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Aston University,  Inaugural event for Aston’s IPSERA node  February 18 2016


To promote interaction between its members and other stakeholders outside its long running, successful annual conferences, the International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association (IPSERA) encourages regional groupings of members. Aston University’s Project and Supply Chain Management Research Group was delighted to hear recently that it had been accepted as an ‘IPSERA node’.  

The field of supply chain management (SCM) can in many ways trace its origins to the procurement and supply, and logistics and transportation, domains. Recent years have seen evidence of something of a convergence between these traditionally quite distinct professional and academic areas. At our first event, we will welcome senior practitioners, policy leads from professional associations and academics to a panel discussion to consider, from both a practice and an academic perspective:

  •   Are we experiencing a convergence between the fields of procurement and logistics?
  • And, if we are, what are the implications for practice, learning and research?

Date and time:  Thursday February 18 2016    starting at 13:00 (light lunch and coffee available from 12:30)

Venue: Conference Aston, Aston University in central Birmingham, UK

  There will be three panel sessions centred on:

  • the SUSTAINABILITY agenda
  • the TECHNOLOGY agenda

followed by a plenary discussion.  

Discussion and debate will continue over drinks and dinner.

The event will provide a look ahead at key developments within and between these two professional areas that are so vital to the modern economy. It will afford the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing debate and discussion, as well as providing participants with fresh insights into areas of both convergence and divergence.

Attendance is free. See the end of this email for registration information.

We hope to see you in February!

Dr Louise Knight        FCIPS

Prof Ed Sweeney       FCILT Head of Engineering Systems and Management Group

Dr Aris Matopoulos  MCSCMP, Convenor, Project & Supply Chain Management Research Group  & colleagues

To register, please email the following details to Ms Jo Holding, ESM Group Administrator at Jo will confirm receipt of your email, and send further details nearer the event.

1.      Family name:


2.      First name: 


3.      Title (Dr/Mr etc):


4.      Affiliation (employer):


5.      Job/role title:


6.      Professional association(s) and level (eg MCIPS):


7.      Are you currently a member of IPSERA?


8.      Contact phone number:


9.      Contact email address:


Requests/suggestions for any specific issues or topics to address at this meeting are very welcome! Just add them to your email.

There is no charge for the event (inc dinner).       

If you wish to stay at Conference Aston, please book and pay direct. We have agreed a rate of £79.00 + VAT Bed and Breakfast (£98.80 Inc. Vat) for the night of the Thursday 18th February 2016.  To book at this rate, please call Conference Aston Reservation Team on:- 0121 204 3726, quoting reference number: 125303 (allocation will be released on 18th January 2016, then normal selling rates will apply)

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us:

Louise Knight                 0121 204 3605         

Jo Holding                     0121 204 5380         


LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2015

The 20th Annual Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference took place this year at the University of Derby, from Wednesday 9th September to Friday 11th September 2015.    

This year’s conference theme was: “Resource Efficiency and Sustainability Issues in Relation to Supply Chain Management and Logistics Operations”.  Members of the P&SCM research group actively participated in the conference. 

Professor Edward Sweeney member of the P&SCM research group was elected Chair of the LRN.

Also, the following four papers were presented by members of our group and were included in the conference proceedings:

  • “Practitioner perspectives on supply chain management and logistics: a study from the United Kingdom” by Sweeney & Bahr.
  • “Logistics clusters: a systematic review and research agenda” by Almofadhi & Matopoulos 
  • “Supply chain relationship management in the Irish transport and logistics sector” by Jones & Sweeney
  • “Efficiency and Innovation in the 3PL industry: an empirical analysis” by Sassi, Tappia, Melacini & Marchet

Last but not least, Derek Debrah, who graduated from our B.Sc. programme with first class honours in 2014, was presented with the Best Undergraduate Dissertation Award.

Project & Supply Chain Management Research Group becomes an IPSERA node

  IPSERA (International Purchasing and Supply Education and Research Association) is a network of academics and practitioners that aim to develop knowledge concerning Purchasing and Supply Management.


