We would like to welcome PhD students to attend the doctoral workshop organized on Sunday 14 April 2019 in Milan.

The objective of the workshop is two-fold:

  • to assist PhD students in building an international network of fellow PhD students and renowned faculty,
  • and to assist PhD students in developing and improving their research projects.

Participating students will have the opportunity to present their research proposals, which will be discussed by their colleagues and senior faculty. The emphasis will be on methodological issues.

In previous years, the Workshop was supported by leading scholars in the field of Purchasing and Supply Management.
The doctoral workshop will be guided by Davide Luzzini.

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Doctoral candidates interested in attending and presenting their research proposals (not results of finished research) should submit a brief statement of interest by November 26, 2018.
This statement should contain:

  • your name
  • affiliation
  • name(s) of advisor(s)
  • project title
  • project description
  • indication of where you currently are in the process of completing your doctorate.

Please send this statement of interest to Prof. Davide Luzzini, at dluzzini@eada.edu

The statements of interest are for planning purposes only. We understand that your actual participation in the workshop may depend on funding and on the outcomes of conference paper reviews.


A full research proposal (max. 20 pages) has to be submitted before December 31, 2018. The full research proposal will be reviewed.
The number of participants in the doctoral workshop is limited. Based on this review process, a maximum of 12 proposals will be accepted for presentation in the workshop.
Apart from these 12, there is plenty of room for non-presenting PhD candidates to participate in the workshop as discussants.

Review criteria

  • Clarity of research purpose (relevance, objectives, and research questions)
  • Review of relevant literature
  • Thoughtful discussion of research methods
  • ·Stage of the research

The stage of the research is important. It should be a proposal with some level of maturity looking for comments. If it is just an initial idea without plans for execution, there is too little content for our faculty to comment upon. On the other hand, it should neither be a project that is nearly finished, because comments from our faculty would be useless at such a stage. If your doctoral dissertation is designed as a collection of papers, your submission could be a proposal for one of those papers.

We would like to emphasize that we expect all submissions to the doctoral workshop to be research proposals, not finalized manuscripts, conference papers or journal articles.

Costs & Registration

There will be no extra fee for participation in the Doctoral Workshop. However, participation in the IPSERA 2019 Conference is requested. The first 25 doctoral students registered to the conference will get a reduced fee of €200.
For a reduced PhD rate you have to send an email to kai.foerstl@ggs.de together with a confirmation of inscription in your respective doctoral programme. You will then receive a code to register for the PhD rate through the regular IPSERA registration website.

Please note that registration for the conference is separate from registration for the Doctoral Workshop. You should apply directly with Prof. Davide Luzzini for the Doctoral Workshop and after approval you can register for the main conference through the “Registration”.


Three PhD students will be receiving a bursary to attend the IPSERA Doctoral seminar and conference (3x €750). The bursaries are particularly aimed at supporting those students of limited means. If you wish to be considered for a bursary please complete and return the application form electronically to Kai Foerstl at: kai.foerstl@ggs.de

All applications will be treated confidentially. The deadline for application for these bursaries is 20th January 2019, midnight, Central European time. We will communicate our decisions to all applicants in the first week of February. We are looking forward receiving numerous proposals! ‎

Moreover, the conference provides one additional bursary (sponsored by NEVI Zorg) for students who want to attend at least the IPSERA Doctoral seminar  (€200 per bursary). Their research topic should be dealing with Procurement in the Healthcare sector, Care sector (Old aged people and people with disabilities) or Procurement and/or Sourcing for Humanitarian Supply Chains.

Please email Prof.dr. Erik van Raaij with your inquiries regarding this bursary at eraaij@rsm.nl

We encourage especially students on a need and merit basis to apply for bursaries.

Note that all students receiving reduced rates or bursaries are expected to attend the entire conference.

Doctoral Workshop



26 Nov 2018 Submission of brief statement of interest (*)
31 Dec 2018 Full research proposal submission (*)
15 Jan 2019 Notification of the review process
04 Mar 2019 Final research proposal submission (*)

(*) These should be submitted directly to Prof. Davide Luzzini.