Theories and research in international purchasing and supply management

Time: 31.10.-4.11.2016

Place: Aalto University School of Business, Helsinki
The course in organized in cooperation between 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. 4-500 p.), active participation during the five teaching days and writing a 20-25 page report on a topic agreed upon with one of the professors. 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 make a short oral presentation 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 ECTS

Grading: 1-5 based on the activity of the student and the final report.

Prerequisites: Doctoral students doing research within international business, purchasing, marketing, management, logistics and industrial economics. Ca. 20 participants will be selected based on their application. The participants will be selected based on their research areas and special needs for participating in this course.


Application deadline: Sunday 2 of October, 2016
Students are asked to register by sending an e-mail to Asta Salmi ( and cc:, which includes contact information, information on the stage of your doctoral studies, and your reasons for taking the course (e.g. how it fits with your studies
and knowledge of the area), and your CV. Confirmation of acceptance, including the
reading list and instructions, will be by 5th of October.

Professor Asta Salmi (Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT, School of Business and Management, Finland)
Assistant Professor Anu Bask (Aalto University School of Business, Finland)
Professor Kai Förstl (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Germany)
Professor Jukka Hallikas (LUT, School of Business and Management, Finland)
Assistant Professor Anne-Maria Holma (University of Vaasa, Finland)
Researcher Anne Quarshie (Aalto University School of Business, Finland)

Course coordinator and contact information: Professor Asta Salmi, Lappeenranta University of Technology, School of Business,