Welcome to IPSERA 2017 in Hungary!

“Coping with the Future: Picking your Battles”

The 2017 conference theme refers to the growing awareness that the world of tomorrow might well be significantly different from the world today and certainly from the world we were used to live in for the past 25 years. Things like a weakened EU, manifest resource depletion, strict regulation in environmental issues, shifts in global positions, increasing need to review company strategies in relation to the use of inputs, energy and the increased need to be aware of the distinctive capability to build on. Which battles are we confident to win, for which ones are we better off to leave the battle field. This is just a shortlist of challenges that certainly greatly influence the purchasing and supply management functions within firms. If PSM wants to contribute to solutions, if PSM wants to earn respect from the other functional areas, it has to provide clear solutions in assisting companies to face this demanding future. Academic PSM research certainly can contribute in (1) creating a better understanding of the challenges organizations face and (2) discussing which innovative solutions are suitable to address these challenges. The theme offers the opportunity for a broad range of purchasing and supply management topics which can be divided in the following streams:

  • Sustainable procurement and CSR
  • Electronic procurement
  • IT security
  • Global sourcing and outsourcing issues
  • Backsourcing
  • Purchasing organisation, skills and competences
  • Supply chains, multiple supply systems and networks
  • Supply chain risk
  • Supplier evaluation and performance measurement
  • Supplier selection and vendor rating
  • Supplier development
  • Humanitarian supply chains
  • Health care procurement
  • Food supply chains
  • Financial Issues and cost accounting
  • Innovation, NPD and supplier involvement
  • Performance based contracting
  • Purchasing services
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Supply strategy
  • Dealing with dependencies
In addition to the above mentioned streams we are open to a number of ‘special streams’ (please submit your ideas to info@ipsera2017.com). 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.

Paper Categories

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.


Authors of working/practitioner papers should submit an extended abstract following the “Submission Guidelines ” on the conference website.
Authors will receive further instructions on submitting their paper if it is accepted. The length of a working paper is limited to 10 pages.
Practitioner papers should not exceed 5 pages.

Important: Check the “Submission Guidelines” and “Submission deadlines” sections to correctly and timely submit your paper.