Track Chairs

Environmental Management

Gone are the times when strict compliance with environmental laws and regulations would suffice.  That doesn’t seem to be enough today, as the government and also public expects companies to go beyond compliance in their environmental endeavors and to consider concepts such as “sustainability” and “life cycle analysis”. The emergence of ISO standards for environmental management systems (EMS) furthers these new concepts, including a requirement to evaluate the impacts of facility operations on the environment. The objective of the track is to provide working professionals with the platform to enhance knowledge in the area of Environmental Management Systems with special emphasis on proactive measures and best environmental management practices adopted by the industries.

Topics to be covered in the Track

  • Environmental laws
  • Implementation of ISO 14000
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Environmental Audit
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Advancement in Water Treatment and Management
  • Rainwater harvesting

Prof. Sampatrao D. Manjare

BITS Pilani, Goa Campus

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Sustainable Supply Chain

The triple bottom line, with its attention to profit, people, and the planet, has gained widespread acceptance in organizational operations over the last decade. Organizations must rethink and optimize their existing strategies to meet their sustainable business goals due to the constant depletion of vital resources and the greater demands of societal issues. The increasing population not only has an impact on natural resources; it also results in greater pollution and contributes to greater levels of poverty. With these considerations, global countries adopted a new set of sustainability goals (SGs) to end poverty and to improve the prosperity of living beings worldwide.  The aim is to meet future sustainable challenges: 17 sustainable goals have been targeted to achieve by 2030 under the new sustainable development agenda (, 2015).

In recent years, researchers and practitioners have addressed supply chain management issues because of their significant impacts on organizational developments regardless of the field of applications. However, over the years, researchers have proven that an inefficient supply chain can force an organization to fail.  Hence, integrating SGs in operations and supply chain management areas is an important topic to explore. The main objective of this track is to invite academic practitioners to contribute a better understanding of the scientific basis for decoupling economic growth from resource depletion and environmental degradation while improving human lives with the assistance of decision making and optimization models. 

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Sustainable Supply Chain Management and its implications with SGs perspective
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Frameworks for SGs in SCM
  • Investigating sustainable goal-based strategies in Supply Chain Management
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Circular Economy (CE)
  • Circular Economy and reverse supply chain
  • Managing ecological, economic and social issues
  • Reverse logistics, Closed loop supply chain and SSCM
  • Sustainable consumption and production through SSCM
  • Social and Behavioral operations research in SSCM
  • Risk Management, Green and SSCM.

Prof. Kannan Govindan
University of Southern Denmark
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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development is a balancing approach for social, cultural, economic and environmental dimensions of macro and micro level decision-making in the personal, professional, organizational and governmental journey. A key aspect of this philosophical approach is to the gradual improvement of the inter-generational equity. Many governments, NGOs and international bodies, commercial entities and individuals are philosophically committed to taking decisions that comply with sustainability requirements. However, their vision, in most instances, is neither communicated properly not fulfilled due to lack of knowledge and non-engagement of the stakeholders.

Global organizations like UN and GRI, and many other entities down the stream have provided high-level sustainable development and sustainability guidelines, roadmaps, frameworks, and systems, but the concepts and practices are widely varied, scattered and non-integrated. Existing infrastructure still do not comprehensively support sustainable management nor do they allow decision makers to explore interrelationships and influences between the sustainability dimensions. This leads to silo-based decision making where vision and strategies are not mapped to execution, and sustainability modeling and reporting processes are uncoordinated.  

The purpose of this track is to explore sustainable development and sustainability concepts and practice, business cases, sustainability infrastructure including laws, roadmaps, frameworks, models, processes, and systems. This track welcomes conceptual, theoretical, and empirical papers that enrich our understanding of sustainable development and sustainability to support, share, measure, benchmark, model, quantify and communicate.   All methodological approaches are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:


  • Sustainable Education
  • Sustainable Transformation and Management
  • Sustainable City
  • Sustainable Technology
  • Sustainable Enterprise
  • Well-Being and Happiness
  • Gamification for Sustainability
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance
  • Processes, Systems, Applications, Tools, and Technologies
  • Green Business Process
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Sustainability Models
  • Sustainable Development KPI and Reporting

Prof. Daud Ahmed
Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
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Green Healthcare Management

