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.

Sep 23

24 International Conference on Production Research

New challenges for production research

Poznan, Poland – July 30 – August 3, 2017







Abstract submission: December 15, 2016

Conference website: www.24icpr2017.put.poznan.pl


The areas are organized as follows, however, the scope of the conference is not limited to subject listed above and all the original papers within production research scope are kindly invited.

Advanced manufacturing processes and systems:
–        advanced manufacturing techniques and technologies,
–        digital manufacturing and virtual factories,
–        mechatronics,
–        CAM/CAD,
–        additive manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing:
–        Human-oriented manufacturing,
–        Energy efficient systems,
–        Green development,
–        City logistics,
–        Natural resources safety

IT/AI for manufacturing:
–        Simulation and visualization,
–        Industrial IoT and Cyber-Physical systems
–        AI in manufacturing systems
–        Augmented reality
–        IT safety

Manufacturing management:
–        Lean, agile, reconfigurable manufacturing systems.
–        Resources (human, knowledge, financial, technical) management

Manufacturing strategies:
–        SCM
–        Innovativeness
–        e-manufacturing

Support and service processes:
–        RCM, RBM, MRM and self-maintenance
–        Logistics
–        Physical Internet


Special sessions:

The invitation for special session proposals includes two types of events: invited session proposal (the proposer is responsible for inviting the participants to present their research results within the session subject) and open session proposal (the proposer suggest the research area and all authors willing to present the specific aspect of their work have opportunity to contribute to the session).


Poster sessions:

Poster presentation is optional for some of the papers accepted for the conference (if suggested by the authors themselves or the reviewers).


Conference website: www.24icpr2017.put.poznan.pl


Important dates and fees:

Abstract submission: December 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance of an abstract: February 16, 2017

Final paper submission: April 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance of a full paper: May 30, 2017

Early bird registration deadline: June 2, 2017

Registration deadline: June 30, 2017

Conference Dates: July 30 – August 3, 2017

Fees: are to be set by the 30 October

















Sep 22

8th Annual Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI) 2017

Information and Operational Decision Sciences:
The Interplay of Information Technology and Operational Decision Science

Granada, Spain — May 29 – June 1, 2017


The deadline for submitting full papers and abstracts is January 15th, 2017.
Website: http://grxworkshop-en.congressus.es/edsi2017


Information and Operational Decision Sciences

Information technology (IT) capabilities enable firms to digitally transform their business processes to pursue business flexibility, quality, and innovation, thus improving the firms’ operational performance. Operational capabilities and performance are the heart of the business model to survive in the long run.

As two separate fields in many Business Schools (i.e., Information Systems and Operations Management), sometimes it seems as IT is from Mars and operations management from Venus. The Decision Sciences community is the ideal platform to pursue an “anti-disciplinary” (i.e., multi-disciplinary) approach to develop research and teaching work combining the two fields. Because in the interplay of IT and operational decision making the whole is more than the sum of its parts, this Conference calls for high-quality research on the interplay of IT and operational decision making.

The 1st Annual Conference of the EDSI was hosted by IESE Business School in Barcelona (Spain) in 2010, and it come back to Spain (Granada) in 2017. The Conference is hosted by the Department of Management of the University of Granada, an “anti-disciplinary” Department that integrates the field of Operations Management, Strategy, Information Systems, and Human Resource Management, which converts it in an ideal place to manage the Conference.


Call for papers

We call for high-quality research on the Conference theme: “Information and Operational Decision Sciences”, and for rigorous research on any of the following tracks and topics. Other interesting topics not explicitly included in the list are also welcomed.


Information Systems

  • Interplay of IT and operational decision making.
  • Business value of IT.
  • IT-enabled organizational capabilities.
  • IT and innovation activities.
  • Business value of social media.
  • Social media and business activities.
  • Social media and customer value proposition.
  • Social media and innovation activities.
  • Big data and business analytics.


Operations Management

  • Interplay of IT and operational decision making.
  • Big data and operational decision making.
  • Supply chain management.
  • Innovation management.
  • Supply chain management and open innovation.
  • Globalization of manufacturing operations.
  • Quality management.
  • Triple bottom line and operations management.
  • Behavioral aspects of operations management.
  • Decision making in public organizations.


Strategy and Human Resource Management

  • New trends in entrepreneurship activities.
  • Interface between IT and strategic management.
  • Interface between IT and human resource management.
  • Interface between strategic and operations management.
  • Interface between human resource and operations management.


Decision Sciences in Accounting, Finance, and Marketing

  • Accounting, financial, and marketing decision making in organizations.


Instructional development in Decision Sciences

  • Advances and innovation in teaching in courses on Information Systems, Operations Management, Strategy, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing.


The best full papers selected by the Scientific Committee will be considered for publication in the International Journal of Production Economics subject to review.


The deadline for submitting full papers and abstracts is January 15th, 2017. You can find more information in the Conference website: http://grxworkshop-en.congressus.es/edsi2017


We look forward to seeing you in Granada!


Jose Benitez, Conference Chair

Javier Llorens, Conference Co-Chair

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