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Papers are also invited for a number of special tracks :

Management of logistical contingencies and sypply chain risk management

Track Chair

Gwenaëlle ORUEZABALA, Université de Nantes, France,


Track Description

The track is dedicated to the strategies for visibility, flexibility and speed in supply chain risk management (SCRM). It covers topics such as:

  • Supply risks and contingencies management in a global economy,
  • Agile customer-centric supply planning and optimisation strategies,
  • Supply chain disruption avoidance techniques and tools,
  • Transparency, control and synchronisation methods across all supply chain operations,
  • Digital transformation and disruptive technologies for managing supply, production and delivery: big data, IoT, blockchain, etc.

Existing theoretical and conceptual backgrounds might be relevant, such as reactive and proactive approaches (Kleindorfer et al. 2003), contingency theory (Lawrence and Lorsch 1967, Luthans,1976), risk management practices in relation to the three key criteria of visibility, collaboration and flexibility (Kilubi and Haasis, 2015), etc.


Track Keywords

Supply chain risk management (SCRM); Supply chain disruptions; Supplier risk management; Supply risk identification; Evaluation and mitigation; Criticality; Contingency theory.


Track Scientific Committee

Karine Samuel, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Solomée Ruel, Kedge Business School, France


Management of the logistical algorithms accountability

Track Chairs

Marc BIDAN, Université de Nantes, France,

John KINGSTON, Université de Nantes, France,


Track Descriptiono

Our track heralds the case of algorithms that govern and optimize logistics, supply chain and inter-organizational systems. We will focus on questions of transparently in their design, their gamification, their construction, their data supply and therefore their capacity to produce useful and relevant information and above all unbiased, non-oriented and non-discriminating (geography, gender, size, age, etc.) which would thus modify the decisions of the logisticians. The question of the accountability of algorithms and their transparency is indeed crucial to rely on an AI and models that would be available to the decision-maker.


Track Keywords

Algorithms, Data collection, Artificial intelligence, Serious games, Transparency, Accountability, Decision-making, Ethics, Liability, Bug, Glitch.


Track Scientific Committee

Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Université de Lyon, France

Cécile Godé, Aix-Marseille Université, France

Wilfrid Azan, Université Lyon 2, France

Antoine Chollet, Université de Montpellier, France

Wafa Bouaynaya, Université de Picardie, France

Christophe Benavent, Université Paris Nanterre, France

Philippe Lepinard, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France

Hugues Poissonier, Grenoble Ecole de Management, France

Bernard Fallery, Université de Montpellier, France

Jean-François Berthevas, Université d’Orléans, France

Frank Lentz, Burgundy Business School, France


Agile supply chain management and digital transformation

Track Chair

Barbara LYONNET, Université de Nantes, France,


Track Description

Making supply chain more agile is crucial for organizations to rapidly respond to changes in market and customer demands. The digital transformation of the supply chains can improve agility; digitalization should allow a better integration and use of multidirectional and real-time information flows in order to support a rapid decision making process. There is still a need to improve our understanding of how digital transformation could better contribute to the agility of the supply chain and its performance. What future advances can we hope for?


Track Keywords

Agile supply chain; Digital transformation; Performance; Competitive advantage; Agility Measurement; Agile transformation process; Barriers.


Track Scientific Committee

Ludivine Chaze-Magnan, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Brian Fitzgerald, University of Limerick, Ireland

Aymeric Hemon-Hildgen, ESSCA School of Management, France

Martin Christopher, Cranfield University, UK

Marcus Ambe Intaher, University of South Africa, South Africa

Shashi Kashav, Chitkara University, India

Madjid Tavana, University of Paderborn, Germany

Roberto Cerchione, University of Naples Parthenope, Italy

Myriam Ertz, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Canada

Michael Bourlakis, Cranfield University, UK

Corrado Cerruti, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy


Digitalization and urban logistics performance

Track Chair

Bruno DURAND, Université Paris Nanterre, France,


Track Description

City logistics constitutes an area of research which has no difficulty at the moment in mobilizing public or private stakeholders. Current pressures, in particular environmental and economic pressures increased with e-commerce development, pinpoint the stakes of transporting goods in urban areas, and herald actual and future transformations. The need for digitalization and for alternatives dedicated to urban distribution is particularly topical, for purposes of more easily pooling the last miles or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. So, digital and physical experiments are constantly being performed around the globe. The object of your paper will not to list them, but to show further thought to the evaluation of city logistics performance, in particular on environmental and economic sides.


