The Ipsera 2019 conference theme is “Art and Science of Procurement”, which reflects the two sides of the discipline. On the one hand Procurement requires the application of science and technology, analytical skills and quantitative methods; on the other hand there’s a need for creativity and understanding of soft behavioural skills. The digital transformation is opening new opportunities for the management of Purchasing and Supply Chains, making “big data” available and offering analytical tools to manage them, but also allowing networking and the sharing of innovative ideas. This enables both disruption of existing practices and technologies, as well as new ways to tackle sustainability challenges, e.g. through better transparency and control of supply chain risk.

The conference will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to present research papers and discuss the future developments of the field. The conference theme offers the opportunity for a broad range of purchasing and supply chain topics which can be divided in the following streams:

  • Purchasing and Supply strategy
  • Triads and Networks
  • Global sourcing and outsourcing issues
  • Sustainable procurement and CSR
  • Supply chain risk and resilience
  • Backshoring/Reshoring/Nearshoring
  • Purchasing organisation, skills and competences
  • Negotiation and Contracting
  • Purchasing services
  • Sourcing and supplier selection
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Supplier evaluation and performance measurement
  • Supplier development
  • Customer attractiveness and preferred customers
  • Supply chain transparency, visibility and traceability
  • Humanitarian procurement and supply chain management
  • Health care procurement
  • Public Procurement
  • Agri-Food supply chain management
  • Fashion and Luxury supply chain management
  •  Supply Chain Finance
  •  Purchasing and innovation
  •  Creativity and Design Thinking in Purchasing and Supply Management
  • Purchasing and Supply: Big Data & Analytics
  • Procurement digital transformation
  •  IoT and Industry 4.0: implications for Purchasing and Supply
  • Purchasing and Supply Theory and Methodology Development

In addition to the above mentioned streams we are open to a number of ‘special tracks’ (please submit your ideas to
These can relate to the core theme of the conference and other ‘hot issues’ in purchasing and supply management and will increase our understanding of new competitive challenges and help both profit- and non- profit organizations to address them.

Three types of papers will be accepted:

  • Competitive papers based on a full paper
  • Working papers based on an extended abstract
  • Practitioner papers based on an extended abstract

Competitive Papers

Competitive papers should be conceptual or empirical papers that are, in principle, submission-ready. These papers should follow the format and style outlined in the “Submission Guidelines” on the conference website (max. number of pages: 15).

Working / Practitioner Papers

Working papers indicate “work in progress”. These papers can report on empirical or conceptual research. Practitioner papers can only be submitted by practitioners (also together with academics) and should be objective in their approach and not in the form of commercial promotional material for a business or product.

Important: Check “Author Guidelines” and “Important Dates” sections (Registration/Submission) to correctly and timely submit your paper.