IPSERA Mission Statement 
The International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) is a reference platform for academics and practitioners to exchange ideas, stimulate discussions and reflect on concepts, theories and educational forms and methods in an open and friendly atmosphere. The topics discussed and issues raised should one way or another improve the professional quality of those active in the field of purchasing and supply management.

Key values of the association are:
• Leading edge research in the field of purchasing and supply management 
• Innovation in approaches and methodologies in both research and education 
• Practice-oriented activities that have an impact on the purchasing and supply society
• Environmental and social responsibility related to purchasing and supply fields
• Transparency and friendliness among all members

Conference Theme
The IPSERA 2020 conference theme is procurement innovation. 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 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. All of these developments offer gateways to improved efficiencies in procurement.

Paper/Workshop Topics
The conference will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to present research papers and discuss future developments in the field. The conference will also host both a doctoral workshop/symposium and an educators’ conference. The overall conference theme offers a broad range of purchasing and supply chain topics, including:

• 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 organization, skills and competencies
• Negotiation and contracting
• Purchasing services
• Sourcing and supplier selection
• Supplier relationship management and development
• Supplier evaluation and performance measurement
• Supply chain transparency, visibility and traceability
• Humanitarian procurement and supply chain management
• Health care procurement
• Public procurement
• 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
• Purchasing and supply education

In addition to the streams listed above, we are open to proposals for special tracks and also professional development workshops (PDWs). (Please submit your ideas to ipsera2020@ipsera.com or your abstract directly to the conference management system.) 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 for-profit and non-profit organizations to address them.