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Sustainable Supply Chain

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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Project Management

Prof. V T Chandra Sekhar Rao
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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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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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Environmental Management

Prof. Sampatrao D. Manjare
BITS Pilani, Goa Campus
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Energy Management

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

Prof. Kampan Mukherjee
Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur
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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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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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