1st Rapid Modelling Conference (RMC)

Venue: Neuchâtel

Location: Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Event Date/Time: Sep 29, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 15, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Mar 15, 2009
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call for papers

conference purpose

It is no news that time is money. What is news, however, is that time represents a lot more money than most companies realize. Long lead times are causing companies to lose market shares, missing opportunities to tailor operations to company needs. Supply chains are filled with useless inventory when lead times are long. Global competition requires companies to seek out new ways to respond to volatile demand and increased customer requirements for customization with continuously shorter lead times. At the macro level, entire economies are losing key manufacturing as well as service providing competencies because long lead times make them vulnerable to low cost competitors. Companies that are equipped for speed will outperform their slower competitors in many industries. Fast supply chains can provide a level of service that will lock in customers. Furthermore, governments that support quick response initiatives together with manufacturing competencies will have stronger economies due to the increased and profitable manufacturing base.

In spite of the general agreement that speed is often the key to competitiveness, we are observing globally an underinvestment in lead time reduction at all levels. Furthermore, the knowledge developed globally concerning lead time reduction has never been combined into a unified theory, leaving the field overly susceptible to anecdotes. The objective of this conference is to provide an international, multidisciplinary platform for researchers and practitioners to create and exchange knowledge on increasing competitiveness through speed. Lead time reduction (through techniques ranging from quick response manufacturing to lean production) is achieved through a mutually reinforcing combination of changed mindset and analytical tools. We welcome papers that contribute to these themes, including: submissions in the form of:

* Models
* Case study research, survey research, action research
* Theory pieces


Additional Information

Deadline for abstract submission December 15, 2008 Notification of abstract acceptance January 15, 2009 Deadline for early registration March 15, 2009 Full paper submission March 15, 2009 Full paper acceptance April 1, 2009 Registration fees : Until March 15/After March 15 Fees - conference 390 CHF/470 CHF Reduced fees (PhD students) 220 CHF/280 CHF The online registration will be available for Mid-December 2008.