Track Keywords

Urban logistics innovation; City deliveries; Home deliveries; Digitalization; Performance evaluation; Urban Consolidation Center (UCC); Last mile pooling; Economic and environmental savings.


Track Scientific Committee

Claire Capo, Le Havre Université, France

Laëtitia Dablanc, Université Eiffel – Champs / Marne, France

Karine Samuel, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Excelia La Rochelle, France

Nicolas Malhene, EIGSI La Rochelle, France

Bruno Durand, Université Paris Nanterre, France


Supply chain and Knowledge Management

Track Chairs

Mourad CHOUKI, Excelia Business School, France,

Valérie FERNANDES, Excelia Business School, France,


Track Description

Knowledge management (KM) helps companies to improve their performance. This field is concerned with the acquisition, capitalization, sharing and recently the generation of new knowledge. Several works of research have shown the link between KM and supply chain management (SCM). Reliable and controlled knowledge are useful for SCM, especially in the decision making. The knowledge’s share between the actors of a logistics chain can optimize flows and above all ensure the success of the chain. Knowledge generation offers SCM new practices and solutions, through artifacts that are co-designed by actors. Today, digitization can strengthen the link between KM and SCM.

This track seeks to answer the following questions: What are the links between KM and SCM? What types of knowledge are mobilized? What are the obstacles to mutual understanding between the actors? How does the knowledge produced improve the efficiency of SCM? What role does it occupy in digitization?


Track Keywords

Supply chain management; Knowledge management; Digitization; Success of SCM.


Track Scientific Committee

Dorsaf ZOUARI, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Mahrane HOFAIDHLLAOUI, ESSCA School of Management, France

Laurent GIRAUD, University of Toulouse, France

Yasmine BOUGHZALA, University of Tunis, Tunisia

Valérie FERNANDES, Excelia Business School, France

Mourad CHOUKI, Excelia Business School, France


Supply Chain Management under a super-disruption context: empirical lessons from COVID-19 outbreak era

Track Chair

Solomée RUEL, Kedge Business School,


Track Description

The COVID-19 outbreak is a special case of SC disruption with long term duration, high demand and supply uncertainty worldwide and ripple effect propagation (Ivanov, 2020). Fortune (2020) highlights that more than 94% of top 1000 companies have been negatively affected by this pandemic outbreak. Looking at research, the COVID-19 outbreak has already led to many studies in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) research field, most of them being opinion/ viewpoint/ conceptual papers and fewer being empirically-based. However, van Hoek (2020) highlights the urgent need to address this research gap and by conducting more empirical, event-based and less conceptual research in order to reduce the gap between theory and practice. Further investigations are required on topics such as Supply Chain Risk Management, Disruption Management, Disaster Readiness, Resilience, Robustness, Viability, Recovery, Digitalization, Relocation, Sustainability, Performance, among others…


Track Keywords

COVID-19; Empirical study; Crisis; Resilience; Sustainability


Track Scientific Committee

Jamal Elbaz, Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco

Zahra Fozouni, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

Dmitry Ivanov, HWR Berlin, Germany

Gwenaëlle Lairet, ESSCA School of Management, France

Minelle Silva, Excelia Business School, France

Laurence Viale, EM Strasbourg, France

Dorsaf Zouari, Université Grenoble Alpes, France

Yuan Yao, Aix Marseille Université, France


Logistics and Supply Chain Case Studies

Track Chair

Gwenaëlle LAIRET, ESSCA School of Management, France,


Track Description

A case study consists of « a rich description of a real (or realistic) management situation which aims to be discussed in class in order to stimulate specific learning at a higher level, in particular, the development of judgment and critical thinking » (Mesny et al., 2016). The case-based teaching method is popular with students and is particularly suited to teaching in the field of logistics and supply chain management. By relating concrete management situations, which often involve resolving a problem or making a decision, and featuring employees, managers or leaders with whom students can often identify, the teaching cases seek to address these two key characteristics of learning.

Case submissions must be accompanied by teaching notes in which the teaching objectives, the facilitation strategy and the theoretical and conceptual supports are described. The two documents (case and teaching notes) will be evaluated jointly.


Track Keywords

Case study; Teaching; Supply chain; Logistics; Qualitative methodology.


