ISIR WORKSHOP on Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management

October 7th -9th 2015 at EMLYON Business School and the DISP Lab, France


The Workshop will be a special meeting of both economists and operational analysts, thereby attempting to bring together two streams of research within the ISIR Community.

The theme is ‘Sustainable Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, reflecting the key challenges for future in manufacturing and service sector with the particular goal to assess the real costs involved in many supply chains that today still remain invisible and therefore prohibit the transition towards a more sustainable future.

Illustrative example of these invisible costs: today massive amounts of wood are imported by China, from France. In China, this wood is used for manufacturing furniture, which for a significant amount is exported … to France. Local French furniture manufacturers cannot compete with this practice, due to still low wages in Chinese furniture manufacturing but also since environmental costs (e.g. carbon emission) of both production and supply (forth and backwards) are still not calculated.

Papers on all topics related to the theme are invited, however preference will be given first of all to papers focusing on inventory related issues of sustainability and  to the following topics:

  • Analysis of hidden costs impact on sustainable supply chains’ decisions
  • Resource-efficient production, inventory and routing decisions
  • Sustainable design of production and supply chain networks
  • Measurement of supply chain environmental footprint
  • Performance measures, metrics, and impact of sustainable supply chain
  • Reverse logistics and green considerations
  • Sustainability issues in manufacturing and services sector
  • Lean management and its relationship with the sustainable supply chain
  • Information systems for sustainable supply chain
  • Socially responsible supply chains
  • Reference models for green production and supply chains
  • Strategies and decision making for resource efficient supply chains
  • The impact of e-commerce on logistics
  • Urban Logistics


The workshop is intended as a forum for presenting innovative and transformational ideas in the field. Contributions addressing contemporary and future practical challenges in the transition towards sustainable and resource-efficient supply chains are strongly encouraged.

Presenting at the workshop is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged, especially for students who may have little previous experience or who wish to present in a relaxed environment among peers.

A collection of the extended abstracts will be published after the workshop, supplemented with a set of conclusions and suggestions based on the workshop discussions.

Important Dates

Registration opening: 5 June 2015
Submission of extended abstract deadline: 15 August 2015
Notification of Acceptance: 10 September 2015
Registration deadline: 20 September 2015
Workshop: 7-9 October 2015 in Lyon, France


Registration Fee:

The workshop is sponsored by ISIR and EMLYON Business School, and only 50 euros administration fee will be charged for registration and attendance.

The invitation covers all meals (three days’ lunches, one gastronomic dinner, coffee breaks) during the workshop and the social programs. Travel and accommodation should be arranged and paid by the participants.

The workshop will take place in the French Capital of Gastronomy, Lyon, which is also known for its historical and architectural landmarks and which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lyon is also a major centre for banking as well as for chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries

Instruction for contributors:

An extended abstract (minimum 600 and maximum 1000 words) should be submitted by email to Yacine Rekik (email: and by cceing ISIR (email: before the deadline – 15 August 2015.

Author(s) of the accepted abstract (at least one person) must register, attend the workshop and present the paper. For registering, authors can send an email with their details (Name, Affiliation and email address) to Yacine Rekik ( and by cceing ISIR ( Please note that in case of cancellation after September 20 or no-show, no refunds of the administration fee will be made.

Organizing team:

Dr. Yacine Rekik, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, EMLYON Business School, DISP Lab

Phone: +33 4 78338678



Prof. Dr. Henk Zijm, Professor of Production and Supply Chain Management, University of Twente

Phone: +31 53 489 3912



Professor Attila Chikán, Director, Competitiveness Research Centre, Corvinus University of Budapest

Executive Vice President of ISIR

Phone: + 36 1 267 8740



For further information please visit the official website:



About EMLYON Business School:

EMLYON is a European Business School devoted to lifelong learning for entrepreneurial and international management. Its entrepreneurial and educational project consists in stimulating the social responsibility of its participants, thus giving them all the support needed to achieve business success in the various cultural and economic systems around the world. Its know-how in training is based both on theory and on day-to-day company management.  Its distinctive quality is founded on teaching innovation and an entrepreneurial approach to management education.


About the DISP Lab:

The DISP (Decision & Information Sciences for Production Systems) laboratory research deals with the design and application of decision-making methods and information systems in order to improve the performance of systems producing goods and services, networked companies and global supply chains. The originality of this laboratory is its skills both in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science for companies.

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