Twenty-Second International Working Seminar on Production Economics





FEBRUARY 21-25, 2022




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 for supporting sound decision making. With current situation, we aim to organise the conference onsite in Innsbruck, and also offer online solutions for colleagues with traveling difficulties.

Nowadays, industry is facing the challenges of global pandemic, sustainable development, energy system transformation, new business models, digitalization, data analytics, artificial intelligence, sharing economy and platform operations, 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 and digital supply chains

· Humanitarian operations & logistics

· Closed loop supply chains

· Behavioural supply chain and operations management

· Global supply chain security

· Platform operations and sharing operations

Important dates

Abstract, November 1, 2021

Acceptance of abstracts, December 1, 2021

Full papers, January 14, 2022

Registration, January 14, 2022

Conference, February 21-25, 2022

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, 2021 at the latest. Acceptance of abstracts will be notified to authors by December 1, 2021. The number of participants will be limited. Full papers should be submitted by January 14, 2022.

Papers presented can be submitted for publication 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 will be distributed to all participants. A discussant will be appointed for each paper. The intention is that studies presented, and the discussion of them, will result in concrete ideas for future research and developments. Conference participants 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. Participants can join the presentation and discussion either onsite or online. 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. A reception and registration will be held on Monday evening.

Registration and fee

The conference fee is €500 for onsite participants and €300 for online participants, both including VAT. The fee covers reception, morning and evening coffees, farewell cocktails, and conference materials.

Organisation Committee


Professor Hubert Missbauer, Universität Innsbruck, Austria,

Professor Ou Tang, Linköping University, Sweden,


S. Minner, Technische Universität München

G. Reiner, WU Vienna

Committee members

P. Agrell, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven

D. Çelebi, Istanbul Technical University

T. de Kok, Eindhoven University of Technology

K. Demeter, Corvinus University of Budapest

A. Diabat, New York University Abu Dhabi

H. Ding, Beijing Jiaotong University

A. Dolgui, IMT Atlantique

J. Hallikas, Lappeenranta University of Technology

R. F. Hartl, Universität Wien

G. Lo Nigro, Università di Palermo

H. Matsukawa, Keio University

M. M. Naim, Cardiff University

C. (Victor), Shi, Wilfrid Laurier University

D. Robb, The University of Auckland Business School

M.-L. Tseng, Asia University

R.H. Teunter, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

R. Uzsoy, North Carolina State University

S. Zanoni, Università degli Studi di Brescia

Advisory Committee

R.W. Grubbström, Linköping Institute of Technology

H. H. Hinterhuber, Universität Innsbruck

M. Bogataj, University of Ljubljana

A. Chikán, Corvinus University, Budapest

G. Fandel, Fern-Universität Hagen

L. Gelders, Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven

Ch. O’Brien, Nottingham University

C. Pappis, University of Piraeus

L. Peccati, Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milan

J.E. Rowcroft, University of New Brunswick

M. Tuominen, Lappeenranta University of Technology

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


University of Innsbruck, SOWI Building, Universitaetsstrasse 15, A-6020 Innsbruck.

Conference email and website



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