Track Scientific Committee

Gwenaëlle Lairet, ESSCA School of Management, France

Salomée Ruel, KEDGE Business School, France


Food System Digitalization

Track Chairs

Meriam KARAA, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France,

Morgane INNOCENT, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France,

Annick TAMARO, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France,


Track Description

The importance of a more sustainable and less greenhouse gas-emitting food supply has been at the heart of the ecological transition for several years. The role of more resilient food systems has been particularly highlighted during the health crisis of 2020. This crisis has shown the importance of changing organizational systems and food supply chains. Various innovations have been put in place on this occasion. They raise the question of the role of digitalization in these changes. Whether at the level of process management or distribution, new challenges are emerging, for example, in terms of food safety and product traceability. Our special track would welcome papers related to the food system through digital solutions (e.g. Supply Chain 4.0, Big Data, Internet of Things, Blockchain) and regarding to the management of such projects. In this context, conceptual article, synthesis of literature, qualitative studies, quantitative studies, experiments are welcomed.


Track Keywords

Food system; Digital technologies; Sustainable supply chain; Food safety; Traceability; Food transition and project management


Track Scientific Committee

Zahir IRANI, Bradford School of Management, UK

Yasanur KAYIKCI, Turkish-German University, Turkey

Dong LI, University of Liverpool, UK

Olivier MEVEL, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France

Laure SAULAIS, Université de Laval, Canada

Nachiappan SUBRAMANIAN, University of Sussex, UK

Anne TOUBOULIC, Nottingham University, UK

Laurence VIALE, EM Strasbourg Business School, France

Ilias VLACHOS, La Rochelle Business School, France


Advancing Supply Chain Sustainability research: the role of innovative and critical studies

Track Chairs

Liliane Carmagnac, Excelia Business School, France,

Minelle Silva, Excelia Business School, France,

Morgane M.C. FRITZ, Excelia Business School, France,

Fatiha Naoui, Excelia Business School, France,


Track Description

This track sheds light on the need to develop truly sustainable supply chains as argued for almost a decade (Pagell & Schevchenko, 2014). Supply chain become sustainable through a collaborative approach, considering an interaction among multiple and diverse stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, regulators, media, non-governmental organization, associations, and even competitors. Supply chains also become sustainable through innovations (e.g. social innovations, open innovation, technological innovation/digitalisation) that are not necessarily revolutionary or costly at a production, operational, managerial or top management level. Within this debate, we call for more critical engaged research that challenges the mainstream and provides further insights on how to increase our research impact. An innovative and critical research helps better understanding of and integration with the empirical world, and in particular its importance of giving the reflexivity of/for the author.


Track Keywords

Supply chain management; Innovation; Sustainability management; Sustainable development goals; Sustainable supply chain innovation; Critical engaged research; Innovative research.


Track Scientific Committee

Liliane Carmagnac, Excelia Business School, France

Morgane M.C. Fritz, Excelia Business School, France

Fatiha Naoui, Excelia Business School, France

Nabil El Hilali, ESCA EM Casablanca, Morocco

Gwenaëlle Oruezabala, Nantes University, France

Salomée Ruel, Kedge Business School, France

Tarik Saikouk, Excelia Business School, France

Minelle Silva, Excelia Business School, France

Nathalie Touratier-Muller, ESC Pau, France


Project Management issues in the industry and supply chains of the future

Track Chairs

Jiwat RAM, Excelia Business School, France,

Clément DESGOURDES, Excelia Business School, France,


Track Description

Industry 4.0 and futuring supply chains are research and practice fields that lead to both new developments and needs: the role of IA and machine learning (and thus the relationships between humans and machines), the inter-connected industrial and supply systems, resilience, reliability, agility and the need of suitable are main (but not the only) issues that are at the heart of conversations and discussions of both researchers and practitioners. In that context, project management and both agility and lean issues seem to play an important role on structuring and deploying suitable methodological and operational frameworks for industrial and logistics systems. This track will deal with the development and application of project management approaches to industrial and/or supply chain systems, or the use of supply chain visions in service and project management, with a particular focus on the synergy between the futuring issues of industry and the project and supply management methods.


Track Keywords

Industry 4.0; Project deployment; Agile management; Lean management; Reliability; Supply chain strategy; Supply chain execution; Interconnected systems; AI.


