Oulu Business School, Turku School of Economics, and The Industrial Marketing and Purchasing Group (IMP) are proud to welcome you to join the IMP2024 Conference in Oulu, Finland on 28-30 August 2024.

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Hotel Lasaretti, Oulu

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  • Submission of abstracts: 26 January 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 16 February 2024
  • Full paper submission: 19 April 2024
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 31 May 2024
  • Registration: early bird closes 28 June 2024
  • Main conference: from 12pm on 28 August 2024 to 2pm on 30 August 2024

Doctoral colloquium:

  • Application process and schedule will be specified later.
  • The doctoral colloquium will take place on 27 August 2024.

Conference chairs: Professor Jaana Tähtinen, University of Turku and Professor Pauliina Ulkuniemi, University of Oulu

The IMP Group

The IMP Group is an informal, international network of hundreds of scholars who approach marketing, purchasing, innovation, technological development and management from an interactive perspective, in a B2B and a B2C context.

The group was formed in the mid-1970s as a transnational research project on "Industrial Marketing and Purchasing", by a group of researchers representing five European countries and institutions: the Universities of Uppsala, Bath, the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), ESC Lyon and the Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich).

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Call for papers

The conference theme, Regenerating business markets for a better world, invites courageous research that, through the lenses of IMP research tradition, examines business markets in the light of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).  The IMP Group stands for three main features: (1) a dynamic approach to economic exchange, (2) empirically driven research on inter-organizational interactions, and (3) an informal network of researchers forming a vibrant international community (

In addition to regular IMP themes on marketing, purchasing, innovation, technological development and management from an interactive perspective, we encourage authors to address the roles of all market actors in protecting and respecting the environment and the society at large. The 40th IMP conference theme covers papers that focus on market actors’ role(s) related to the following under-studied aspects; human rights; poverty; diversity; gender and social equality; inclusion; the sustainable development gaps; the interdependence of the SDG goals; and un-anticipated consequences of good deeds. In addition, we appreciate studies that include less-studied hybrid, micro and small companies, bottom-of-the-pyramid markets, and public-private-NGO-collaborations. Processual studies, papers of a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary nature and those developing methodology are also welcome.

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Last updated: 8.9.2023