Apr 01






FEBRUARY 24-28, 2020




The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to meet, present and develop ideas on subjects within the field of Production Economics, which treats the interface between engineering and economics/management. The ultimate objective is to create and develop knowledge for improving industrial practice and to strengthen the methodological and theoretical base necessary for supporting sound decision making.


Nowadays, industry is facing the challenges of sustainable development, energy conservation, emerging markets, digital transformation of manufacturing including cloud computing, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, sharing economy and internet of things, which are also in the central focus of investigation in the field of Production Economics. In this conference, the potential topics include but are not limited to:

  • General production economics
  • Production planning and control, hierarchical production planning
  • Lean production and related production concepts
  • Risk management, disasters and resilience
  • Decision support systems
  • Performance measurement
  • Investment and financial planning
  • Sustainable operations
  • Industry 4.0/digital technology in manufacturing
  • Behavioural supply chain and operations management


Important dates

Abstract, November 1, 2019

Acceptance of abstracts, December 1, 2019

Full papers, January 17, 2020

Registration, January 17, 2020

Conference, February 24-28, 2020


Abstracts and full papers

Participants who wish to present papers are requested to send an abstract, not exceeding 250 words (in Word format), to the Programme Committee by November 1, 2019 at the latest. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified to authors by December 1, 2019. The number of participants will be limited. Full papers should be submitted by January 17, 2020.


Papers presented will be reviewed after the conference. Accepted papers will be published in a proceedings issue of the International Journal of Production Economics by Elsevier according to the procedure required by the journal.


Presentation and discussion

Papers submitted will be distributed to all participants at the beginning of the conference. A discussant will be appointed for each paper. The intention is that models and methods presented, and the discussion of them, will result in concrete ideas for future research and developments in this area. Participants of the conference are expected to act as discussants within their field of expertise.

The conference is a Working Seminar intending to provide ample opportunities for interaction between Authors, Discussants and Audience. Each paper will be given 45 minutes, including 30 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of discussion. Participants are therefore recommended to join the sessions of the conference for at least three of the four days.

The conference language is English.


Organisation of sessions

The conference will begin Tuesday and end Friday, organized in morning sessions 8.00‑11.30 am and evening sessions (except Friday) 7.00-9.15 pm. Afternoons will be free for other activities. Busses will be available for participants going to skiing areas. A reception and registration will be held on Monday evening.


Registration and fee

The basic fee for the conference is € 500 including VAT. The fee covers reception, morning and evening coffees, farewell cocktails, and conference materials.


Organisation Committee


Professor Hubert Missbauer, Universität Innsbruck, Austria, hubert.missbauer@uibk.ac.at

Professor Ou Tang, Linköping University, Sweden, ou.tang@liu.se


Committee members

  1. Agrell, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven
  2. Çelebi, Istanbul Technical University
  3. de Kok, Eindhoven University of Technology
  4. Demeter, Corvinus University of Budapest
  5. Ding, Beijing Jiaotong University
  6. Dolgui, IMT Atlantique
  7. Hallikas, Lappeenranta University of Technology
  8. F. Hartl, Universität Wien
  9. Lo Nigro, Università di Palermo
  10. Matsukawa, Keio University
  11. M. Naim, Cardiff University
  12. (Victor), Shi, Wilfrid Laurier University
  13. Minner, Technische Universität München
  14. Reiner, WU Vienna
  15. Robb, The University of Auckland Business School

M.-L. Tseng, Asia University

R.H. Teunter, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

  1. Uzsoy, North Carolina State University
  2. Zanoni, Università degli Studi di Brescia



University of Innsbruck, SOWI Building, Universitaetsstrasse 15, A-6020 Innsbruck.
Conference email and website

Email: productioneconomics2020@uibk.ac.at

Website: https://www.uibk.ac.at/wipl/ProductionEconomics2020/  (to be opened soon)



Feb 26

International Symposium on Forecasting

16-19 June 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece – Makedonia Palace Hotel

The International Symposium on Forecasting (ISF) is the premier forecasting conference, attracting the world’s leading forecasting researchers, practitioners, and students. Through a combination of keynote speaker presentations, academic sessions, workshops, and social programs, the ISF provides many excellent opportunities for networking, learning, and fun.


Important Dates – 2019:

Invited Session Proposals: 15 February

Abstract Submissions: 8 March

Early Registration Ends: 19 April


For more information visit the ISF website or contact the IIF Business Director, isf@forecasters.org

About ISF >>>

The International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), a nonprofit organization founded in 1982, is dedicated to developing and furthering the generation, distribution, and use of knowledge on forecasting. The IIF keeps its members abreast of the latest trends and research in forecasting through its publications, events and website. Its members are drawn from corporations and institutes of higher learning in more than one hundred countries and form a vibrant community for networking and professional development.

Jan 03




Organized by the International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) and hosted by the University KU Leuven, the 14th ISIR Summer School will be held in Leuven, Belgium from August 26th until August 30th , 2019. ISIR’s bi-annual Summer School aims to bring together PhD students and professors with a background in inventory management to discuss and improve their research. This year’s theme will revolve around “Logistics 4.0: Inventory management in a digital era”.

