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The International Purchasing Survey (IPS) is designed to investigate, in various countries around the globe, how companies define their purchasing strategies, what are their purchasing skills and capabilities, how the purchasing activities are carried out and what the resulting performances are. The objective is to set up a permanent data collection program in different countries to establish a common database regarding the purchasing function. These data will be used strictly for research purposes.

The survey will take approximately 40 minutes and is divided into the following sections:

  • Firm descriptives
  • Purchasing organization and capabilities
  • Category selection
  • Category characteristics
  • Category strategy
  • Purchasing processes
  • Sustainability practices
  • Category performance

Questions should be answered by the Chief Purchasing Officer or a Purchasing Director or equivalent.

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).