“Fusing haughty elegance with down-to-earth grit in one beautifully colonnaded medieval grid, Bologna is a city of two intriguing halves. On one side is a hard-working, hi-tech city located in the super-rich Po valley where suave opera-goers waltz out of regal theatres and reconvene in some of the nation’s finest restaurants and trattorias.” Bologna has earned many historical firsts, including being home to the world’s oldest university (founded in 1088) and being the origin of the world famous Bolognese sauce.

(Adapted from The Lonely Planet Guide Emilia, Romagna and San Marino – http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/emilia-romagna-and-san-marino/bologna#ixzz36DOZKovi.)


The fundamental goals of good logistics are to manage the movement of materials from the point of acquisition to the point of final consumption, as well as the associated information flows, with a view to providing excellent customer service at a reasonable cost. Achieving these goals requires fast and efficient management of internal and external resources within the context of global supply chain networks. Papers will represent the latest in academic thinking and case examples of successful implementations of ideas, models and concepts. The wider audience will therefore benefit from the knowledge and experience of leading practitioners and academics in this area.


This major event for international scholars in the areas of Logistics, Operations and Supply Chain Management will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and has been chosen after the successful symposia held in Ho Chi Minh 2014, Vienna 2013, Cape Town, 2012, Berlin, 2011, Kuala Lumpur, 2010, Istanbul, 2009, Bangkok, 2008, Budapest 2007, Beijing 2006, Lisbon 2005, Bangalore 2004, Sevilla 2003, Melbourne, 2002, Salzburg, 2001, Iwate 2000, Florence 1999, Padua 1997 and Nottingham 1995 and 1993. The official language of the Symposium is English.


Contributed papers may deal with, but are not limited to the following:

Applications of ICT in supply chains – covering all aspects of technology, such as e-Business, decision support systems and RFID.

Complexity, risk and uncertainty – providing insights into the challenges posed by these areas, and how managers can effectively mitigate their impacts.

Customer-supplier relationships – including dyads, triads and supply chain networks, and considering the nature and value of different collaborative relationships within supply chains.

Globalisation of supply chains – addressing management issues such as offshoring, outsourcing to lower cost economies and the cultural challenges associated with this.

Humanitarian logistics – the requirements for logistics operations in addressing the aid needs of those affected by natural and man-made disasters.

Inventory and warehouse management – deciding on how much stock to hold and where this should be held, as well as issues relating to warehouse operations.

Research methods – for papers that focus on reviewing current methodological perspectives or proposing new research designs.

Services and the supply chain – examining how supply chains are evolving with the servitisation of products, as well as the structures required to support service operations.

Supply chain design and planning – strategic and tactical level decisions on the structure and nature of supply chains, including the interface with other business functions.

Supply chain management – general issues relating to supply chain management at a firm, industry or country level.

Supply chain performance assessment – considering performance measures used within supply chain management, and benchmarking studies between different organisations.

Supply chain skills, capability and education – addressing pedagogical issues within the discipline, including the skills required by practitioners and novel approaches to teaching.

Sustainability in logistics and supply chains – covering environmental/’green’ and social aspects, such as reverse logistics or employee welfare, as well as those that focus on the ‘triple bottom line’.

Transport and distribution – focusing upon the physical movement of goods, including multimodal transport and third party logistics.

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