Special session 1 : Publishing in Technology and Engineering Management

Chair : Tugrul U Daim Full Professor, Portland State University & Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, US

Participants : Robert Davison (Editor-in-Chief of the Information System Journal), Charla Griffy-Brown (Editor-in-Chief of Technology in Society), Manlio Del Giudice (Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Knowledge Management).

This session will review journals and their publication policies in the field of Technology and Engineering Management. Selected editors from leading journals will be invited and present their journals. Furthermore publications strategies for potential authors will be discussed.

Contact : ji2td@pdx.edu

Special session 2 : Publishing in the Journal of Supply Chain Management and other high impact journals

Chair : Mark Pagell, Co-Editor-in-Cheif for The Journal of Supply Chain Management

Most academics want to and or are under pressure to publish in the highest impact journals in their field. But these journals are also typically the ones with the lowest acceptance rates.

Therefore, the broad question this interactive workshop addresses is what can authors do to increase their odds of success when submitting papers to the Journal of Supply Chain Management and similar outlets. Specifically, the workshop will focus on what an author can do in designing their research, writing their manuscript and communicating with the editorial team to have a higher likelihood of being published.

Contact : mark.pagell@ucd.ie

Special session 3 : Complex optimization problems of conventional and reverse logistics

Chairs : Omar Souissi (Professor, INPT Rabat, Morocco), Abdelghani Bekrar (Professor, University of Valenciennes, France), Rachid Benmansour (Professor, INSEA Rabat, Morocco)

The optimization of the supply chain management (SCM) is one of the importantproblems that the operations research community studied since many decades. Several approaches and tools to deal with these problems met in the industry.

However, many of those approaches and algorithms treat the problems in a dissociated manner: each part in the SCM is studied separately; the decisions made in a level of the chain are not necessarilystudied to be compatible with the other levels. For example, many authors observed that the result of the Production Planning in the tactical level does not take into account the constraint of the available capacity in the operational level. The obtained planning is not feasible in this last level.

Another problem observed in those studies is the lack of significant efforts in order to include the reverse logistics problems

The aim of this special session is to present new methods and models that integrate constraints of different levels of the SCM and deal with complex problems in conventional and reverse logistics.

Authors are invited to submit original contributions on Optimization of conventional and reverse logistics, including but not limited to:

  • Modeling and solving integrated problems: Planning, Scheduling, Forecasting, Procurement, Distribution, Loading …
  • Robust methods to solve complex problems by considering real constraints: inventory, backlog, anticipation, multi-level…
  • New challenges in reverse logistics,
  • Industrial cases studies.

Contact : souissi@inpt.ac.ma

Special session 4 : SCM 4.0 – Supply Chain Management for Digital Age

Chair : Satya Shah (Professor & Academic Director of Programmes, Engineering and Technology Management, University of Greenwich UK)

The term Industry 4.0 is the new buzz that promises towards the new industrial revolution – one that marries advanced manufacturing techniques with the internet of things (IoT) to create a digital manufacturing enterprise that is not only interconnected, but communicates, analyzes, and uses information to further drive intelligent action back into the physical world.

Such developments aims to bring profound impacts and changes to the overall aspects of supply chain management. Hence, supply chain management (SCM) in the new era of Industry 4.0 could well be referred as the SCM 4.0. In this aspect, the digital and autonomous linkages within and between companies become a focal point of supply chain management. Through this special session at conference, we aim to bring the wider research community towards presenting the innovation and application of these technological advances on the Supply Chain of the Digital Revolution. Some of the key focus areas where we expect the papers to have coverage will be :

  • Internet of things (IoT) and its impacts on SCM
  • Big Data and Data Analytics in Global Supply Chain Management
  • Industry 4.0 and Impacts on Supply and Demand Chain Management in Manufacturing Industries
  • Effects of digitization and automation on efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility in supply chains
  • Innovative smart services for supply chain management
  • Impacts of digitization on SC decision making, leadership practices, and management principles
  • Impacts of autonomous transportation technologies on SCM
  • Concepts of data security for supply chain applications
  • Analysis of diffusion and digital transformation in supply chains
  • Effects of product and service virtualization on SCM

Contact : s.shah@gre.ac.uk

Special session 5 : ICT Adoption

Chairs  : Chafik Okar (Professor, Hassan 1st Unversity), Abdelali El Bouchti (Hassan 1st Unversity), Morocco

Nowadays, information communication technologies (ICT) is widely considered as a substantial tool in fostering the competitiveness of the economy and it has significant impacts on the productivity improvements of service organizations. These impacts will only be fully realized if ICT are vastly spread and used. Furthermore, it is obvious that the growth rates noticed in the world ensue from the greater adoption and diffusion of ICT into several fields such as Industry, Banking, Healthcare, Education, Agriculture and Governance. Subsequently, it is critical to grasp the limits and challenges of ICT adoption and diffusion and to develop competitive advantages based on adequate and intensive use of ICT.

The fundamental purpose of this special session is to bring researchers and leading experts on Health, Education, Agriculture, Banking, Industry and Governance, with links to ICT to discuss and exchange ideas and present the latest advances and results in their specific research domains. A particular focus of this session is on the role of ICT on risk perception and the management of dangers and threats.

Contact : okar.chafik@gmail.com