The Purchasing and Supply Management (PSM) Fundamentals Teaching Event which took place at Staffordshire University, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on 15th and 16th November was a great success. Both teachers and students had a fantastic time and are very satisfied with the event and its implications.
The teaching/learning event was organised by members from all five institutions of the PERFECT project consortium. Tom Ward from the Project Office at Staffordshire University was responsible for the overall organisation on location, e.g. preparing and handing out certificates, preparation of feedback sheets, organising rooms and media, ordering lunch.
The content and the methods of the teaching activities based on the module descriptor for the PSM fundamentals module developed in Intellectual Output 4 – Curriculum Design of the project.
On the first day, Klaas Stek, Twente University & Graz University of Technology, held a lecture about the core definitions and benefits and meaning of PSM for companies and networks and Steve Kelly, Edge Hill University & Staffordshire University, held lectures on purchasing processes, specification development, stakeholder management and supplier management. Elina Karttunen, Lappeenranta University of Technology, talked about supply market evaluation and the students conducted a negotiation exercise.
The second day started with a guest lecture help by Nigel Peake, the head of purchasing at Staffordshire University, who shared his insights in the challenges of public procurement and his personal career path. Furthermore, the trends digitalisation and sustainability were in focus in the lecture and case study developed by Heike Schulze, Hochschule Mainz, and Laura Berger, TU Dortmund, which followed afterwards. Students developed their own ideas and recommendations applied to a practical case. All lectures were combined with small activities. Finally, all participants received a certificate of participation.
The participants’ roots were very international, which meets the EU project’s goals perfectly. Most of them study accounting and finance on a postgraduate level at Staffordshire University. The students were extremely motivated and interested. They gained lots of new knowledge and enjoyed the interactive methods, as it became evident in their feedback. The PERFECT team had a great time working with the group.
Take a look at the report about the event: PERFECT Teaching Event Report