International Purchasing and Supply

Education and Research Association

Annual Conferences

IPSERA was founded in 1990 by a group of academics interested in establishing a forum to discuss purchasing and supply issues. The first conference was held in April 1992 at the University of Strathclyde.  It has since grown from its early beginnings to become a regular annual event that has been hosted on 4 continents, with around 200-250 people attending.

Compared to other conferences in the OM field, IPSERA is relatively small, and is a very social event where people get to know one another well and establish collaborations. It provides an encouraging environment for PhD students and early career staff to present their first papers. In our recent strategic review in 2013, we felt that ‘Small is Beautiful’, and that IPSERA has a special atmosphere that we wish to preserve. 



Upcoming events

    • 10 Apr 2022
    • 10:00
    • 13 Apr 2022
    • 14:30
    • Jönköping, Sweden


    'Building bridges'

    Sunday 10th April–Wednesday 13th April 2022 

    Our 31th Annual Meeting, the IPSERA Conference 2022 will be the first time we revisit the site of a previous conference, the beautiful city of Jönköping Sweden. This year's theme aims to build bridges rather than walls. We encourage boundary bridging research over borders, cross disciplines, between industry and academia and more!

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    IPSERA is a unique, multi-disciplinary network offering researchers, practitioners and educators a platform for developing and creating Purchasing and Supply knowledge. Our annual IPSERA Conference allows the exchange of the most recent research developments in an inspiring scientific and social environment with contributions from academics and practitioners in all fields concerned with Purchasing and Supply Management.

    Please note that in the event of restrictions by the Swedish government prohibiting the hosting of IPSERA 2022 on-site in Jönköping, or where the participant’s country of origin prohibits travel to Sweden at the time of the conference, a participant registered to attend physically can change registration to online participation and will get a refund for the difference in fees*.  

    *We provide two options for handling your surplus money. 1) You keep your money in our IPSERA account. 2) You can request a reimbursement. Unfortunately, due to a change of PayPal’s policies in April 2020, we have to keep a transaction fee. For this reason, we keep €25 of your surplus to cover PayPal costs and reimburse the remainder.

    Please see our Conference website for more details and for further information contact ipsera2022@ipsera.com

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