Industry 4.0, the Internet-of-Things or Smart Industry are only a few nicknames to describe our current digitalized economy, characterized by automation, communicating devices and the increased availability of data and computing power. New methodologies such as advanced data science and machine learning have found their way into various business applications such as self-driving cars, virtual assistants or improved fraud detection. But these techniques also have applications to improve inventory management. The impact of these (and other) innovative approaches on inventory management plays a central role in this year’s Summer School.

We welcome researchers that contribute to the development of innovative approaches within inventory management. We welcome any contribution which advances theoretical and applied inventory modelling and management.

Key research streams that will be included in the Summer School are (but not limited to):

  • Forecasting for Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management for Service Logistics
  • Interface between Inventory Management and Transport & Logistics (Synchromodal Transport, Collaborative Shipping, etc.)
  • Supply Chain Design and inventory management
  • Technological and Business Interfaces to Inventory Management
  • Inventory Management for Humanitarian Operations
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Machine Learning for Inventory Management
  • Supply Chain Dynamics
  • Offshoring, Nearshoring and Dual Sourcing
  • Inventory management for perishable goods
  • Inventory management for sustainable supply chains


March 30th, 2019 Deadline to apply for accommodation in student rooms (an abstract is expected to be submitted before applying to the dormitories).
April 30th, 2019 Deadline for submission of abstracts by Ph.D. students and deadline for application by senior researchers.
May 15th, 2019 Notification of acceptance.
June 15th, 2019 Deadline for registration (with payment) for both Ph.D. students and senior researchers.
June 30th, 2019 Deadline for submission of complete working papers by the Ph.D. students.

More information: https://feb.kuleuven.be/drc/ISIR2019

Jan 03

10th European Decision Sciences Conference 

(EDSI 2019), Nottingham, 2-5 June, 2019.

See: http://www.edsi-conference.org/

The conference theme is ‘Decision Sciences in a Connected World‘.


Keynote speakers

Prof Martin Everett (Manchester) – The Power of Social Network Analysis

Rob Johnson (Purchasing Director, JLR) – Seeking the Best Suppliers in the World – Competition and Collaboration

Neil Ashworth (CEO, Collect+) – Retail Beyond the Tipping Point  – Tackling the Fulfilment Challenges in Omni-Channel Retailing 


Dedicated special sessions running within the conference:

Fintech – Prof Meryum Duygun, University of Nottingham.

Digital Business Transformations – Prof. Sabine Baumann, OFFIS, Institute for Information Technology, Oldenburg.

Public Procurement/Humanitarian Aid SCM – Prof. Christine Harland, Politecnico di Milano.

Sustainability Research in Japan – Prof. Tetsuo Yamada, UEC, Tokyo.

Quality Management Research: Future Directions – Prof. Tom Foster, Brigham Young, Utah.

Digital Healthcare – Prof.  Amrik Sohal, Monash, Melbourne.


A distinctive feature will be tutorial sessions to upskill/reskill:

Conducting Rigorous Survey-based Research – (Prof. Antony Paulraj, Nottingham Ningbo)

Complex Networks Analysis – an Introduction – (Dr. Guven Demirel, Queen Mary)

Bayesian Methods and Knowledge Elicitation – (Prof. John Quigley, Strathclyde)

Understanding Cricket (Dr Anshuman Chutani, Nottingham) to coincide with the cricket World cup.


Best paper awards for best theory-oriented and best applications-oriented papers, as well as best PhD student presentations.


If you are interested in organising sessions/workshops/panels etc. on any specif topics, let one or one of our local organising committee know and we can discuss what might work – Bart MacCarthy, Christos Braziotis, Anshuman Chutani, Kim Tan, Anne Touboulic, Gongtao Zhang.


CONTACT  edsi2019@nottingham.ac.uk


EDSI 2019 invites contributions from across the full spectrum of disciplines relevant to the decision sciences, including analysis, modeling, and qualitative studies. Relevant areas and topics include, but are not limited to,:


Decision Theory Behavioral Decision Making Public Sector Decision Making
Network Science Social Network Analysis Ecosystems and Open Innovation
Digital Business Transformations Platform and Cloud-based Commerce Finance and Fintech
Purchasing & Procurement Management Quality in the Global Supply Chain Supply Chain Management
Project Management Health Care Management Humanitarian Operations
Risk, Reliability and Safety Management Information Systems and Big Data IoT, the Physical Internet and Industry 4.0
Research Methods  Tutorial Sessions Panels & Workshops



Abstract submission                              7 February 2019

Notification of acceptance                   14 March 2019

Full paper submission (optional)          18 April 2019

Best paper awards for best theory-oriented and best applications-oriented papers presented at the conference, as well as awards for best PhD student presentations.

Fast-track journal submissions will be available for full papers for the Decision Sciences Journal, the International Journal of Production Economics, the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, the Quality Management Journal, and AI in Finance.

