • 30 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom (online) (Time is CET)

    How is Covid-19 impacting sustainable supply chain and procurement initiatives?

    Recent supply chain disruptions exposed vulnerabilities and critical problems of supply chains all over the world across which justice, fairness and inclusion are not ensured for all. Central banks have been giving money without any sustainable supply chain or procurement considerations with money being funnelled to companies with no strings attached, meaning capital for some of the most exploitative companies and industries in the world.

    Hear how researchers in IPSERA are investigating the impacts of Covid 19 and other disasters on sustainable supply chain and procurement practices and whether or not sustainable supply chain and procurement initiatives can survive knee-jerk reactions from companies and governments in troubled times. 

    Become a member (only €50) and join this and future workshops (see https://ipsera.com/Year-of-IPSERA_Overview) for free!  All PhD students have free access just email proof of PhD status to membership@ipsera.com

    SCHEDULE (4 PM - 6 PM CET):

    Welcome note: 10 min introduction by Prof. Donna Marshall

    SESSION 1 - Brief presentations: 10-15 mins to highlight challenges and opportunities & panel talk (4:10 pm- 5 pm CET)

    Presentation 1: How Covid-19 has Exposed Brand Instrumentalism and Supplier Collaboration in the Fashion Industry

    • By Dr. Hakan Karaosman
    • Summary: We aim to explore the effect of Covid-19 on SME suppliers across different tiers of the supply chain. The research identifies internal and external response mechanisms at the brand and supplier levels while revealing tensions and opportunities that emerge between supply chain actors. Finally, it shows how sustainable purchasing and supply practices can help to build more resilient and responsible fashion supply chains.

    Presentation 2:  Activist Research on Sustainable Seafood Supply Chains: Where do we push the buttons?

    • By Prof. Mellie Pullman and Dr. Lucy McCarthy
    • Summary: Biodiversity issues have been neglected as a focal issue in sustainability supply chain management. As our oceans are in grave danger of ecosystem collapse, seafood supply chains require our attention. But as activist researchers, where can we get access and make the most impact

    Presentation 3:  A look at social impact supply chains in times of Covid

    • By Dr. Annachiara Longoni & Dr. Davide Luzzini
    • We will reflect on how social enterprises can build a resilient ecosystem for social impact and on the crucial role of stakeholder relationships management.

    Panel: Practitioner talk

    • By Thomas Udesen - CPO Bayer and Founder of Sustainable Procurement Pledge
    • Oliver Hurrey, Responsible Supply Chain Expert and Founder of Multiple Responsible Supply Chain Forums

    Partial Wrap-up: 10 mins by Dr. Leonardo Marques

    SESSION 2 – Think Tank Breakout rooms (5pm - 6pm CET)

    • 45 mins to discuss challenges and opportunities
    • Summary of main points from each group

    Final Wrap-up and Next Steps: 10 mins by Dr. Leonardo Marques


    • 16 Dec 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom (online) Time is CET
    • 487

    The IPSERA Digitalisation Workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners involved in Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) to discuss the topic of digitalisation of purchasing activities.

    Digital transformations are on the strategic agenda of most companies. Some PSM organisation have benefited from being new technology adopters. Some claim increased efficiencies and enhanced strategic contributions. Harnessing Big Data, Business Intelligence, Artificial intelligence and other software and hardware technologies have helped them to reach new levels of performance. However, not all adopters are harvesting the expected benefits and there are many uncertainties and challenges.

    This PDW is the result of a joint collaboration between three IPSERA SIGs: Supply chain finance, Purchasing and Innovation and Internet of Things.

    The objectives of the PDW are to:

    • Exchange on research initiatives on this topic
    • Discuss theoretical frames applied to the theme of digitalisation in PSM
    • Discover practitioner practice and experience related to the theme
    • Explore links across different topics of digitalisation including innovation, supply chain finance and so forth,
    • Provide opportunities for new teams to spot opportunities to work together
    • Present and discuss working papers


    14:00h Opening 

    14:15h Practitioner Keynote presentation: "Automation vs. Augmentation"

    14:45h Academi Keynote presentation by Prof. Michael Henke

    15:30h Group sessions

    16:00h Debriefing

    16:45h Paper discussions

    17:45h Closure

    Note: to submit a paper, please contact Luca Gelsomino lm.gelsomino@windesheim.nl ; Hervé Legenvre hlegenvre@eipm.org and Thomas Johnsen tjohnsen@audencia.com

    • 22 Jan 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom (online) Time is CET
    • 500

    Registration will be open soon

    The IPSERA Educators' Workshop brings together purchasing and supply management educators from around the world to explore how educators are coping during the pandemic and what tools and techniques they are using for online teaching. This workshop will have expert talks as well as discussions on the best methods and ways of teaching to keep students engaged online, to stop online fatigue and how to teach the complex ideas in supply chain analytics online.  

    More details will follow soon...

    • 18 Feb 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom (online) Time is CET
    • 500

    Registration will open soon

    We would like to welcome PhD students to participate in the virtual IPSERA Doctoral Workshop organized online on Thursday 18th February 2021. The objective of the workshop is to showcase new PhD work from the IPSERA community as well as help our PhD students to develop and improve their research and to build an international network of fellow PhD students and world-renowned faculty. The IPSERA Doctoral Workshop is targeted at PhD students in purchasing and supply management.

    Participating students will have the opportunity to present their research, which will be discussed by their colleagues and senior faculty. During the workshop, they will also benefit from talks related to methods, career development, and the publication process.


    STEP 1 – Statement of interest
    Doctoral candidates interested in presenting their research should submit a brief statement of interest by 30th November 2020, by email to Prof. Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen DW@ipsera.com. The statement of interest should contain your name, affiliation, PhD supervisor(s), stage in the doctoral process, title and brief description of your research.

    STEP 2 – Research proposal / PhD dissertation paper
    A full research proposal or a paper (max. 20 pages) that is part of the PhD dissertation and a letter of recommendation from the PhD supervisor have to be submitted before 31st December 2020 by email to Prof. Anni-Kaisa Kähkönen (DW@ipsera.com). The full research proposal/paper will be reviewed, and the number of accepted proposals for the presentations will be limited. Review criteria include topical fit to IPSERA, clarity, review of relevant literature, thoughtful discussion of research methods, and stage of the research. The notification of the acceptance will be emailed by 15th January 2021.

    We also warmly welcome non-presenting PhD candidates and interested faculty to participate to the workshop.

    Statement of interest: 30th November 2020
    Full research proposals: 31st December 2020
    Notification of acceptance: 15th January 2021

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