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

    • 22 Apr 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Zoom (online) Time is CET


    Thursday April 22nd 16.00 – 18.30 (CET)

    Global Supply Chain Risk & Resilience

    This workshop will bring together IPSERA academics, educators and practitioners examining three topics on global supply chain risk and how scholars can formulate research agendas investigating how organizations can ensure resilience in their firms and supply chains.

    FIRST SESSION (16.00 – 17.00) – Plenary Session

    Welcoming Address

    George A. Zsidisin and Michael Henke                   

    Theme 1: Supply Chain Risk and Resilience in Extraordinary Contexts

    By Christine Harland

    Existing SCM risk and resilience frameworks and theories were found to be insufficient to explain the immediacy and global scale of the pandemic, the complexity of healthcare supply systems and the rivalry that occurred in supply markets for critical healthcare supplies. This session briefly examines this insufficiency and reaches out to theories beyond SCM that were used to analyse data collected in the ‘eye of the storm’ of Covid-19. Initial findings from research co-produced with practitioners in the International Research Study of Public Procurement surface the potential value of the Awareness-Motivation-Capability framework and Complex Adaptive Systems theory to ‘front-end’ supply chain risk and resilience research.

    Theme 2: Mitigating FX Risk Exposure with Supply Chain Flexibility: A Real Options Analysis

    By Barbara Gaudenzi and Roberta Pellegrino

    One of the consequences of the global political and economic battle are the shocks on foreign exchange (FX) markets, as largely reported by newspapers and financial press. But do supply chain managers perceive and care about the exposure to FX risk? Using a multidisciplinary lens and a multimethod approach, we explore how global firms perceive FX risk and choose among alternative global supply chain strategies for mitigating FX risk. An empirical method with semi-structured interviews was applied to tap the “mental” maps and experiences of supply chain professionals. Then, a quantitative analysis using simulation was employed in order to quantify the supply chain strategies impact on financial performances and to provide insight to the effectiveness of implementing flexibility strategies for mitigating the detrimental financial effects of FX risk.

    Theme 3: The Potential of Artificial Intelligence for Supply Chain Risk Management

    By Federico Caniato

    Supply Chain Risk is today more relevant than ever, given the combination of multiple risk sources, high exposure of supply chains worldwide and fast-changing, unpredictable global scenario. Purchasing and Supply Management requires new tools and methods for assessing and managing supply risk, and Artificial Intelligence is a very promising technology for this purpose. Several companies are looking for innovative ideas and providers are developing new solutions, but the field is still in its infancy for a number of reasons:

    - The availability, retrieval and treatment of relevant information and data is still challenging, given the variety of sources and formats

    - Each company is subject to different risks and has its own peculiarity, thus making standard solutions difficult to apply

    - Supply Chain risk is by definition a network problem, i.e. it does not refer to individual firms, but to the whole network, and thus requires complex solutions

    - Both existing research and industry solutions still adopt mainly the perspective of a single buying firm, which is a pragmatic approach but fails to grasp the complexity of the issue

    - There is a vast amount of research on Artificial Intelligence algorithms, but its application to supply chain risk with a business and management perspective is still limited

    The workshop will be an opportunity to share and discuss research opportunities and directions in this domain.

    SECOND SESSION (17.00 – 17.45) - Breakout Rooms

    Each of the three presenters will lead breakout sessions on their respective topic. Attendees can choose the breakout room of their interest.

    THIRD SESSION (17.45 – 18.30) – Plenary Session

    Summary of breakout room discussions:

    Christine Harland and Beverly Wagner

    Barbara Gaudenzi and Roberta Pellegrino

    Federico Caniato and Jukka Hallikas

    Concluding thoughts and overall summary:

    George A. Zsidisin and Michael Henke
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