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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Venue location

Hotel Lasaretti, Oulu



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Key dates


  • Submission of abstracts: Extended to 9 February 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 9:30am on 28 August 2024 to 2pm on 30 August 2024
  • Conference eve: Get-together 27 August at 7pm

Doctoral colloquium:

  • The doctoral colloquium will take place on 27 August 2024.
  • PhD students interested in participating in the IMP Doctoral Colloquium should submit a 2- page abstract of their PhD proposal by February 29th 2024 to Hanna Komulanen: Read further details here.
  • Full paper submission (max 20 pages): 15 June 2024 to Hanna Komulainen

Contact details


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Conference chairs:

  • Professor Jaana Tähtinen, University of Turku
  • Professor Pauliina Ulkuniemi, University of Oulu

Scientific committee:

  • Professor Aino Halinen, University of Turku,
  • Professor Tuija Mainela, University of Oulu,
  • Professor Satu Nätti, University of Oulu,
  • Professor Asta Salmi, University of Oulu,
  • Professor Saila Saraniemi, University of Oulu

Two Special Issues will be associated with the conference: one in Industrial Marketing Management and another in Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing.

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).

Find out more about the IMP Group.

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.

Special tracks

Business Networks in Market Shaping, Track co-chairs: Aino Halinen, Alexander Flaig and Mariia Syväri (Call for papers)

Resilience in Business Networks, Track co-chairs: Tuija Mainela, Satu Nätti, Joachim Ramström, Saila Saraniemi (Call for papers)

Business networks and biodiversity preservation, Track co-chairs: Anne Quarshie and Asta Salmi (Call for papers)

Business Ecosystems in Industrial Contexts, Track co-chairs: Anna-Greta Nyström and Olga Dziubaniuk (Call for papers)

Digital and technological innovations reshaping business relationships and networks, Track co-chairs: Heikki Karjaluoto, Hannu Makkonen, Joel Mero and Jari Salo (Call for papers)

Human side of business relationships, business networks and their (un)sustainability, Track co-chairs: Ilkka Ojansivu, Maria Ivanova-Gongne, Eini Haaja, Chiara Cantu and Alessandra Tzannis (Call for papers)

Place-based research on business networks and markets, Track co-chairs: Teea Palo and Annmarie Ryan (Call for papers)

Strategizing for Strong Sustainability in Business Networks, Track co-chairs: Jan Hermes, Sari Laari-Salmela and Ann Højbjerg Clarke (Call for papers)

Doctoral colloquium

  • The doctoral colloquium will take place on 27 August 2024.
  • PhD students interested in participating in the IMP Doctoral Colloquium should submit a 2- page abstract of their PhD proposal by February 29th 2024 to Hanna Komulanen: Read further details here.
  • The conference fee for Doctoral Colloquium participants is lower, but it includes full conference participation.
  • Full paper submission (max 20 pages): 15 June 2024
  • Paper submissions to Hanna Komulainen

Submission of Abstracts

  • Abstracts should be maximum on 2 pages + references.
  • Abstract submissions are done by using the online submission system:
  • Abstract submission form opens on January 9, 2024. The final date to submit your abstract is 9 February 2024.
  • In the beginning of the abstract submission process, you are requested to submit the abstract either to the IMP2024 General Track or to one of the Special Tracks (choose only one track).
  • Fill in the author and affiliation details to the system only.
  • The title and the abstract should be entered as plain text, they should not contain HTML elements.
  • Please specify at least three keywords.
  • No need to upload a pdf of the abstract in the form.

Submission of papers

Paper submission is done by updating your accepted abstract submission by adding a pdf file of the paper to your submission. You can also update the abstract (in Easychair: update information) at this point. Please note: In case you submitted the abstract as a pdf file, you need to submit the abstract (again) by filling in the Easychair submission form (copy-paste). Only the anonymous paper can be submitted as a pdf file, not the abstract.

Paper editing instructions

Registration and fees

Conference rates are as follows:

  • 580 euros Early bird rate (closes at midnight on 28 June 2024)
  • 670 euros Standard rate (from 1st July 2024)
  • 300 euros Doctoral Colloquium participants only (register by 28 June 2024)

The fee includes:

  • Attendance at the conference
  • Morning and afternoon coffee/tea on the conference dates stated above
  • Lunch on the conference dates stated above
  • Dinner (Wednesday evening)
  • Conference gala dinner and bus transfer (Thursday evening)

You can register to the conference here.


Programme schedule


Keynote speakers


Call for special track proposals:

We invite researchers to propose special track themes fitting into the general conference theme and IMP research tradition, but highlighting some current or important perspectives that the track chairs would like to promote.

Special track proposals should be sent to by no later than 31.10.2023. Proposals should include the theme, co-chairs and description and justification of the theme (max 500 words + references).

Proposals will be assessed by the Scientific Committee during November 2023. We expect to be able to accommodate 2-3 additional special tracks. We may also suggest merging proposals in case similar themes are proposed.

Last updated: 18.4.2024