Sustainability is not unique to health, but is a unique vehicle for promoting healthy values. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations alike are thinking of the sustainability and green living when they construct new buildings or renovate existing structures. Since, hospitals do not operate in a closed system; they have a duty not only to the patient, but also to their ecological environment. As such, the creation of a healing environment not only needs to meet the needs of the patient, but it also has a responsibility in fostering ecological sustainability. Approximately 4 billion pounds (2 million tons) of waste are generated by hospitals in a single year. The majority of waste comes from unused medical supplies and equipment. So, more and more hospitals are adopting green initiatives and trying to reduce the exorbitant amount of waste that they generate, hence ensuring a sustainable healthcare is the best path to lower costs, improved environmental performance, better patient and worker safety and healthier communities. In the above said context, the present track on Green Healthcare Management highlights the significance of sustainability in healthcare as a strategic priority for the 21st century. The papers demonstrate the critical role of leadership in driving sustainability throughout the healthcare organizations. By bringing in different research papers on green healthcare management, this track provides interactive platform to the scholars, faculty, academic scientists, practitioners, healthcare administrators, care providers and policy makers from around the world to share their views, research findings, cutting-edge research experiences, bring new ideas, debate issues and address latest developments in the domain of Green Healthcare Management.

Prof. G V R K Acharyulu
University of Hyderabad
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Lean Management

This Track focusses on the lean concepts and applications in Manufacturing and Service domains. Articles in the following areas of lean management are invited:

  • Lean theories/concepts with a focus on contemporary applications in manufacturing/service domains
  • Lean tools/techniques deployment studies
  • Newer tools/techniques for modern lean applications
  • Modelling for lean systems
  • Application case studies in manufacturing/service domain
  • Lean integration with Six Sigma
  • Lean integration with Agile/Sustainable systems
  • Lean thinking in Supply Chain, Leagile supply chains
  • Project selection and prioritization for lean systems
  • MCDM applications in lean systems
  • Lean product development
  • Statistical thinking and its linkage with lean systems

Articles in the above mentioned areas are welcome. Authors need to highlight the managerial/practical implications in their studies.

Prof. G Anand
IIM Kozhikode
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Prof. S. Vinodh
NIT Trichy
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Corporate Strategy

Today’s firms are exposed to extreme challenges on account of environmental uncertainty, technological complexity and rapid internationalisation which impact the firms’ initiatives towards achievement of sustainable competitive advantage. The competitive landscape has witnessed tremendous change in the past few years with changing value propositions, dynamic organizational structures, continuous resource modification, disruptive innovations, blurring market boundaries and unconventional strategies. The scope of firms and boundary decisions are moderated by multiple business scenarios; firms subsequently develop dynamic capabilities to mitigate the negative effects of the same. The firms competing in current business environment are trying to overcome the traditional limits of organisational growth through formulation of complex strategies consisting of innovative business models, collaborative value creation, technology integration, knowledge absorption, resource orchestration, entrepreneurial orientation and new market creation.

As can be seen, the nature and frequency of changes in the business environment have increased the importance of managing sustainable firm growth for researchers and practitioners alike. Corporate strategy track focuses on solving real world problems drawing on a range of theories to deliberate upon the roles and issues of management practitioners, who manage change and create value across multi business or multi geography firms. The outcome of the conference is aimed to enrich the understanding of the growth and development of the field of strategic management.

Submissions are welcome that develop theory and evidence regarding how firms manage change and achieve dynamic growth through leveraging resources and capabilities using a combination of existing strategies and creating new ones. The conference track also aims to examine the process of value creation and its appropriation using dynamic capabilities to sense and seize opportunities in the ever changing business environment.

Major topics to be deliberated upon include but are not restricted to: strategy formulation and its implementation; strategic decision making; diversification and portfolio strategies; competitive strategy; collaborative strategies; managing change and transformation; organisational structuring; resource development and modification; strategic control systems for resource allocation and performance management; innovation and technology strategy; learning and knowledge management; decision making and selection of top management teams; corporate governance and sustainability.

Proposals are desired to address questions such as: Are existing strategic management theories still valid in addressing issues of firm growth? How does the increasing complexity of the business world affect corporate strategy, modifying the boundaries and structure of firm? How can scholars and management practitioners collaborate to understand the business dynamics better and develop frameworks which enable firms in adapting to change? How do firms collaborate to maximise the value created within the economic ecosystem? What is the role of policy makers in the changing business landscape especially in light of rapid internationalisation?

Dr. Aniruddha Krishna Pal
BHEL, Delhi
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Game Theory

"Game theory is the mathematical modelling of strategic interactions of self-interested and rational players. It is an indispensable tool in decision making. In this track, we invite submissions on both theoretical aspects of game theory and its application to business management problems. The topics of interest are non-cooperative games, cooperative games, dynamic games, stochastic games, evolutionary games, behavioral games, algorithmic game theory, mechanism design and auctions, bargaining theory and pricing among others."

