Supply Chain Management and Competitiveness Conference (SCMCC-08) (SCMCC-08)

Venue: IME Campus, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Delhi

Location: Ghaziabad, UP, India

Event Date/Time: Oct 18, 2008 End Date/Time: Oct 19, 2008
Registration Date: Oct 05, 2008
Early Registration Date: Oct 05, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Aug 30, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Sep 18, 2008
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Supply chain management (SCM) as a business concept has grown by leaps and bounds in the past decade. Being a systems approach, it has caught the attention of probably every firm which desires to be competitive today. The advent of SCM has shifted the focus from functional excellence to functional integration and the performance of supply chains has become representative of the firm performance. This has turned the war between business organizations today into a war between their supply chains.

The importance of managing supply chains more effectively has assumed greater importance with the onset of globalization. Globalization is increasing competition forcing business organizations to be more competitive and effective management of the supply chain seems to be the best way for firms to gain competitive advantage. Globalization has also forced companies to have supply chains which are geographically dispersed with raw material being sourced from one region of the globe and the processing of the material into finished product being carried out in a different region. This makes the issue of effective management of supply chains even more pertinent.

SCM being a holistic concept covers a wide range of aspects for any business organization. Logistics is an integral part of SCM so much so that it has become synonymous with SCM. Information technology has become a pre-requisite for SCM and use of ERP and DSS is being recognized as a necessary condition for managing supply chains effectively. Emergence of the concept of Information Integrity will give a new dimension to the relevance of information technology in SCM. Outsourcing and strategic partnerships have enhanced the efficiency of supply chains while reducing involvement of firms in non-core activities. Issues regarding environment and reverse logistics are forcing governments and business firms to think of innovative solutions to manage their supply chains.

Considering the importance of SCM in the fiercely competitive world of today, the conference aims to provide a common forum to academicians and industry practitioners within the country, for exchanging views on how supply chain management can enhance competitiveness of business firms, the issues that arise while implementing the concept and their possible solutions. While academicians can put forward new theories, practitioners can add value by highlighting on practical issues faced by them while implementing supply chain management. The conference welcomes papers covering exploratory research, modeling and case studies.

Theme Topics

1. Information technology for SCM
• Problems/ challenges in implementing ERP and DSS for SCM
• E-business and SCM
• Role of Information Integrity in SCM

2. Logistics as a source of competitive advantage
• Warehousing
• Transportation
• Inventory management

3. Outsourcing for SCM
• Strategic outsourcing/ partnerships
• Implementing successful partnerships
• Measuring performance of third party logistics

4. Performance evaluation of supply chains
• Discrete manufacturing supply chains
• Process industry supply chains
• Service supply chains

5. Emerging areas
• Risk management in the supply chain
• Environmental issues in SCM
• Reverse logistics
• Efficient consumer response
• Supply chain in agriculture

Note: The above list is indicative and not exhaustive. Papers not included in the above list but relevant to the theme of the conference are welcome.

About IME
The Institute of Management Education (IME) was established in 1995 by a group of leading academicians and corporate executives of Northern India. Initially, the Institute started with a full time PGDM programme duly approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Over the past 12 years, IME has established itself as a premier business school, focusing on quality and value based education, research, and corporate leadership. With a mission to serve society by promoting excellence in education, the Institute has diversified in the areas of Information Technology and Law, and is known for academic excellence, research orientation, industry interface and social responsibility. It has strong team of dedicated faculty; state of the art infrastructure; and a consistently good placement record. IME strives to nurture freedom of thought and expression in all its fellow beings and aims to bring together people from diverse areas who can contribute to spreading managerial excellence for improved business performance.
IME has its own campus spread over six acres of land. Located strategically on the main G.T. Road at Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, it is about 15 kilometers from Connaught Place, New Delhi and one kilometer from Sahibabad Railway Station. Its strategic location permits easy access from adjoining areas in the National Capital Region.

Advisory Committee

Prof A Gunasekaran
(University of Massachussets, USA)
Prof Mark Goh Keng Hok
(National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Prof D S Broca
(XLRI, Jamshedpur)
Prof A Panjwani
(MDI, Gurgaon)
Prof S Wadhwa
(IIT, Delhi)
Prof S G Deshmukh
(IIIT, Gwalior)
Prof V V Mandke
(Centre for Information Integrity, Pune)
Prof Sushil
(IIT, Delhi)
Prof D K Benwet
(IIT, Delhi)
Prof N L Sarda
(IIT, Mumbai)
Prof Ravi Shanker
(Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok)

Patron : Prof H P Gupta, Vice-Chairman, IME, Ghaziabad
Conference Chair: Prof D P Goyal, IME, Ghaziabad
Conference Co-chair: Prof Siddharth Varma, IME, Ghaziabad


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Contact Details

Telephone: 0120-2621424, 2621425
Fax: 0120-2625870
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Important Dates

Last date for initial paper submission: 30th August 2008
Acceptance notification: 3rd September 2008
Last date for submission of final paper: 18th September 2008
Last date for registration: 5th October 2008

Registration fee

Industry delegates: Rs 3000
Academicians : Rs 1500
Doctoral students: Rs 750

Participants should send the registration form duly filled and accompanied with a demand draft for the required fee by 5th October 2008. At least one author must register for the paper to be included in the conference. Online registrations are acceptable subject to receipt of payment.

Guidelines for Authors
1. The whole document should be in Times New Roman, single column, 1.5 line spacing. A soft copy of the document formatted in MS Word 97 or higher should be sent as submission for acceptance.
2. Title of the paper should be use font Times New Roman 16”, Bold
3. Author names should be in 12”, Bold, followed by affiliations in normal 12” font size. Names of all the authors must be in the same row. First author will be considered for all communication purposes.
4. First Page of the document should contain Title and Author names followed by 4-5 lines about each author. Nothing else should be written on this page.
5. The following pages should contain the text of the paper including: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Subject Matter, Conclusion & References. Author names should not appear on this page to enable blind review.
6. All paragraph headings should be Bold, 12”.
7. Place tables/figures/images in text as close to the reference as possible. Table caption should be above the table. Figure caption should be below the figure. These captions should follow Times New Roman 11”.
1. Provide a numbered list of references used in the text, at the end of the document. The list should be ordered alphabetically by first author, and referenced by numbers in brackets [1]. Citations to be given at the end of document should follow the following format.
[1] Panther, J. G., Digital Communications, 3rd ed., Addison-Wesley, San Francisco, CA (1999).
8. Use non-proportional font (san serif, 11”) for contents (such as source code) to be separated from main text.
9. Do not include headers, footers or page numbers in your submission. These will be added when the publications are compiled.
10. Section headings should be bold. Subsection headings should be bold + italics. Font size in both cases should remain as 12”.
11. Page size should be 18x23.5 cm (7"x9.25"), justified on the page, beginning 1.9 cm (.75") from the top of the page and ending with 2.54 cm (1") from the bottom. The right and left margins should be 1.9 cm (0.75”). Number of pages should not exceed 10.


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