Theories and Research in International Purchasing and Supply Management

Time: 5.-8.11.2018

Place: Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki. Runeberginkatu 22–24 (Chydenia building) Room H-535. The course is organized in cooperation between Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and Aalto-Biz, and takes place in Helsinki.

Learning goal and objectives

Purchasing has increasingly become a strategic tool for companies, and international/global sourcing, in particular, has attracted an increasing attention by both researchers and companies. The aim of the course is to give an overview of main theories, research traditions, key studies and the current situation and future trends related to international purchasing and supply management, sustainable sourcing and global sourcing. Research on both company strategies and practices related to global sourcing will be analyzed.

Instruction and examination

The course consists of an extensive reading package (ca. 400 p.), active participation during the four teaching days and writing a 20-25 page report on a topic agreed upon with the instructor(s). The participants have to read all the material (different articles) beforehand and to be prepared to discuss them in class. The students are also expected to be ready to make short oral presentations on the basis of their own research (study plan) and/or the articles, reflecting on their learning of the material. The final report must be handed in one month after the course ends. The aim is that the reports will become discussion papers that can eventually later be developed to conference papers.

Credits: 6 ECT

Grading: 1-5, based on the activity of the student and the final report.
Prerequisites: Target group are doctoral students doing research within international business, purchasing, marketing, management, logistics and industrial economics.

Admittance: Students are asked to register by sending a completed KATAJA course application form via e-mail to the Course Coordinator (, cc: Application deadline 24 September 2018.

There is no fee for participation, but students are required to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Professor Asta Salmi (LUT, School of Business and Management, Finland)
Professor Kai Förstl (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Germany)
Assistant Professor Anne-Maria Holma (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Associate Professor Katri Kauppi (Aalto University School of Business, Finland)
Post-doc Researcher Anne Quarshie (LUT, School of Business and Management, Finland)

Course coordinator and contact information:
Person in charge: Professor Asta Salmi, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), School of Business and Management ( and Course coordinator, doctoral student Yuan Virtanen, Aalto University School of Business (

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