Dr. Rajeev Ranjan Tripathi
IIM Bangalore
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Information Systems

Mini Tracks

  1. Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics

This track invites papers on various aspects of big data, business intelligence and analytics, including case studies, frameworks and reviews to understand and to improve the state-of-the art. Industry case studies and Practioner’s perspective are welcome.

  1. IS Project Management and Outsourcing, Business Value of IT

One of the quintessential problems associated with IT field is the Business Value of IT (BVIT). Business value of IT has been studied at firm-level and process-level. This track calls for interesting novel conceptualizations and measures, and case-studies on the BVIT. In addition to BVIT, this track also welcomes topics on Outsourcing and Project Management. Delivery models such as cloud computing has been around for few years now. Research work could cover aspects related to the IS capabilities and competencies critical for success of such models.

  1. IS Security and Privacy

In view of ever increasing threats towards security and privacy, this track calls for studying the influence of IS security and privacy practice and controls. Frameworks to study the impact of effectiveness of such measures and role of regulation and policies on organizational security policies are sought.

  1. IS Strategy, IS Governance

The role of IS in organization and society has been metamorphosing continually. The role of IS has changed from the role of automating processes and capturing information to enabling knowledge-driven businesses. This track calls for sharing research and case studies related to the role of IS and its governance aspects in digital age.

  1. E-Commerce and E-Business, Technologies

This track encourages the submission of manuscripts that reflect the state of the art in digital technologies, and their impact on individuals, organisations, society and governments. Research works on e-procurement and electronic markets are welcome.

  1. IS Applications, Decision and Negotiation Support Systems

This track calls for the application of information technologies on healthcare and education. Application could focus on the benefits of patient and learner experiences, challenges and lessons learnt in the journey of such implementations and deployments. Research related to the use of agent technologies with a focus towards improving consumer experiences are welcome.

  1. Information System Adoption and Diffusion

IS adoption and diffusion are one of the most studied and researched topics in the IS field. Yet, in view of ever growing and changing technologies, it remains a mystery. Research shedding light on the adoption of new-age digital technologies, newer forms of IS delivery and especially the adoption of IS in public sector are welcome.

  1. Information Systems Strategy & Design

Design science is a relative younger stream within IS and is concerned with the design and development of new artifacts and their evaluation. It presents a theoretically grounded way of designing new artifacts to solve extant problems or fulfill new opportunities. For example, the design of context-aware systems in enhancing consumer experiences. This track calls for papers related to any aspect of design science, be it design, development or testing of new artifacts.

  1. IS General

Any topic that is not specifically covered in any of the mini-tracks mentioned above may be submitted as part of IS General track.

Dr. Venkataraghavan K.
IIM Kashipur
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Maintenance Management

Dr. Rajesh Prasad Mishra
BITS Pilani
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This track would cover all empirical and theoretical work in the area of Finance. The work must be contemporary, relevant and adhere to all paper submission guidelines of the conference. This track would broadly cover research papers in the following specific areas of Finance:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Accounting
  • Financial System and Markets
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Investment Banking

Prof. Madhu Veeraraghavan
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Dr. Aravind Sampath
IIM Kozhikode
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Dr. Smita Kashiramka
IIT Delhi
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Dr. Deepak Kumar Srivastava
Nirma University
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Prof. Aman Srivastava
International Management Institute, New Delhi
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Developments and advances in Business, Economy and Finance

Sub themes of the track may include the following, though not limited to these:

  • Advances in Finance
  • Advances in Banking
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Balanced Score Card
  • Accounting, Auditing, and Compliance
  • Application of Derivatives for Hedging
  • Capital Markets, Trading, and Portfolio Management
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Trends and Challenges in Family Business Management
  • Innovations and Entrepreneurship
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Issues related to valuation of new ventures, e-commerce firms
  • Public Policy Issues and Management
  • Governance in Governmental and Social Sector Organizations
  • Ethical issues in Business and Management
  • Global Investment Decision Making, and Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Financing and Greening of Business
  • Pricing and Competition in Two-Sided Markets
  • Business Analytics
  • E-commerce and E-auctions
  • FDI and its impact on economic development
  • Financing of supply chain and green supply chain
  • Financial products and their marketing
  • GST and other issues in Taxation; direct and indirect

Prof. Prashant Gupta
International Management Institute, New DelhiProfile
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Supply Chain Management

