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Invitation for AOM attendees 2019 - August 11th 12:30-3:00

26 Jun 2019 17:56 | Jenny Backstrand (Administrator)

Please join us for a lively discussion on the identity of the purchasing function at the AoM conference in Boston on August 11th 2019, 12:30-3:00, Westin Hotel, Empire Room.

Purchasing is truly one of the world’s oldest professions, but it continues to remain relatively small as a discipline. This workshopis an opportunity to bring purchasing and supply management (P&SM) researchers from all over the world together to discuss the future of purchasing in academia, and perhaps chart a future course for shaping the discipline. This will build on topics from the International Purchasing Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) session “Identity and the Future of P&SM (Milan, April 2019). All P&SM researchers are welcome whether they participated in the session or not.  This workshop will create a venue for meeting other researchers in P&SM, and provide a forum to discuss topics such as:

  1. Is P&SM an academic discipline?
  2. Should P&SM seek to more formally become an academic discipline?What are the associated risks and rewards?
  3. Should P&SM build its own theories?
  4. Is P&SM a subset of OM, SCM or another discipline?
  5. Where do we go from here?
  6. What are some interesting research problems that are specific for the future P&SM?
  7. What are some ways that we can build a stronger P&SM community?

We look forward to a lively discussion in this workshopthat will help re-energize the PSM community.  The P&SM North American Research Symposium (NARS) lost its sponsorship and the community lost a key venue for discussions like the ones mentioned above. The goal is to engage in discussions that involve scholars from across the globe. 

Share this with others in your network that are interested in PSM that are attending the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

//Lisa Ellram, Wendy Tate, Stephan Wagner, Craig Carter

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