Call for Papers | ICOSCM 2021


The 15th International Conference on Operations and Supply Chain Management
(ICOSCM 2021)
jointly with
the 4th Strategic Supply Chain Thought Leaders Forum

Call for Papers

Theme: Supply Chain Risk & Innovation Management In “The Next Normal”


Academic Program: ICOSCM (17th – 18th July 2021)
Industry Program: Strategic Supply Chain Thought Leaders Forum (19th July 2021)


Association of Supply Chain and Operations Management (ASCOM)
School of Management, Xiamen University, China
China-Europe International Business School, China (CEIBS)

We seek contributions from all interested academics, representatives from industry or organizations, and students in the advancement of innovative technologies and application of operations, supply chain and services management methods.
We have a great line-up of Keynote Speakers – from the USA, we have Professor Hau Lee (Stanford Graduate School of Business), Professor Barbara Flynn (Indiana University), Professor Xiande Zhao (CEIBS), and....
---More speakers are to be confirmed----


    2020-2021 is an unaccustomed year for everyone. Enterprises and supply chains are no exception. The economic shock of the current crisis is unparalleled. Although no one knows when the pandemic will come to an end, McKinsey coined the period after the COVID-19 pandemic era as “The Next Normal”.
    Before “The Next Normal”, digital transformation or digitalization in supply chains was rising, but had not hit its peak. Humble speaking, digital transformation before 2020 was premature. In 2020, however, many enterprises have witnessed the possibilities of many impossible commissions in the past: work from home, restricted travelling, virtual meetings, stay-at-home economy, and so on. Digital technologies play a crucial role to the possibilities! Suddenly, digital transformation is no longer a future.
    Perhaps it is more an observation than a verdict that digital transformation has been accelerated in 2020-2021. No one can deny that, however, digital technologies have helped organizations and supply chains being more resilient during this difficult time period. It is predicted that future operations and supply chain management will be more digital. Businesses must make strategic changes in order to adapt to “The Next Normal”. Those who lack digital capabilities will fall behind and such capabilities will indeed define how organizations can survive.
    This year, ICOSCM aims to promote latest research in supply chain risk and innovation management in order to prepare for “The Next Normal”. On the one hand, digital transformation and digital technologies are all linked to traditional innovation processes in the operations and supply chain management domain. In “The Next Normal”, there is a pressing need to connect risk management to the innovation process in order to make supply chains more resilient.
    In this connection, studies that address the interaction between risk and innovation management in supply chains are encouraged: How can innovation be linked to risk management to improve supply chain resilience and responsiveness? How can organisations transform to synergise innovation management and risk management in supply chains? How can supply chain partners work collaboratively towards resilient supply chains? This conference attempts to address above issues.
    In this year, we continue to organize the 4th Strategic Supply Chain Thought Leaders Forum in conjunction with the academic conference. The prestigious scholars and business leaders will share their insights and experiences on how the supply chain innovation improves the global supply chain management and how the domestic supply chain interacts with the global supply chain.


Conference schedule

· Opening plenary
· Key note speech sessions
· Parallel sessions
· Best paper award sessions

Important Dates

· Submission of extended abstract: April 30th, 2021
· Notification of acceptance: May 15th, 2021
· Submission of full paper: May 31st, 2021
· Opening of registration: June 1st, 2021
· Early-bird registration deadline: June 30th, 2021

Paper submission

Authors should submit your work (full paper or extended abstract) by email to the following email address:


Best Paper Competition & Awards

· Xiande Zhao Best Paper Award 
  One winner, Prize RMB 3000 (USD 500) (donated by Prof. Xiande Zhao).
· ASCOM Outstanding Paper Award
  Three winners, Prize RMB 1000 (USD 150).

(Note: Only full papers will be considered for best paper competition and awards)

Paper Submission Instructions

1) Full-paper structure and format:
a) Format: Article files should be provided in Microsoft Word format.
b) Article Length: Articles will normally not exceed 10,000 words. This includes the structured abstract, full text, figures, tables, references and appendices.
c) Full paper should include: Article title, Author details, Structured abstract (Purpose, Design/methodology/approach, Findings, Originality/value, Maximum is 250 words in total), keywords (Maximum is 6 keywords), Main text, Figures (if applicable), Tables (if applicable), and References.


2) Extended abstract (less than 1000 words):
a) Purpose: Theoretical background, managerial problem and research questions, objectives and/or hypotheses.
b) Design/methodology/approach: How are the objectives achieved? Describe the main data and data sources as well as methods of data collection, analysis and validation.
c) Findings: Presentation and discussion of achieved or expected results.
d) Relevance/contribution: Highlight achieved or expected contribution to the theory, practice, methodology or teaching of SCM and OM.


Registration Fees

  Regular Students
Early-bird registration (Before June 30th, 2021) RMB 2000
/USD 300
RMB 1000
/USD 150
Standard registration (After June 30th, 2021) RMB 2300
/USD 350
RMB 1200
/USD 175
Industrial Practitioners RMB 1000/USD 150 (only for industrial forum)
RMB 2300/USD 350 (full conference)

Conference Committees

Conference Co-Chairs
· Guojun Ji, School of Management, Xiamen University, China
· Yinan Qi, Business School, University of International Business and Economics, China
· Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, China
Strategic SC Thought Leaders’ Forum Co-Chairs
· Xiande Zhao, China-Europe International Business School, China
Program Co-Chairs
· Guangyong Yang, School of Management, Xiamen University, China
· Yinan Qi, Business School, University of International Business and Economics, China
· Hing Kai Chan, Nottingham University Ningbo China, China
Program Committee
· Kim Hua Tan, University of Nottingham, UK
· Yina Li, School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, China
· Qian Yang, Proceedings Co-Editor, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Organizing Committee
· Zhaowei Miao, School of Management, Xiamen University, China
· Lifang Peng, School of Management, Xiamen University, China
· Xiaoling Tang, School of Management, Xiamen University, China


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