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Sustainability with Innovation for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

International Journal of Production Research

In the past decade, many organizations have become much more conscious of sustainability with innovation in their manufacturing and supply chain management. This trend has been driven by several recent developments: 1) our mother earth is facing serious environmental degradation issues; 2) many economies have passed more stringent environmental legislations; 3) Several highly disastrous industry accidents brought to light social sustainability issues in offshore production; 4) Competition continues to intensify in many product and service sectors; 5) Many global supply chains were severely disrupted by man-made or natural disasters.

Consequently, many organizations have invested in capabilities to enhance their continuity of business and resilience to shocks, and/or have implemented strategies for improving environmental and social sustainability. Innovative concepts, technologies, and business models are often at the heart of these initiatives, enabling organizations to deliver superior value to stakeholders.

This special issue calls for contributions on innovative sustainability for manufacturing and supply chain management, welcoming a wide range of research methodologies including optimization, simulation, and empirical methods.

This special issue invites selected contributors in the 48th Annual International Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering (CIE48) to submit an extend version of their presented works. It is also open to regular submissions from authors who did not attend the CIE48 conference. All submitted manuscripts will be subject to the journal’s review process. Submitted papers should not have been previously published or be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Supply chain management for a circular economy
  • Drivers/Barriers/Enablers of innovative sustainability practices
  • Performance of innovative sustainability practices
  • Cleaner production
  • Green procurement
  • Green logistics
  • End-of-life product management
  • Reverse logistics
  • Waste management
  • Social sustainability in global sourcing
  • Compliance management
  • Supply chain robustness and resilience
  • Data-driven supply chain management
  • Collaborative innovation in manufacturing and SCM
  • Technological innovation
  • Business model innovation
  • Environmentally conscious manufacturing

Important Dates

  • First submission deadline: 30 June 2019
  • 1st round decision (major revision): 30 September 2019
  • Resubmission: 30 December 2019
  • 2nd round decision (minor revision): 30 March 2020
  • Final acceptance: 31 May 2020

Dr. Ray Y. Zhong
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
Room 8-6, Haking Wong Building
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong, PRC

Tel: +(852) 2859 2586
zhongzry@hku.hk, zhongzry@gmail.com

Dr. Xun Xu
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Tel: +64(9)3737599 ext.84527
Fax: +64(9)3737479

Dr. Olga Battaïa
Coordinator of Industrial Engineering Program
ISAE-Supaero, Toulouse, France
Tel:+33 (0) 5 61 33 81 27