Oct 10

New Book: Sustainable Supply Chains – Research Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy

Editors: Bouchery, Y., Corbett, C.J., Fransoo, J.C., Tan, T. (Eds.)
  • First edited text designed specifically for graduate courses in Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Editors are leaders in the field
  • Online support, including new cases as needed



This book is primarily intended to serve as a research-based textbook on sustainable supply chains for graduate programs in Business, Management, Industrial Engineering, and Industrial Ecology, but it should also be of interest for researchers in the broader sustainable supply chain space, whether from the operations management and industrial engineering side or more from the industrial ecology and life-cycle assessment side.


As firms become progressively more tightly coupled in global supply chains, rather than being large vertically integrated monoliths, risks and opportunities associated with activities upstream or downstream will increasingly impinge upon their own wellbeing. For a firm to thrive, it is increasingly imperative that it be aware of economic, environmental and social dimensions of the entire supply chain it belongs to, and that it proactively monitor and manage those. Finding efficient solutions towards a more sustainable supply chain is increasingly important for managers, but clearly this raise difficult questions, often without clear answers. This book aims to provide insights into these kinds of questions for students and practitioners, based on the latest academic research. We have noticed a recent surge in the number of courses on “sustainable supply chain management” or related topics, but a relative lack of corresponding teaching materials. While sustainability has been widely studied at the level of company strategy and extensive related pedagogical materials exist, there is still a relative lack of materials on sustainability with a supply chain management perspective.

Oct 06

Two Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in Operational Research

Two Post-Doctoral Research Assistants in Operational Research (Forecasting and Inventory Control) in Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University


Two exciting opportunities are currently available within Cardiff Business School to conduct cutting-edge implementable research in the area of circular economy. This 2-year project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK, EP/P008925, Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons) and it aims at advancing knowledge and making an impact in real world practices in the area of forecasting and inventory / production control in a remanufacturing context. The project benefits from the support of three industrial collaborators as well as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The successful candidates will be part of the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) section of the School and benefit from exposure to an academic community that equally emphasises theoretical rigour and practical implementation. They will also benefit from collaborative work within the newly formed Logistics Research Centre, funded by Panalpina World Transport Ltd, and a currently ongoing knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) with a remanufacturer in North Wales.


We wish to appoint two post-doctoral research assistants (PDRAs) in the area of operational research. For the first RA we look for:

  • A strong operational research / management science background with specific emphasis on statistical forecasting (times series analysis or econometrics) or a strong industrial engineering / manufacturing management background in engineering informatics / data analytics.

For the second RA we look for:

  • A strong operational research / management science background with specific expertise in systems modelling and/or a control engineering background – with knowledge of inventory management and production planning and control.


Please contact Professor Aris Syntetos (Aris@cardiff.ac.uk) with all enquiries.

Oct 06

13th ISIR Summer School

13th ISIR Summer School on Competitive Advantage through Resource Efficiency 

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria

August 21-25, 2017


Deadline for abstract submission: April 30, 2017



The 13th ISIR Summer School is organised by the International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) and WU Vienna University of Economics and Business and will take place at WU Vienna, Austria, from 21st to 25th August 2017 with the central theme “Competitive Advantage through Resource Efficiency”. The main theme of this summer school is to discuss how advanced inventory management can improve material and capacity efficiency. Inventory management of raw and recycled materials, semi-finished and finished goods affects resource efficiency and improves sustainability.  Models considering multiple supply sources may allow for mitigation of supply risk. Managing perishable products as in food supply chains can benefit strongly from advanced inventory models. Also, approaches leading to better forecasts contribute to material efficiency through inventory management. However, although the main theme of this summer school is on resource efficiency, we welcome any contribution which advances theoretical and applied inventory modelling and management.

As in previous years the goal is again to bring together Ph.D. students and professors with an interest in inventory management to discuss and improve their research on various aspects of inventory management from a conceptual, empirical, and modelling perspective. We welcome both theoretical research as well as research on applications in inventory management. Key topics for this summer school include but are not limited to:

  • Material recycling, reuse and remanufacturing
  • Reducing waste in food supply chains
  • Forecasting for inventory management
  • Inventory management affecting the triple bottom line
  • Supply chain design and inventory management
  • Technological and business interfaces to inventory management
  • Inventory management in service and non-profit organisations
  • Supply chain risks and inventory management



A detailed program of the summer school will be made available through the summer school’s web site www.wu.ac.at/isir2017. Our aim is to organise a summer school with 30-40 participants, with a balanced mix of Ph.D. students and senior researchers.

For each presentation two participants, one Ph.D. student and one senior researcher, will act as discussants. In addition to the presentations of Ph.D. students, senior researchers will give talks and offer tutorials.

A site visit including a social programme will be organised on Wednesday. Further details about the company visits will be made available on the summer school’s web site.


Important Dates

30th April 2017    Deadline for submission of abstracts by Ph.D. students and deadline for application by senior researchers

15th May 2017     Notification of acceptance by the organisers

30th June 2017     Deadline for registration (with payment) for both Ph.D. students and senior researchers

30th June 2017     Deadline for submission of complete working papers by the Ph.D. students


Application and Registration

We invite Ph.D. students to apply to participate in the summer school by submitting an extended abstract of their research of about 400‐500 words until 30th April 2017. Ph.D. students will be notified about the acceptance of their paper before 15th May 2017. Each accepted Ph.D. student is supposed to submit a complete working paper no later than 30th June 2017. Please attach a confirmation about your PhD status from your supervisor at an accredited university with your application.

Senior researchers who would like to give a presentation or act as a discussant are asked to send a note before 30th April 2017. Senior researchers are encouraged to participate together with a Ph.D. student.

Both, Ph.D. students and senior researchers, are kindly asked to register before 30th June 2017. The registration fee for the summer school is € 200 and includes lunches, an excursion and the social program. A registration form will be available on our web page by that time.


Location and Venue

WU Vienna is the largest university focusing on business and economics in Europe and one of the largest universities in Austria. It has been continuously ranked as one of the best business schools in Europe and belongs to an elite club of few universities holding triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA. WU’s roughly 2,100 employees are working continuously to further improve teaching and research quality and campus life in all relevant areas. Excellent, research-led teaching is extremely important to WU. Through research and education, WU contributes to sustainable, future-oriented thinking, responsibility in business and economics, and the development of solutions to economic, social, and ecological problems. WU offers a broad range of English-taught programmes and emphasises internationalisation in its research activities.

Apart from its impressive, award-winning architecture, WU’s modern campus also boasts a range of attractive dining options and publicly accessible grounds that encourage students, staff, and area residents to explore Campus WU and enjoy its unique atmosphere.



There is a good choice of hotel rooms of various categories available in Vienna. Participants requiring accommodation are invited to book their own rooms. A list of suggested hotels will be made available on the website.

Dr. Johannes Fichtinger


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