Naples (Italy), 1-4 April 2012

The conference theme “Purchasing & Supply Management in a Changing World” reflects the current economic situation: the recent
world recession imposes new challenges to Purchasing and Supply Management. Within this overall theme the following specific topics
have been selected:

• Aligning sourcing strategy with business strategy
• Attractiveness in supply chain relationships
• Behavioural aspects in supply chain management
• Corporate social responsibility and impact on the supply chain
• Developing collaborative buyer-supplier relationships
• E-supply and e-procurement
• Human resources in purchasing and supply management
• In- & outsourcing
• Innovation in supply chain management
• Managing the services supply chain
• Models and Methods for supply management
• Public procurement and public-private collaboration
• Role of KM in PSM 20 years beyond the Lisbon treaty
• Supply network management
• Supply Risk management
• Sustainability and green management in SCM
• Value based sourcing
• Value Chain Management

Special sessions.
We will also organize a number of special tracks at the IPSERA 2012 conference. If you are interested in organising a
special track, please contact the organisers.

Doctoral Workshop.
We would like to welcome PhD students to attend the workshop organized for Sunday 1 April 2012. The main
objectives of the workshop are to assist PhD students in: (i) building an international network of fellow PhD students and renowned
faculty, and (ii) developing and improving their research projects. Participating students will have the opportunity to present their research
proposals that will be discussed by their colleagues and senior faculty. The emphasis will be on methodological issues.

Submission Guidelines
When submitting your paper, please indicate which of the research topics you think would be most appropriate for it. 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

Refereeing will take place through a “double blind” review process.

Competitive papers
Papers submitted as Competitive Papers will be conceptual or empirical papers that are, in principle, submission-ready. These
papers should follow the format and style outlined in the “Guidelines for Authors” appearing on the conference website
(max. number of pages: 15).

Authors must submit a one page abstract indicating their intention to submit a full paper. This abstract will be used only for planning purposes.

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 with academics) and should be objective in their approach and not be in the form of commercial promotional material for a business or product.

Authors of Working/Practitioner Papers should submit an extended abstract following the “Guidelines for Authors” appearing 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 the length of 5 pages.

Download the Call for Papers