Supply Chain Management track focuses on empirical and analytical study, as well as cases on issues and challenges of managing operations and supply chains in emerging economies. We welcome extended abstracts, full papers, and proposals for panel discussions related to, but not limited to the following sub-domains:


  • supply chain management practices and firm performance
  • supply chain inter-firm network and collaborations among partners
  • ICT and emerging cloud technology adoption in supply chain integration process
  • cross national collaborations, learning, knowledge transfer, and innovations
  • sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) trends and exemplar practices
  • low carbon supply chain and performance assessment
  • supply chain theory, models and applications
  • managing global supply chain complexities
  • collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR)
  • reverse logistics or returns Management
  • transitioning from traditional to green initiatives in supply chain operations
  • global supply chain risk and strategy
  • impact of cultural, political, legal and institutional factors on supply chain operations  
  • Supply chains skills, capability development and educations  
This track also welcomes cross-functional research in the interface of operations / supply chain management with other areas such as marketing, international business, behavioral research, information system and so on.

Dr. Ramesh Anbanandam
IIT Roorkee
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Dr. M. Rajmohan
Anna University
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Dr. Himanshu Shee
Victoria University, Melbourne
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Operations and Supply Chain Excellence in the Emerging World

With shift in locus of power, a wave of new companies from the emerging world is profoundly altering competitive dynamics around the world, while transformation to automation, data-driven, smart and digital age has turned out to be the new world order in which the businesses have to operate. This emerging environment has become the foundation for innovative approaches for achieving operational excellence and competitiveness. The focus of this track will be on the following contemporary/emerging themes for research across various disciplines for operations and supply chain excellence. The track especially – but not solely – invite papers (Full Paper / WIP /Extended Abstract) within the following key sub-themes. Papers are invited from academicians, research scholars, students, business consultants and practitioners from India and abroad. The paper submissions can be research works (theoretical or applied), literature review, concept paper, case study, general review, experience papers, or proposals for panel discussions. Key areas of interest within this track include (but are not limited to):


  • Industry 4.0
  • Global Competitiveness
  • Design Thinking 
  • Disruptive Innovation
  • Innovation Models
  • Lean Management Practices and Transformation
  • Total Quality & Six Sigma
  • Strategic Operations
  • Supply Chain Maturity and Performance Management
  • Operations Metrics and Analytics
  • Intelligent Supply Chain
  • Data-driven Supply Chains
  • Managing Inventories for Supply and Distribution Networks 
  • Process Re-engineering & Management
  • Process Automation
  • Supply Chain Resilience 
  • Humanitarian Logistics
  • Service Operations and Excellence Models
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Project Management Practices
  • Digital Manufacturing/Enterprise/Transformation
  • Integrated Product Development 
  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Total Productive Maintenance 
  • Value Analysis & Engineering 

Dr. S. Jaya Krishna
Bharathidasan Inst. of Management
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Buyer-Supplier Relationships and Supply Chain Risk Management

Track focuses on buyer-supplier relationships and managing risks. Main themes within this track should deal with how to leverage the strengths of suppliers in sustaining supply chains, in new product development and managing the risk inherent in working with suppliers, as well as how to best develop, manage and utilize supply chain relationship structures, both at the strategic and operational levels. Track also focuses on the use of risk management strategies and practices to deal with problems associated with supply chains in uncertain business environments. The increasingly complex global supply chains have brought troubles such as product quality, lack of visibility in supplier reliability, uncertainties associated with rapid change in market demand and technology, frequent natural disasters and terrorism attacks, etc., to firms across industries. At the same time, the globalization of economies appears to be unstoppable, continuing to expand the spectrum of risks that supply chains have to bear. As a result, well-developed integrative risk management approaches are becoming much more relevant. We welcome both theoretical and applied research.  Key areas of interest within this track include (but are not limited to):

  • Relationship management
  • Supply networks
  • Strategic Sourcing
  • Supplier Innovation
  • Supplier Risk
  • Algorithms, approaches, and strategies for risk analytics
  • Characterization and metrics of risk management in complex systems
  • Managing disruptions in supply chains
  • Interdisciplinary risk management technologies and issues
  • Financial models for risk management
  • Risk management for systems-of-systems
  • Social networks for risk-based decision making
  • Supply chain security issues
  • Risk analysis and management in green manufacturing
  • Operations strategies to deal with overall economic risk (recessions or recoveries)
  • Risks and benefits of operating in emerging markets
  • Risk assessment and operational approaches to manage risk in global supply chains
  • Decision models with supply side quality and/or capacity risk


Prof. T A S Vijayaraghavan
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Energy Management

Sub themes of the track may include the following:

