Doctoral Workshop and Bursaries

The Programme of the IPSERA 2017 Doctoral Workshop can be downloaded by clicking the link below:




We would like to welcome PhD students to attend the doctoral workshop organized on Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Corvinus University in Budapest.

The main objectives of the workshop are 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 faculty including:

  • Prof. Alessandro Ancarani, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof. Michael Essig, University of Munich, Germany
  • Prof. Fraser Johnson, University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Prof. Stefano Ronchi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Prof. Asta Salmi, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland
  • Prof. Helen Walker, Cardiff Business School, UK
  • Prof. George Zsidisin, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

The doctoral workshop will be guided by Dr. Davide Luzzini.


Doctoral candidates interested in attending and presenting their research proposals (not results of finished research) should submit a one-page statement of interest by November 20, 2016. This statement should contain your name, affiliation, name(s) of advisor(s), project title, project description, and an indication of where you currently are in the process of completing your doctorate.

Please send this statement of interest to Dr. Davide Luzzini, at

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 November 20, 2016. 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 include:

  • 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 2017 Conference is requested. The first 15 doctoral students registered to the conference will get a reduced fee of €200.

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


Five PhD students will be receiving a bursary to attend the IPSERA Doctoral seminar and conference (2x €800 per bursary and 3x €1000). 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 (Download Link) electronically to Kai Foerstl at:

All applications will be treated confidentially. The deadline for application for these bursaries is 20th January 2017, 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

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


Doctoral Workshop Dates

Event Date
Submission (*) of one-page statement of interest 1 November 2016
Full research proposal submission (*) 20 November 2016
Notification of the review process 6 January 2017
Final research proposal submission (*) 20 February 2017

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