The 34th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium: 4-7 September 2018

Welcome to the 34th Annual IMP Conference and Doctoral Colloquium: "From Business to Research and Back Again"

The Conference will be hosted by Kedge Business School, Marseille Campus, in the heart of the city of Marseille. The IMP Group's annual conference is the largest in the world dealing specifically with marketing and purchasing issues within a business-to-business context.

Conference abstracts:  Invited for extended deadline February 9, 2018

Please note that whilst this date should not be considered as an absolute deadline, abstract submission by the above date allows us to anticipate on numbers of participants and conference themes. Proposals after this date may be accepted after consultation with the organisers.

Deadline for full papers extended to March 31, 2018

 Conference Schedule

  • Tuesday/Wednesday 4th and 5th September, KEDGE Luminy Campus: Doctoral Colloquium
  • Wednesday 5th September (afternoon/evening), Palais du Congrès du Pharo, Marseille City Centre: Business Meets Research Session/Welcome and Keynote Speaker/Registration/Cocktail Dinner
  • Thursday 6th - 7th September, Palais du Congrès du Pharo, Marseille City Centre: Main Conference

Conference and Doctoral Colloquium Organising Committee

Louise CANNING, is Associate Professor of Marketing and was awarded her PhD by UWE Bristol in 1999. Her research centres on aspects of business-to-business marketing, including adaptation, communication and sustainability in inter-firm relationships. Louise has recently explored the interface between business and consumer markets in relation to disposal and her work has been published in leading international journals.  Louise has taught and supervised students on marketing topics including business-to-business, global, services and strategic marketing as well as relationship management. Louise has over 20 years of management experience in UK higher education and previously enjoyed a successful career in international sales and marketing. 

Bernard Cova is Professor of Marketing at Kedge Business School Marseille. A pioneer in the field of collective consumption since the early nineties, his internationally‐influential research has paved the way to brand community approaches. His work on this topic has been published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing, the European Journal of Marketing, Marketing Theory and the Journal of Business Research. He is also known for his groundbreaking research in B2B marketing, especially in the field of solution marketing. His work on this topic has been published in the Journal of Marketing Management, the Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, and Industrial Marketing Management.

Simona D’Antone is Associate Professor in Marketing at KEDGE Business School. She holds a PhD in Marketing from the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy and is a member of the IMP (Industrial Marketing and Purchasing) research group. Her main research interest is in cultural and social aspects of markets and consumption with specific focuses on: phenomena of market emergence and innovation and its interaction with values and society, business purchasing and sustainable sourcing, anti-consumption, consumer well-being, branding. Her work has been published in international outlets such as Industrial Marketing Management, International Marketing Review, Journal of Consumer Affairs and Consumption Markets and Culture.

Debbie Harrison is an Associate Professor of Inter-Organisational Relationships at BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo. Her research interests include the organising of business networks, interorganisational strategizing and market design. Her research projects, focused on the intersection of innovation and market studies, include environmental equipment markets in the maritime industry. She has published her work in journals such as International Marketing Management, Research Policy and the Journal of Business Research.

Robert Spencer is Senior Professor in Marketing at KEDGE Business School. He previously held the positions of Head of Department of Marketing, then Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Previous experience includes positions at EM Lyon (Head of Research team), University of Western Sydney (Lecturer), University Lyon III (Associate Professor), and ESCP (Affiliate Professor).  He holds a PhD from Uppsala University and his areas of research focus include Industrial Marketing and Purchasing, and Market Studies and market-shaping. He is a member of the IMP (Industrial Marketing and Purchasing) group of researchers.

Catherine Sutton-Brady is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the University of Sydney. She holds a PhD from Western Sydney University and her research interests lie in the area of business-to-business marketing especially focussing on relationships and networks. Her current research focuses on relationship dynamics in the retail sector. She has published in these areas as well as in the area of higher education and assessment. Her research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Business Research, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, and Journal of Marketing Education.

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