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8th International Conference on Operations and
Supply Chain Management (OSCM)

9 – 12 September 2018, Cranfield, UK


We invite papers for the 8th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) hosted by Cranfield University, UK. Previous OSCM conferences were held in Bali, Indonesia (2005),  Thailand (2007), Malaysia (2009), Maldives (2011), New Delhi, India (2013), Bali, Indonesia (2014), and Phuket, 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.

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

Keynote Speaker

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.

Special Sessions

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 support on how to evaluate these 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. Thus, there is a need to start evaluating manufacturing location decisions from a holistic supply chain perspective in order to make decisions that are resilient over time. The aim of this special session is to capture new trends and issues in the field of supply chain relocation.

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.

Sustainable supply chain and circular economy – Led by Dr. Vipul Jain, 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.

Food Supply Chain (Dr Emel Aktas, Cranfield University, UK)

Call for Special Sessions

We would also plan to organise special sessions/tracks that expose emerging topics in operations and supply chain management, for instance:

  • Food and Agricultural Supply Chain
  • Digital Supply Chain

Workshop for Doctoral Students and Early Career Academics/Researchers 

This workshop is dedicated for doctoral and young academics. 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?

and will be led by renowed scholars in the area of operations and supply chain management.

Practitioners Session

In this conference, 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.

Post-Conference Publication

Selected Papers will be published by the following journals (more journals will be invited) and edited books.


The 8th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) is hosted by the collaboration of
Cranfield School of Management – UK and Department of Industrial Engineering, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) – Indonesia, and Coventry University, UK