Track Digitization and Industry 4.0

Disruptive innovations such as digitalization and Industry 4.0 influence the development of new paradigms, principles, and decision-support models. The Internet of Things (IoT), cyber physical systems, and smart, connected products, facilitate the development of digital manufacturing, digital supply chains and smart operations. Accompanying such technological advances in further development of decision-support systems are similar advances in organizational practice and culture, in line with the socio-technical aspects of new technology use.

The interplay of decision science and digital technologies can be considered in light of three dimensions. The first dimension is the changes in traditional designs of value-adding systems and the resulting change in their management. For example, additive manufacturing applications may result in redesigning global production and sourcing strategy. Industry 4.0 enables individualization of products and services that frequently requires supply chain re-design. The second dimension is visibility. Blockchain applications become more and more important. Third, considering the softer and equally important side of digitalization, we have organizational innovations such as supply chain towers, dynamic buyer-supplier relationships, technology investment reward sharing structures, and human-technology interface and co-management issues. As such, the trend toward digitalization calls for new principles and models to support management decision-making of such future factories.

The purpose of this track, thus, is to collate and present recent research examinations and applications in the field of digitalization and Industry 4.0. Papers could look at various, multi-disciplinary digitalization dimensions and their impact on practices and performance at the times of Industry 4.0. Possible topics on which papers can be submitted include but are not limited to:

  • Digital supply chain
  • Visibility in supply chains and operations
  • Industry 4.0
  • Blockchain applications in manufacturing and supply chains
  • Digital manufacturing networks and smart operations
  • Risk management, resilience and flexibility
  • Digital supply chain and resilience
  • Ripple effect mitigation by digital technologies
  • Digital supply chain twins
  • Digital technologies and sustainable manufacturing
  • Digitalization impact on innovation and technology management
  • Digitalization impact on managing suppliers/customer relations
  • Digitalization and organizational changes
  • Assessment techniques for digital technology investments

Important Dates:

Please Note: The deadlines for submissions have been extended.  The new deadlines are:

  • Full Paper Deadline: May 26, 2019
  • Abstract Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Panel Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Workshop Proposal Deadline: June 15, 2019
  • Award Competition Deadline: June 15, 2019

All deadlines are final as of 12 midnight Central Standard Time (Houston)

07/01/2019   Authors Notified of Paper Acceptance Decision

09/01/2019   Full Paper Revisions Resubmission

09/13/2019   Conference Registration Deadline