Purchasing and supply organisations are uniquely poised to bring innovative ideas, reduce risks and maximize the utilization of assets and data. Supply networks are potentially an invaluable source of innovations and new technologies which cut down total costs drastically and accelerate the pace of launching new competitive products. 

The conference will provide a forum for academics and practitioners to present research papers and discuss opportunities to improve effectiveness and creativity in organisations through the design of innovative purchasing and supply chain strategies. An underlying intent of the conference will be is to gain a better understanding of strategic radical changes and innovations with environmental, ethical, and responsible organizational performance.


The theme offers the opportunity for a broad range of purchasing and supply chain topics which can be divided in the following streams:

  • Supply Chain Innovation (process innovation, sustainable innovation, NPD, crowd sourcing)
  • Sustainability (green/social supply chains, purchasing ethics, circular economy, humanitarian operations)
  • Supply chain transparency, visibility and traceability
  • Supply chain finance and supply chain financing
  • Big Data & Analytics
  • IoT and industry 4.0
  • Sourcing and Contracting (nearshoring/reshoring/insourcing / outsourcing)
  • Supply Chain Risk management and security
  • Supply Chain Human Capital / talent management
  • Supply Chain resilience and robustness
  • Forecasting and Supply Chain Optimisation
  • Labour supply chain management
  • Public Procurement 
  • Behavioural Supply Chains
  • Demand Management and Forecasting
  • Performance (supplier selection, evaluation)
  • Purchasing Strategy and Organisation
  • Industry focus (Maritime, Health care, Tourism, Services)
  • Supplier Relationships Management
  • Agri-food supply chains
  • Global supply chains
  • Information systems and technology
  • Supply Chain Teaching Innovation
  • Supply Chain Theory Development


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.


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