Energy Conservation and Management
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Solutions
Co-generation and tri-generation
Energy and Environment Auditing
Situation Analysis and Optimization of Energy in Industry
Revitalization of Energy Systems in Industry/ Power Plants
Energy Demand Forecasting
Climate Change and Pollution Control
Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
Environment Impact Assessment of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management
Storage and Retrieval of Energy
Clean Coal Technologies
Green Energy Solutions for Mega-cities
Decision Making in Energy Management
Integrated Energy Planning
Technology Management in Energy
Public Policy Analysis of Energy Efficiency
Distributed Energy Systems
Systems and Methods in Energy Management
Strategic Management of Energy
Energy Management of Smart Grids
Energy Economics

Prof. S. D. Pohekar
Symbiosis Pune
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Prof. Sandip S. Deshmukh
BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus
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Digital Supply Chain

Data driven organizations are providing faster and cheaper products and services. IoT application in Supply Chains is a key enabler in Reengineering digital journey with connected devices and people. Innovations arising out of such reengineering decide the future of intelligent supply chain. Big Data Analytics analyze data in large volumes, variety and velocity either in structured or unstructured form on a real time basis to gain insights from such data to make faster and superior decisions. The improvements using analytics in Supply Chain function still remain unexplored. Consensus, among Supply Chain Partners and data scientists in the areas of statistics, computer science, mathematics, economics or other related fields, is equally important in design and deployment of supply chains that decide the success. Harnessing the supply chain power end to end in digital era is real challenge for researchers doing interdisciplinary research too.
Paper for presentation are invited from academicians, researchers and practitioners to submit an extended abstract of their ongoing research work/case studies in one or more of the following areas.

The conference presentation tracks include, but are not limited to, the following:

⦁ Big Data analytics for digital supply chain
⦁ Designing the data driven value chain
⦁ Internet of Things in Supply Chain
⦁ Supply Chain learning and innovation
⦁ Reverse Supply Chain for competitive advantage
⦁ Supply Chain Risk Management
⦁ Sustainable and Green Supply Chains
⦁ Rural Supply Chain
⦁ Optimization in Supply Chain
⦁ Agile Supply Chain
⦁ Services Supply Chain
⦁ Supply Chain Pilot study
⦁ Warehousing and Distribution for faster fulfillment

Prof. Suresh Subramoniam
CET School of Management, Trivandrum
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Optimization refers to the process of utilizing resources at one's disposal in the best possible manner. The track on optimization invites research articles where the focus of the work is on deployment of an efficient and effective optimization technique for solving any real-life managerial problem. Particularly, papers demonstrating the application of Linear Programming, Mixed-integer programming, Non-linear programming, Heuristics and Meta-heuristics in any of the broad domains of management viz., operations, finance, marketing, economics are welcome. 

Prof. Surya Prakash Singh
IIT Delhi
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Prof. P N Ram Kumar
IIM Kozhikode
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Machine Learning Techniques for Decision Making

Machine learning techniques are very effective methods for decision making in problems related to classification and regression. These techniques are most suitable for complex problems having lot of data and variables. Machine learning algorithms are based on learning from experience and improve their performance as the number of samples available for learning increases.


We are organizing an exclusive Track on Machine Learning Techniques for Decision Making in the 11th International Decision Science Conference. This Track provides an international forum for presentation of recent developments/innovations on various aspects of theories, analysis and experiments related to Machine Learning Techniques. Scientists and researchers working in the broad areas of Machine Learning Techniques are invited to exchange their ideas/results on the related research fields.


The scope of the track includes, but is not limited to:

Machine Learning Techniques for

  • Fault Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Medical Informatics Problems
  • Design and Automation
  • Intelligent Design
  • Biomedical Applications
  • Rapid Manufacturing Technologies
  • Microelectromechanical and Nanoelectromechanical systems
  • Maintenance Management
  • Rotating Systems and Rotor Dynamics
  • Smart Materials and Structures
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Thermal Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Manufacturing System Engineering
  • Condition Based Maintenance
  • Image Processing
  • Software Quality Assurance
  • Power Systems

Prof. P.K. Kankar
IIITDM Jabalpur
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Prof. Sukhjeet Singh
GNDU Regional Campus, Sathiala, Amritsar
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Prof. Vinay Vakharia
School of Technology, PDPU Gandhinagar
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Tourism & Hospitality in Asia-Pacific

This track provides a platform for tourism and hospitality researchers, educators and practitioners to present and discuss the most recent trends, issues and innovations in the region. While broad topics and interdisciplinary works are welcome, special interest topics in tourism, hospitality and leisure are widely encouraged.

