Twentieth International Working Seminar on Production Economics

Innsbruck, Austria, February 19-23, 2018

Abstract submission deadline: November 1, 2017 



The Seminar Objective

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an opportunity for research scientists and practitioners to meet, present and develop their ideas on subjects within the field of Production Economics. Papers submitted will be distributed to all participants in advance. 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 Seminar are expected to act as discussants within their field of expertise.

Production Economics
focuses on scientific topics treating the interface between engineering and economics/management. The subject is interdisciplinary in nature. The ultimate objective is to create and develop knowledge for improving industrial practice and to strengthen the theoretical base necessary for supporting sound decision making. Tracing economic and financial consequences in the analysis of the problem and solution reported, belongs to the central theme.

Call for abstracts
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, 2017 at the latest (by email to The conference language is English. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified to authors by ca December 1, 2017. The number of participants will be limited.
The Seminar is a Working Seminar intending to provide ample opportunities for interaction between Authors, Discussants and Audience. Participants are therefore recommended to join the sessions of the seminar for at least three of the four days. By submitting an abstract authors implicitly agree to have their paper published in the Seminar Proceedings, which means that their paper has not been published  nor is intended to be published elsewhere. 

Full papers should be submitted by January 10, 2018, in order to be included in the Pre-Prints. Papers presented will be reviewed after the seminar. Accepted papers will be printed in a proceedings issue of the International Journal of Production Ec onomics by Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Seminar location

Congress Innsbruck Rennweg 3, A-6020 Innsbruck Phone: 43-512-575600, fax: +43-512-575607

Seminar sessions
The seminar will be held in Congress Innsbruck beginning Tuesday and ending Friday 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. Buses will be available for participants going to skiing areas.
Reception and Registration
A reception will be held on Monday, February 19, beginning at 6 pm in Kristall Foyer, Congress Innsbruck. Registration takes place prior to the reception.

Internet access
Internet is accessible in the Congress Hall by wireless connection. Conference fee The basic fee for the seminar is € 695.00 (Paperback PrePrints, USB stick and CD), or € 600.00 (PrePrints on USB stick and CD), including VAT. The fee covers reception, morning and evening coffees, PrePrints and Farewell Cocktails. The fee is to be paid into Tiroler Sparkassen AG, Innsbruck: IBAN: AT9120 5030 3300 415746, BIC: SPIHAT22XXX, Account: PRODECO, by January 10, 2018.
Please identify your name with the payment. Payment can also be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) on the attached Application Form. Payment into Tiroler Sparkasse is the preferred option for participants from the eurozone.
Accompanying family members are not requested to pay any basic fee.

Programme Committee

M. Bogataj, University of Ljubljana

D. Çelebi, Istanbul Technical University

A. Chikán, Corvinus University, Budapest

H. Ding, Beijing Jiaotong University

A. Dolgui, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Étienne

G. Fandel, Fern-Universität Hagen

L. Gelders, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven

R. F. Hartl, Universität Wien

G. Lo Nigro, Università di Palermo

H. Matsukawa, Keio University, Yokohama

S. Minner, Technische Universität München

Ch. O’Brien, Nottingham University

C. Pappis, University of Piraeus

L. Peccati, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan

J.E. Rowcroft, University of New Brunswick

R.H. Teunter, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

M. Tuominen, Lappeenranta University of Technology

S.M. Wagner, Eidgenössige Technische Hochschule, Zürich

D.C. Whybark, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Organisation Committee

R.W. Grubbström, Linköping Institute of Technology

H.H. Hinterhuber, Universität Innsbruck

J. Lundquist, Linköping Institute of Technology

A. Mayr, Universität Innsbruck

Official mailing address and Web Site

Organisation Committee,

Att: Professor Hans H. Hinterhuber, Falkstrasse 16, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria. e-mails:, Fax: +43 512 582414.

Web site:

Social Programme

A Social Programme for participants and their accompanying family members will be arranged, including a Tyrolean dinner, a tour of Innsbruck art galleries, a visit to Swarovski Crystal Worlds, the Ski Jump, the Nordpark Cable Railway, and several other activities.

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