Call for papers

The IPSERA 2023 conference theme is “Systemic Change”. In case of a surplus of submissions, the papers related to the conference theme will be preferred, provided they meet the quality criteria assessed through the review process.

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

Three types of papers will be accepted:

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


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 papers indicate “work in progress”. These papers can report on empirical or conceptual research. (max. number of pages: 10).

Practitioner papers can only be submitted by practitioners (although academics can be included) and should be based on best practice approaches within and/or across organisations and cannot be in the form of commercial promotional material for a business or product (max. number of pages: 10).

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