Dr. Jenny H. Panchal
JCU Singapore
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Operations Management & Decision Sciences

This track is expected to cover various issues relevant to Operations Management decision areas which are to be addressed analytically. Let the track be a meaningful platform for sharing of ideas, experiences and research reports among both academic community and management practitioners. The researchers, academicians and practitioners are invited to present the research reports, review articles and case studies focussing on methodologies, areas of application (primarily Operations Management areas), and analysis and implications of outcome and results.

The sub-theme of the track should reflect both methodologies and areas of application.

The methodologies and analytical techniques may be any of the following.

  • Linear and non-linear programming
  • Dynamic Programming
  • Integer and Mixed Integer Programming
  • Stochastic Programming
  • Decision Tree
  • MCDM techniques including Goal Programming, Multi-Objective Optimization, AHP, Outranking methods, TOPSIS etc.
  • Simulation
  • Markov Chain
  • Fuzzy Optimization
  • Heuristic-based approach
  • Stochastic Modelling
  • Data Analytical Techniques and so on


Operations Management decision areas under this track include the following (not exhaustive list).

  • Sourcing Strategy and Supplier Selection
  • Facility Location decision
  • Outsourcing Strategy
  • Capacity Planning
  • Sustainable Operations Management
  • Operations Management considering Industry 4.0
  • Make In India policy and its impact in Operations Management decision making
  • Energy Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Quality Management
  • Safety Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Globalised Operations Management strategies
  • GST in Logistics planning
  • Reverse Logistics and so on

Prof. Kampan Mukherjee
Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur
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Prof. Sindhuja Menon
IBS Hyderabad,
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Strategic management of technology in emerging economies

We live in a society which is thriving in the lap of technology. Business firms are in constant quest of securing value through the deployment of technology. The advent of technologies like internet of things, robotics, additive manufacturing, web based platforms and such others are disrupting the old ways of doing business. Business firms while devising strategy has to accommodate these shifting contours of business landscape. Presently, the marriage of technology and business strategy of firms is not a luxury but an existential need. Emerging economies like India and China have substantial potential for market growth but it also carries institutional voids and cultural perspectives that pose challenges for strategic planning as well as implementation specially dealing with technology. Given this the need for theoretical research on how firms plan and implement technology and align the same with business strategy becomes tautological. This track is a step in moving this conversation forward.  In this track, we welcome submissions which contribute towards this intersection between business strategy and technology. A suggestive list of track topics has been provided here for indicative reference.

  • Additive manufacturing and strategic value
  • Additive manufacturing and strategy implementation
  • Robotics technology deployment
  • Adoption of web based technologies in firms
  • Integration motives and challenges of deployment of technologies like big data, Internet of things, cloud computing technologies in firm strategy  
  • Mobile device platform based competition
  • Web platform based co-creation of firm value with supplier networks
  • Strategic management of technology ventures
  • Organization capabilities to develop technology resources

Prof. Som Sekhar Bhattacharyya
Associate Professor (Strategic Management and International Business Strategy)
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)


We invite academicians, practitioners from corporates and research scholars to submit extended abstract, both conceptual and empirical, in all areas of marketing to 11th ISDSI International Conference at IIM Trichy from Dec 27 to 30, 2017. Some of the indicative topics are:

  • Value creation through Digital Marketing
  • Social media marketing and the challenges
  • Consumer behaviour from the emerging markets perspective
  • Offline and Online Retail management
  • Challenges in Influencing Consumers through advertisements and promotions
  • Understanding of Rural Consumer
  • Issues in packaging
  • Challenges in Pricing
  • Business to business marketing
  • Services marketing

Articles from related areas of marketing are also welcome. The authors need to highlight managerial and academic implications in their extended abstract.

Prof. Satish S Maheswarappa
IIM Tiruchirappalli

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Prof. M. Geetha
IIM Amritsar

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Predictability in Mega Construction Project

The accelerated development of the project market such as industrial, engineering, procurement, construction, and information technology (IT) during the past decades has created a large demand on shortening the project duration. The shortening usually increases the complexity and uncertainty of the project, creating real challenges for the project team. Predictability of projects plays a significant role in their success .In order to consider a project as a successful project, the project needs to be predictable. Project predictability can be measured by the success in meeting the project’s essential objectives i.e. cost, time and quality. It means achieving the project planned budget or schedule within minimum variation. Instead of predictability, the more uncertainty in the projects, the less predictable the project’s outcomes are. Even though we have been carrying out project for long time, predictability remains a major issue in project management. Considering its importance we intent to keep track for conference “predictability in mega construction project”

