Code of Conduct

Code of conduct

Participation in the IPS survey is completely voluntary.

You may ask any questions about the research, the possible risks and benefits, your rights as a participant, and anything else that is not clear. Please contact (in English) or one of your local country representatives (please see the Partners page). When all of your questions have been answered, you can decide if you want to be in this study or not.

The identities of individuals and companies who participate in this study will not be revealed to anyone other than the researchers. The summary report will show data only in aggregate form (averages, %) and no individual participants or companies will be identified. If the results of this research are published, your identity and the identity of your company will not be revealed or made public in any way.

The benefits of participation are educational. If you decide to take part in the study, completing and submitting the survey indicates your willingness to participate in this study. You may skip questions and can stop at any time during survey without penalty.

The contact details that you provide will not be shared with anyone outside the IPS team of researchers. Your details may be used by us to send you an invitation e-mail for the survey, to send you reminders for the survey, to notify you of the results of this study, and to contact you for a next round of data collection. You may opt out of further communications by sending an e-mail to (in English), or to your local country representative (see "Partners" page).

Who is IPS?

The International Purchasing Survey (IPS) project is a research initiative of academic researchers in Purchasing and Supply Management from 9 different countries. Currently, the following institutes are involved: Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Universität der Bundeswehr München (Germany), Linköpings Universitet and Högskolan i Gävle (Sweden), Aalto University School of Economics (Finland), EADA Business School (Spain), West Virginia University and Bowling Green State University (United States of America), Audencia, Nantes(France), University College Dublin (Ireland) and the Aston Business School (Great Britain).