The Call for Papers is now open for the 8th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) hosted by Cranfield University, UK.

Previous OSCM conferences were held in Phuket, Thailand (2016), Bali, Indonesia (2005),  Thailand (2007), Malaysia (2009), Maldives (2011), New Delhi, India (2013), Bali, Indonesia (2014), Phuket, and Thailand (2016).

The theme of the 2018 conference is “Trends and developments in supply chain management and their implications for industry and academia”.

The conference will be hosted by the Cranfield University’s Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Submit an abstract here.

Download the Conference Programme

Topics of interest

We invite submissions that fall within the broad area of operations and supply chain management, including but are not limited to the following:

•           Demand management

•           Product design and commercialisation

•           Production planning and scheduling

•           Quality engineering and management

•           Service parts logistics and maintenance

•           Product service systems

•           Operations / supply chain strategy

•           Sustainable production and logistics

•           Purchasing / supply management

•           Inventory planning and control

•           Warehousing & material handling

•           Transportation management

•           Distribution management

•           Closed-loop supply chain

•           Maritime logistics

•           Airline logistics

•           Retail& City logistics

•           Management of logistics services

•           Digital Supply Chain

•           Industry 4.0 and its impacts to Supply Chain

•           Information systems and technology

•           Global supply chain

•           Human factors in logistics and supply chain

•           Supply chain social responsibility

•           Organization issues in logistics and supply chain

•           Humanitarian / disaster relief supply chain

•           Healthcare supply chain

•           Supply chain risk and uncertainty

•           Agricultural supply chain

•           Food supply chain

•           Supply chain for project context

•           Operations & SCM for Asian context

•           Cost analysis in operations and logistics

•           Pedagogical issues in SCM

•           Research methodology in SCM

Important dates

  • Submission of abstract                                  10 May 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance                             31 May 2018
  • Submission of full paper                                30 June 2018
  • Notification of review results                          31 July 2018

  • Submission of final paper                              20 August 2018
  • Conference                                                    09 – 12 September 2018

Keynote speakers

Dr Martin Christopher
Dr Martin Christopher
Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Logistics
Cranfield School of Management, UK

Topic: Building the Supply Chain of the Future

New competitive realities are reshaping supply chains in terms of complexity. This keynote reflects on the need for structural flexibility and presents future supply chain configurations.

Phil Bamforth
Dr Phil Bamforth
Global Chief of Manufacturing Engineering Product Introduction

Topic: Digital Thread in High-Value Manufacturing – Cutting through the hype

The Digital thread and tools such as Model Based Definition are widely discussed in literature with significant benefits stated. However the reality can be far from the hype. Phil will discuss the benefits and challenges of deploying Model Based Definitions across a global enterprise and how Rolls-Royce is taking a collaborative approach with its supplier base to develop the strategy, roadmap and solutions to digitising the engineering value stream.


Post conference publications

Selected papers will be published in our official journal, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and an edited book indexed by Scopus. The OSCM journal is indexed/listed in Cabell’s Journal Directory; Index Copernixus; Journal list of Finnish Universities;  Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal list; The Norwegian Publication Database "Publiseringskanaler"; Google Scholar, World Review of Intermodal Transportation (Scopus) and International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise (IJIE).
Other journals will be added later.

Call for special sessions

Special sessions/tracks will be organised that expose emerging topics in operations and supply chain management, for instance:

  • Food and Agricultural Supply Chain
  • Digital Supply Chain
  • Sustainable Supply Chain and Circular Economy

1. Supply chain relocation

Led by Prof Per Hilletofth, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Jönköping University, Sweden.

It has been argued that the manufacturing location decision often is based on vague grounds, and that managers feel that it is difficult to find good support in literature on how to evaluate this type of decisions. It has also been concluded that these decisions need to be evaluated from a supply chain perspective and include the past decisions in order to explore how the decision has evolved over time (i.e. the relocation pattern). Thus, there is a need to start evaluating manufacturing location decisions from a holistic supply chain perspective (i.e. supply chain relocation) in order to make decisions that are resilient over time. The aim of this special track is to capture new trends and issues in the field of supply chain relocation. The best papers in this special session will be invited to submit an updated version for a special issue in World Review of Intermodal Transportation (Scopus). This review process will be handled separately after the conference has ended.

2. Intermodal transportation

Led by Prof Per Hilletofth, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Jönköping University, Sweden.

There is an increasing demand for transportation solutions that are responsive, safe, sustainable, smart and cost-efficient. This has resulted in an increased emphasis on intermodal transportation systems. The aim of this special session is to capture new trends in the field of intermodal transportation. The best papers in this special session will be invited to submit an updated version for a special issue in World Review of Intermodal Transportation (Scopus). This review process will be handled separately after the conference has ended.

