Theories and Research in International Purchasing and Supply Management

Time and place: 26.-29.9.2023 (4 days), Aalto University School of Business, Otaniemi, Espoo

Learning goal and objectives

Purchasing has increasingly become a strategic activity 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 the 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 ECTS

Grading: 1-5, based on final report and activity in class

Prerequisites: Target group are doctoral students doing research within purchasing, supply chain management, public procurement, international business, logistics and industrial engineering.

Admittance: Max. 25 students are admitted to the course.

Application by sending an email to the course coordinator, with the details as below. Application deadline is 26th of July, and notification of acceptance will be provided latest 15th of August by email from the Course coordinator.

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

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When officially accepted to doctoral program and whether full time or part time student:


Associate Professor Katri Kauppi (Aalto University School of Business, Finland)

Professor Asta Salmi (University of Vaasa, Finland)

Professor Kai Förstl (German Graduate School of Management and Law, Germany)

Associate Professor Anne-Maria Holma (University of Vaasa, Finland)

University lecturer Sini Laari (Turku School of Economics)

Course coordinator and contact information: Associate Professor Katri Kauppi, Aalto University School of Business,