Track Scientific Committee

Dominic Drillon, Excelia Business School, France

Jesus Gonzalez-Feliu, Excelia Business School, France

Alexandra Lagorio, Università di Bergamo, Italy

Julio Alejandro Padilla Solis, Universidad de Lima, Peru

Roberto Perez-Franco, Deakin University, France

Alejandro Romero Torres, UQAM, Canada

Willian Sarache, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, sede Medellin, Colombia

Tarik Saikouk, Excelia Business School, France

Ilias Vlachos, Excelia Business School, France

Anaïs Voy-Gillis, June Partners, France


Planning and management issues for sustainable and resilient urban logistics

Track Chairs

Jesus GONZALEZ-FELIU, Excelia Business School, France,
Alexandra LAGORIO, Università di Bergamo, Italy,
Lorena QUIDIELLO VAZQUEZ, Bureau Veritas, Spain



Track Description

Urban logistics systems have evolved in the last 40 years from economic-goal approaches to more sustainable and nowadays resilient directions. A common point in the almost half century of works in urban freight transport and logistics is that of providing decision support for planning and management. With the new developments (intelligent and smart cities, physical internet, automated/unmanned logistics, new computing and data production tools, sharing and collaboration, multi-stakeholder decision making, etc.) the need of pluridiciplinary, applied methods has been highlighted. This track aims to group all researches dealing with the new developments in urban logistics, taking into account both sustainability and resilience, but having a wide scope in the methods, approaches and applications proposed.


Track Keywords

Urban logistics; City logistics; Urban freight optimization; Urban goods modelling; Scenario assessment; Stakeholder analysis; Collaborative decision making; Urban freight partnerships; City distribution.


Track Scientific Committee

Erika Ballantyne, Sheffield University, UK

Antonio Comi, University of Rome 2, Italy, USA

Bruno Durand, University of Nanterre, France

Trilce Encarnación, University of Missouri Saint-Louis, USA

Fausto Errico, ETS Montréal, Canada

Alexandra Lagorio, Bergamo University, Italy

Tai-Yu Ma, LISER, Luxembourg

Cathy Macharis, Vrije Universität Brussels, Belgium

Jesus Munuzuri, University of Seville, Spain

José Manuel Montes Peon, University of Oviedo, Spain

Joëlle Morana, University of Lyon 2, France

Patrick Pujo, Aix Marseille University, France

Amanda Stathopoulos, Northwestern University, USA

Eiichi Taniguchi, Kyoto University, Japan


Wind Logistics

Track Chairs

Virginie ANDRE, Université de Nantes, France,

Nathalie BOSTEL, Université de Nantes, France,


Track Description

To achieve the energy transition and reduce the part of fossil energies, wind energy has grown a lot, representing 5.8% of the annual electrical consumption in the world in 2019. The design and planning of a relevant and robust supply chain is essential for the efficient development of on shore as well as off-shore wind farms. Considering the huge costs involved, this is a major challenge due to the out of scale components and difficult and uncertain installation conditions, especially for the off-shore wind farms. Research projects and publications have been fast developing on these topics in the recent years. The aim of this session is to present advances in the logistics organization and optimization for the wind energy sector, both for the initial installation and the operation and maintenance activities.


Track Keywords

Wind energy; Off-shore/on-shore wind farm; Supply chain design and planning; Simulation; Optimization.


Track Scientific Committee

Virginie André, University of Nantes, France

Nathalie Bostel, University of Nantes, France

Britta Gammelgaard, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Thomas Poulsen, Expert in offshore wind logistics, Denmark


Healthcare logistics and Supply Chain Management

Track Chairs

Blandine Ageron, Université Grenoble Alpe, France,

Nathalie Sampieri Teissier, Aix Marseille Université, France,


Track Description

For several years, the hospital sector and healthcare system have faced new challenges and profound changes (demographic, budgetary, regulatory, political). The COVID-19 pandemic has outlined a new one, sanitarian, that has put emphasize on logistics and SCM issues. In this context, it is imperative to rethink the organization and management of the healthcare system in order to optimize the resources (material, human, information, etc.) and control expenditures, while maintaining a level of service to the patient. Constrainted to rationalize its activities, to manage its flows and to develop a global vision, all the healthcare system (including hospitals) must imperatively associate, combine and integrate contemporary management practices with medical knowledge. Conceptual articles, synthesis of literature, qualitative and studies, as well as experiments are welcome in this track.


Track Keywords

Healthcare/hospitals logistics; Healthcare/hospitals Supply Chain Management; Healthcare/hospitals information systems; Patient centered care; COVID-19; Performance evaluation/assessment; Lean management; Risk management; Skills and knowledge management.


Track Scientific Committee (in progress)