Starting from July 2015, P&SCMRG became a node for IPSERA with the aim to promote cooperation within the network and to organise workshop(s) throughout the year. 

Eurekapub Magazine

Mr Witold Bahr has been interviewed by the Eurekapub magazine on the topic of RFID. Eurekapub is the magazine for the materials handling professional. Mr Witold Bahr views are published in the following article: Ruari McCallion.2014. 'RFID: Game changing developments from the sports world'. Issue 3. Autumn 2014. 

LogiMed Conference

 Dr Aristides Matopoulos was invited to deliver a talk at the LogiMed Conference in Berlin, Germany, on 8th October 2014. LogiMed is the leading Medical Device Supply Chain and Logistics Conference and a professional development forum for more than 125 regional supply chain leaders. Dr Matopoulos spoke about ‘The implementation of Hospital-Vendor Collaborative Practices to improve Inventory Management and Service Levels’.


LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2014




The 19th Annual Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference was hosted this year by the University of Huddersfield, from Wednesday 3rd September to Friday 5th September 2014.    

This year’s conference theme was: “Enterprise in Logistics Research: Matching the needs of industry with academia”.  Members of the P&SCM research group  have actively participated in the conference. Professor Edward Sweeney chaired a session on “Supply Chain Network and Design”  but also 2 papers were presented and included in conference proceedings:


  • The first one by KalaitziMatopoulos & Bourlakis, on natural resource dependence implications in supply chains, which developed a grounded theoretical framework based on Resource Dependence Theory and presented a pilot study  of  an automotive company exploring how the natural resource scarcity shapes supply chain strategies and the implications for organisational performance. 
  • The second one by Morris,  on Supply chain disruption orientation within resilience and its role in affecting strategic behaviours of and performance in shortage management.




Flood Risk and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network   




The Flood Risk and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network (FCERM_Net) launch meeting -18th November at the Lakeside conference Centre Aston University, Birmingham.  (




The LWEC annual conference 

The Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) annual conference 'Decision-making in the twilight of uncertainty' -19th November at the Lakeside Conference Centre, Aston University, Birmingham. (

 The 8th Global Sourcing Workshop 2014




Following the success of the past seven Global Sourcing Workshops, the 8th Global Sourcing Workshop will take place this year in Val d’Isere, France, March 23-26, 2014. The workshop will aim to explore how new and emerging forms of outsourcing and offshoring challenge sourcing practices and theories, and consequently identify new directions for research and practice. 

This workshop aims to bring together viewpoints from various disciplines, including IB, Strategy, OM, OB and IS on global sourcing of IT, Business and Knowledge Processes and Innovation.   Prof. Julia Kotlarsky  from Aston Business School is one of the co-organisers of this workshop.


  Here you can  download   the detailed Call for Papers.




LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2013




After 11 years (last time in 2002) the Annual Logistics Research Network (LRN) Conference returns to Birmingham, to Aston University and to the Engineering Systems and Management Group which is one of the co-organisers. The 18thLRN Conference is being hosted by Birmingham City University and University of Aston at the Lakeside Conference Centre, from Wednesday 4th September to Friday 6th September 2013. 

The LRN Conference is one of the main European forums for the presentation of research results, current practice and new ideas in supply chain management, logistics and transport and papers are invited from academics, researchers and practitioners working in the field of logistics, transportation and supply chain management.

This year’s conference theme is: Re-engineering Logistics and Transport Systems to Re-gain Competiveness, and ESM and P&SCM group members have a strong presence not only in organising the conference (Mr Constant Iannacci), but also with 3 papers being accepted for presentation. More specifically, the following papers will have been accepted for presentation and inclusion in conference proceedings:

  • Kalaitzi, Matopoulos & Bourlakis: A conceptual framework for analysing resource efficiency and sustainability in the agri-food supply chain.
  • McCarthy, Matopoulos & Davies: An analysis of the environmental impact of the vertically integrated chicken supply chain at   Faccenda Group Ltd using life cycle assessment.
  • Morris: Distinctive inventory visibility in the pharmaceutical supply chain.





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