3. Sustainable Supply Chain Management and Circular Economy

Led by Dr. Vipul Jain, School of Management, Victoria Business School, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Businesses across the globe are recognising the prominence of integrating sustainability into business practices and further exploring the notion of circular economy in relation to sustainable development. It is worth mentioning that supply chain management practices and research must respond to demands to address sustainability as the pursuit of social, economic and environmental objectives – the triple bottom line – within operations of a specific firm and operational linkages that spread beyond the firm to include the supply chain and communities. As product life cycles shrinks, many businesses are realizing that sustainable development is essential for increasing quality and profitability. Organizations have been under increasing pressure to diminish emissions across their supply chains while cutting supply costs to remain competitive. The aim of this special session is to capture novel developments and emerging research issues in the field of sustainable supply chain and circular economy. Selected papers from this session will be invited to submit an updated version of the paper to be published as a special issue in International Journal of Intelligent Enterprise.

Workshop for doctoral students and early career academics/researchers

This workshop is dedicated for doctoral and young academics and will be led by renowned scholars in the area of operations and supply chain management.

. The workshop will include such topics as:

  • How to publish in reputable journals?
  • How to become productive and impact-making academics?
  • How to manage a doctoral research programme?

Practitioners session

We are also organising presentations from practitioners that address innovation, improvements, or even problems encountered in the area of operations and supply chain management. The objectives are to provide practitioners with a forum to network and share their knowledge and best practices in managing complex supply chain under uncertainty, linking production and distribution decisions, best practices in managing transportation/distribution, etc.

Conference tour

Visits to factories and/or warehouses will be arranged for the participants of the conference on 12th September 2018. This will be combined with sightseeing to nearby cities such as Cambridge and Oxford. Organised trips will be optional.

In addition to the above, participants can also visit London which is less than 45 mins by train from Milton Keynes.

Conference committee

General Chair: Benny Tjahjono, Cranfield University, UK
General Co-Chair: Hendrik Reefke, Cranfield University, UK

General Co-Chair: Nyoman Pujawan, ITS, Indonesia

Local organising committee

Program Chair: Soroosh Saghiri, Cranfield University, UK

Program Co-Chair: TBA, Cranfield University

Arrangement Co-Chair: Carl Kuhl, Cranfield University, UK

Arrangement Co-Chair: Tobias Widmer, Cranfield University, UK

Conference Administrator: Libbi Smith, Cranfield University, UK

Lead event organiser: Sarah Lloyd, Cranfield University, UK

Scientific committee

Michael Bourlakis, Cranfield University, UK

Kamrul Ahsan, RMIT University, Australia

The Jin Ai, University of Atmajaya, Jogjakarta, Indonesia

Thunyarat (Bam) Amornpetchkul, NIDA Business School, Thailand

Watcharavee Chandraprakaikul, University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand

Imam Baihaqi, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Indonesia

Hing Kai Chan, The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Paul Childerhouse, Massey University, New Zealand

Ajay Das, Baruch College, The City University of New York, USA

Rene De Koster, Erasmus University, The Netherlands

Per Engelseth, Molde University College, Norway

Javad Feizabadi, Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, Malaysia

Dimitris Folinas, Alexadrion Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece

George Hadjinicola, University of Cyprus

Per Hilletofth, Jönköping University, Sweden

Petros Ieromonachou, University of Greenwich, UK

Takashi Irohara, Sophia University, Japan

Sakun Boon-Itt, Thammasat University, Thailand

Sanjay Jharkharia, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, India

Yasutaaka Kainuma, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Kap Hwan Kim, Pusan National University, Korea

Duangpun Kritchanchai, Mahidol University, Thailand

Reza Lashkari, University of Windsor, Canada

Ioannis Manikas, University of Greenwich, UK

Bimaraya Metri, Indian Institute of Management, Trichy, India

Rajesh Piplani, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Daniel Prajogo, Monash University, Australia

T. Ramayah, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Violeta Roso, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Ruhul Amin Sarker, University of New South Wales, Australia

Anders Segerstedt, Lule University of Technology, Sweden

Togar Simatupang, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Himanshu Shee, Victoria University, Australia

Harm-Jan Steenhuis, Hawaii Pacific University, USA

Suprayogi, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia

Katsuhiko Takahashi, Hiroshima University, Japan

Armagan Tarim, Hacettepe University, Turkey

Benny Tjahjono, Cranfield University, UK

Blanka Tundys, University of Szczecin, Poland

Jyri Vilko, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland

Kun-Jeng Wang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Hui Ming Wee, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan

Gede Agus Widyadana, Petra Christian University, Indonesia

Joel Wisner, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA

Hartanto Wong, Aarhus University, Denmark

Sha’ri Mohd Yusof, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Yahaya Yusuf, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Suhaiza Zailani, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Prof Benny Tjahjono, Cranfield University, UK

Dr Soroosh Saghiri, Cranfield University, UK

Dr Hendrik Reefke, Cranfield University, UK

Host supporting institutions

This conference is hosted by:

  • Cranfield School of Management, in cooperation with
  • Department of Industrial Engineering, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), Surabaya, Indonesia.

Location and travel details

Cranfield University, UK.
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