About IPS2

About IPS

The view that purchasing is not merely an operative, but rather a strategic function is well established. The purchasing function is therefore not only responsible for price reductions, but is also characterized by an explicit strategic focus that enables corporations to develop long term sustainable competitive advantages. Accordingly it is of the highest interest to determine out how companies define their purchasing strategies, how purchasing activities are carried out, what skills and capabilities are present in purchasing departments and what resulting effects on performance can be witnessed.


A look at the link between purchasing strategy and purchasing performance

The IPS – International Purchasing Survey is intended to answer these questions. Purchasing Professionals tend to get asked to participate in various kinds of surveys quite frequently. So what makes IPS unique?

For one the IPS survey looks at the link between purchasing strategy and purchasing performance. It also looks for the correlation between category (commodity) strategy, category performance and purchasing performance, something that has not been done in this form previously. Another unique feature is the fact that IPS survey is designed to be repeated on an annual or biannual basis so that purchasing trends and changes in purchasing priorities become evident. In addition it is the first purchasing survey with a truly international character. Over one dozen leading research institutions and purchasing professionals from all over Europe and North America are cooperating in this research effort. Privileged access to all research results will be granted to the participants. Information about purchasing strategies, processes, tools and techniques will be available on a national as well as international level. Additionally purchasing strategies, tools and techniques will be analyzed down to the category level.

It is the hope of the institutions cooperating in this research effort to establish the International Purchasing Survey as one of the prime instruments of applied purchasing research in the coming years. We hope that you, the reader, will take this opportunity to participate in the 2014 edition of IPS.

Who is IPS?

The International Purchasing Survey (IPS) project is a research initiative of academic researchers in Purchasing and Supply Management from 7 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), Audencia Nantes (France) and University College Dublin (Ireland)