We look forward to meeting you at EDSI 2019 in Nottingham!



Dec 17

20th International Symposium on Inventories

20th International Symposium on Inventories
20-24 August 2018 – Danubius Health Spa Resort Margitsziget,
Budapest, Hungary

The International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR) organized its 20th International Symposium on Inventories, the only scholarly forum in the world focusing directly on inventories in August 2018.

Click here to download the Book of Abstracts

Please find below the photo links of the event: 


August 20, Day 1

August 21, Day 2

August 22, Excursion Day

August 23, Day 4

August 24, Day 5

Dec 17

Inventories in National Economies

Chikan, A., Kovacs, E., Matyusz, Z., Sass, M., Vakhal, P.

Inventories in National Economies

A Cross-Country Analysis of Macroeconomic Data

Provides a deeper understanding on the formation of inventories, structural relationships, and also the long-term characteristics of national economies. Introduces a new approach in the field of macroeconomic inventory studies. Uses multivariate statistics to evaluate long-term characteristics of inventory investments in developed countries.

More info >>>>

Dec 17

Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

H. Zijm, M. Klumpp, A. Regattieri, S. Heragu (Eds.)
Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Series: Lecture Notes in Logistics

Offers unique international perspectives from authors experienced in both research and industrial cooperation

Applies an international textbook approach with “three-level structure” per chapter: basic, advanced, state-of-the-art

Provides both an overview and a source on latest developments Features motivating case studies in many chapters

This book provides an overview of important trends and developments in logistics and supply chain research, making them available to practitioners, while also serving as a point of reference for academicians. Operations and logistics are cornerstones of modern supply chains that in turn are essential for global business and economics. The composition, character and importance of supply chains and networks are rapidly changing, due to technological innovations such as Information and Communication Technologies, Sensors and Robotics, Internet of Things, and Additive Manufacturing, to name a few (often referred to as Industry 4.0). Societal developments such as environmental consciousness, urbanization or the optimal use of scarce resources are also impacting how supply chain networks are configured and operated. As a result, future supply chains will not just be assessed in terms of costeffectiveness and speed, but also the need to satisfy agility, resilience and sustainability requirements. To face these challenges, an understanding of the basic as well as more advanced concepts and recent innovations is essential in building competitive and sustainable supply chains and, as part of that, logistics and operations. These span multiple disciplines and geographies, making them interdisciplinary and international. Therefore, this book contains contributions and views from a variety of experts from multiple countries, and combines management, engineering as well as basic information technology and social concepts. More info >>>

Dec 13

9th IFAC Conference MIM2019 – on Manufacturing Modelling, Management and Control

MIM 2019 OPEN INVITED TRACK ON: Human factors in production and logistics systems of the future
28-30 August 2019
Berlin, Germany

Organized by:

Fabio Sgarbossa (University of Padua, Italy) fabio.sgarbossa@unipd.it
Daria Battini (University of Padua, Italy) daria.battini@unipd.it
Christoph H. Glock (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) glock@pscm.tu-darmstadt.de
Eric H. Grosse (Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany) grosse@pscm.tu-darmstadt.de
W. Patrick Neumann (Ryerson University, Canada) pneumann@ryerson.ca

Despite the opportunities the automatization of industrial and logistic systems offers, many companies still rely on human work in many areas. Most planning models that have been proposed in the past to support managerial decision making in industrial and logistic systems have neglected the specific characteristics of human workers, which often led to unrealistic planning outcomes or work schedules that may even be harmful to workers employed in the system. To guarantee a high level of productivity and efficiency and to make sure that decision support models reflect reality as much as possible, it is necessary to consider human factors (synonymous here with ergonomics) in designing industrial and logistic systems that are reliable, efficient, and safe workplaces. Even though recent research has started to integrate human factors issues into decision support models – for example by modelling learning effects or human energy expenditure – there still seems to be a large gap in the literature concerning the development of decision support models for industrial and logistic systems that take account of the interaction between the human worker and the design of the logistics system. The latter can, unlike the worker, be heavily influenced by the system designer.

Generally, human factors (perceptual, mental, physical and psychosocial aspects) determine the performance of industrial and logistic systems to a large extent if human operators are employed. This aspect becomes more challenging in light of demographic changes, which will likely put human factor-related issues in logistics – such as the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders in labor-intensive work environments, for example – on top of the agendas in many companies. In addition, the consequences of using industry 4.0 technologies that assist operators in their manual work, such as augmented reality, adaptable workstations or cobots, are not yet fully understood in light of human performance and errors. This session aims at investigating the development of innovative approaches for the integration of human factors in system design to create human-centered production and logistics systems of the future.

Draft papers submission deadline: 15 December 2018
Notification of acceptance: 20 February 2019
Full papers submission deadline: 15 March 2019
Early registration deadline: 31 March 2019
Late registration deadline: 1st April 2019
Conference date: 28-30 August 2019

Download the full anouncement >>>


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