Some area which may be explored are:

  • Improving Predictability of Fast-Track Projects
  • Predictability in nuclear power plant construction
  • Best Practices for the Predictability in infrastructure project
  • Cost predictability issue in developing country
  • Optimizing Quality in under unpredictability of project environment

Prof. V T Chandra Sekhar Rao
L&T Institute of Project Management

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Mr. Sunil Kumar
L&T Institute of Project Management

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Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management

Prof. Soni Agrawal
International Management Institute, Kolkata
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Prof. Lata Dayaram
IIT Madras
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Dr. Swatee Sarangi
Larsen & Toubro
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Strategic Human Resource Development

Every HR professional aspires for a seat in the strategy table. Aligning HR with Business Strategy or HR being a Strategic Business partner is a phrase which we have been hearing right from our college days. Surprisingly when you meet, discuss and probe the understanding of the term aligning HR with Business or being a strategic HR business partner is quite different for different people. The width and depth of the understanding of the term, or how, where and when of the alignment varies from individual to individual.

While the Organizational strategy is the sum of the actions a company intends to leverage its competitive advantage, in achieving its in short-term and long-term goals considering the dynamic environment in which the organization operates, business strategy focuses on successfully running the business units within the organization and ensuring that the actions as a whole support and enhances value of the organization. Strategic planning is the process of putting the strategy into action. It is the process of defining the strategy or direction and making decisions on allocating and effectively using its resources to pursue this strategy. It includes, planning, organizing, coordinating and controlling of the resources in achieving the business strategy and there by the organizational strategy.

Factors influencing organization or business strategy can be a wide range of things including Vision, Mission and Values of the organisation. The internal and external environment in which the organization operates. The prevailing social, economic and political situation, the technology, the competition, level of uncertainties, the customer preferences, changing demographic dividend and a whole lot of things which we can keep on listing one by one. Challenge of every HR Manager is align the HR strategy in line with the business or organization strategy which in turn is influenced by the whole set of factors which is listed above. HR strategy looks at aligning every function of HR like talent acquisition, performance management, compensation & benefits, learning & development, leadership development etc. has to get aligned to the organization strategy and business strategy.

The purpose of this track is to explore how HR function as a whole can add value to the business. This track welcomes conceptual, theoretical, and empirical papers from Academicians, Research Scholar, practicing professional from business and industry that enrich our understanding of Human Resource Management. The purpose is to share, discuss, deliberating, measure, benchmark, model, quantify and communicate within us. All methodological approaches are welcome.


Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • HR Strategy
  • Leadership Development
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Talent Development
  • Compensation & Management
  • Performance Management
  • Managing Diversity
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Retention
  • Organizational Commitment
  • Succession Planning
  • Career Planning
  • Digitalization in HR
  • HR analytics
  • Predictive Analytics in HR
  • Leveraging ERP Solutions in HR
  • Change Management
  • Building High Performance Culture
  • HR Outsourcing
  • HR Shared Service Centre
  • Organization Structure & Design

Dr. C. Jayakumar
Divisional Corporate – L&T Construction
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Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Trends in Macro Economics
  • Monetary policy and decision science
  • Business Economics and Public policy
  • Behavioural Decision Processes
  • Microeconomics of Firms and Decision Making
  • MicroMacro Relationships
  • Socio Economics and Bounded Rationality
  • Managerial Economics and Business Analytics
  • Management Uncertainty and Decision making by the firm.
  • Decision Making and Firm Strategy


Dr. Sarabjeet D. Natesan
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Managing Supply Chain Challenges and Role of Technology for Better Performance

This track focuses on two aspects i.e. Supply Chain Management Issues and Role of Technology. This track focuses on empirical and analytical study regarding supply chain process, practices and performance measurement issues in the manufacturing as well as service sector. This track also focuses on application of technology in various fields. As technology is playing one of the most important roles in managing diverse areas of any organization, as a result of this fact a lot of research is happening in this area. Gone are the days of data scarcity, now the problem is entirely different i.e. abundance of data. As a result of this fact, technology is being applied to manage the influx of data. We welcome extended abstracts, full papers, and proposals for panel discussions related to, but not limited to the following sub-domains

