The Digital Supply Chain of the Future: Technologies, Applications and Business Models Minitrack

After decades of relative stability it seems that the cost-cutting and problem-solving potential of the lean philosophy reaches its limits in many supply chains. Today, the economic environment is changing rapidly. Supply chains have to cope with increasingly dynamic customer demands and a broad variety of external disturbances. More flexibility and agility are needed, processes have to be accelerated and made transparent or visible in order to enhance supply chain responsiveness. Smart products in combination with innovative data-driven supply chain services pave the way for a paradigm shift in supply chain management, leading to more self-organizing and self-optimizing systems. Due to the inherent transfer of decision-making processes to the product itself, a product- centric view is necessary. In this minitrack we focus on how smart products and cyber-physical systems in combination with mobile and cloud computing, digital social networks, and big data analytics can contribute to the digital supply chain of tomorrow. In addition, the impacts of digitization efforts on firms and supply chains are considered from a management and business perspective.

Digitization in general is expected to play an increasingly important role for global supply chains. The reasons for this include: the shift in values from the physical artefact to the data created by smart products, the emerging importance of services, the displacement of industry borders, the radical change of competitive structures, the transformation of business models and, at the end of the day, the symptomatic creative destruction of established structures and behavior patterns. This minitrack provides an outlet for all research focused on digitization of supply chains, on corresponding applications and emerging technologies.

We welcome research in progress or completed research papers that address technological aspects, applications, use cases, theories, and models as well as other critical issues, including but not limited to:

  • Analytics of industry-related sensor data and social media data
  • Data-driven applications to support the realization of agile supply chains
  • Innovative smart services for the customer based on smart products
  • Mobile solutions for white and blue collar workers
  • Impacts of digitization on decision behavior in industrial companies
  • Effects of product virtualization on supply chains
  • Business models to support smart object based problem solutions
  • Methodologies, models, frameworks to support digital transformation
  • Regulatory, privacy, and security issues with smart products and services
  • Analysis of drivers and barriers for the digital transformation in industry
  • Maturity models for digital transformation in the industrial sector
  • Analysis of digitization strategies in different industrial branches
  • Effects of digitization on cooperation behavior
  • Relationship between corporate culture and digital transformation
  • Impacts of digitization on organizational, structural and process design
  • Technological trends related to Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Complementary innovations for and architectures of smart product based solutions
  • Impacts of digitization on product and service offerings
  • Relationship between digitization and value creation
  • Impacts of digitization on decision-making structures
  • Impacts of smart products/services on consumer behaviors
  • Cross-country analysis of digitization of products and services

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Alexander Pflaum (Primary Contact)
Otto-Friedrich University, Germany

Frimut Bodendorf
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Günter Prockl
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Haozhe Chen
Iowa State University

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