  1. Supply chain challenges before manufacturing and service sectors
  2. Supply chain risk management
  3. Use of technology to improve supply chain performance
  4. Project supply chain issues
  5. Current state of manufacturing and service sector in India
  6. Supply chain practices
  7. Supply chain techniques for better performance
  8. Supply chain performance measurement
  9. Supply chain process management
  10. Supply chain economics
  11. Modeling supply chain performance
  12. Global supply chain management
  13. Behavioral aspects in supply chain management
  14. Designing supply chains
  15. Vehicle routing and scheduling problems
  16. Supply chain relationship management
  17. Project risk management
  18. Marketing supply chain competencies
  19. Logistics management
  20. Managing supply chain disruptions
  21. Role of Information Systems in managing diverse operations of an organization
  22. Application of Decision Support Systems, Expert Systems, Knowledge Management Systems, Executive information system., strategic information system, Marketing Information System, Financial Information System, Human Resource Information System, Production and Inventory Information System
  23. Predictive Analytics
  24. Social Media Analytics
  25. Artificial Neural Networks
  26. Adaptive Neuro- Fuzzy Inference System (ANFIS)
  27. Genetic Algorithms
  28. Prescriptive Analytics
  29. Healthcare Analytics
  30. Data Warehouse
  31. Fraud Detection
  32. Spam Detection
  33. Text Mining
  34. Sentiment Analysis

Prof. Rajwinder Singh
Punjabi University Patiala 
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Prof. Sahil Raj
Punjabi University Patiala 
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Business Analytics


The Business Analytics track focuses on modeling and empirical research work with analytical applications which includes a strong data-driven analytics component in solving real world problems across a wide variety of functional areas of Management. In the era of big data, how to manage the data productively becomes a major issue in the business world. As such there are great opportunities for academics to analyze the data in different ways to extract information through decision modelling, and application of new, innovative, or best practices useful to companies to improve their competitive position. The papers should describe the performance outcomes achieved by the implementation described, as well as other organizational impacts on the overall efficiency and effectiveness.


Key areas of interest within this track include (but are not limited to):,

  • Operations Analytics
  • Performance Analytics
  • E-commerce Analytics
  • Supply Chain Analytics
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Human Resource Analytics

Key methodologies of interest within this track include (but are not limited to) the use of

  • Simulation
  • Statistical models
  • Data mining
  • Optimization
  • Heuristics
  • Stochastic models
Which are used to understand, analyze, predict, and solve challenging problems in various business settings to help managers make better decisions in both manufacturing and service industries.

Emirates College of Management & IT, Dubai,UAE
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Quality Management and Six Sigma

For any business to be globally competitive, there are two essential and integral criteria - cost and quality. Worldwide trade has uncontrollable growth rates due to highly significant working factors and strategies. The era of quality control is over, the new era is about New Product Development (NPD) considering overall quality, efficiency, features, after sales performance guarantee, morale building of customers and process development for first-time-right with zero faults and mistakes. This must be ensured right from raw material supplier, vehicle audit, supplier selection, monitoring of supplier quality and delivery, incoming inspection, development design, perfect layout planning, right kind of machine tool procurement, systematic material movement planning, in-house process control. All of this has to be done at competitive cost planning and achieved, else liable to fail in the market.

In process approach (Input-Process-Output) with PDCA cycle, complex problems - where the problem is acute, intense in nature; the problem is known however reasons are not known; and everything seems to be ok, but defects are generated, are solved using the Six Sigma methodology. Six Sigma is the powerful methodology to drive improvement initiatives and reduce cost of quality. The cost of quality would help in analysing the operating costs for effective costs and profitable business management.

The purpose of this track is to explore Quality Engineering/ Management and Six Sigma concepts and practice, business cases, roadmaps, frameworks, models, processes, and systems. This track welcomes conceptual, theoretical, and empirical papers that enrich our understanding of Quality and Six Sigma to support, share, measure, model, quantify and communicate.   All methodological approaches are welcome.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Quality Management System
  • ISO 9001:2015 and other quality management standards
  • Quality Management Certifications
  • Six Sigma Methodologies and Lean Six Sigma
  • Quality Control story
  • Measurement System Analysis for Quality Improvement
  • Cost of Quality
  • Value Engineering and TRIZ
  • Customer Relation Management
  • Dealer Quality Management
  • Total Quality Management
  • Supplier Quality Management
  • Role of Quality in Supply Chain Management

Prof. S. N. Teli
Bharathi Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai
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Corporate Governance 

The sub topics should be:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Boardroom Governance
  • Role of Independent Directors
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Corporate Role in Sustainable Development
  • Business Ethics
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Corporate/Enterprise Risk Management
  • Corporation & Law
  • Public Enterprise Management
  • Board Role in Finance & Audit Management
  • Allied Topics

Prof. Arun Kumar Rath
IMI Bhubanswar
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