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NEWS about the POMS International Conference in Sydney


The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 2017 International conference in Sydney was successfully hosted by the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) on 12-14 December 2017.  The Conference Chair was Professor Norma Harrison, with Dr Viken Kortian and Julie Cox as Program Proceedings Coordinators.


The theme of this Conference, “Navigating the Future: Innovative Technologies and Methodologies in Operations Management”, brought together the academic and industry community to share the emerging issues, research, and trends in operations and supply chain management.


POMS is a wonderful example of the blend of theory, applications and practice. The POM Journal is among Business Week's 20 Premier Journals and among FT Research's 45 Premier Journals.


In this conference, we had great industry participation especially in our Keynote Address and four Plenary Panels. Accenture’s Olaf Schatteman, Managing Director - Strategy, Supply Chain & Operations APAC, gave a Keynote Address on supply chain design and operation for the New Industry X.0.  The Plenary Panel discussions involved companies like Microsoft, Fuji-Xerox, Konica Minolta, Optus/Singtel, Coca-Cola Amatil, Cochlear, Campbell Arnotts, Wipro and Brightstar USA with academic panel moderators from University of Auckland, UTS, and MGSM.  These formed an impressive group who shared their organisations’ experiences in panel discussions around innovation, supply chain management, sustainability and data analytics.


The core elements of this conference were the Academic Presentations in a diverse and contemporary range of eight Track sessions, offered in 6 parallel sessions, and two exciting workshops. 


This was a truly international conference – most of our 160 participants came from all around the globe:

  • Europe - UK, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Albania, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France

  • Middle East and Asia Minor – UAR, Israel, Iran, Turkey

  • Asia - China, Hong Kong and Macao, Japan, Rep of Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Vietnam

  • USA, Canada, and South America – like Columbia

  • Australia and New Zealand.


It was very encouraging to see collaborations from quite different regions of the world – Italy, UK and China; Switzerland, Germany and India; China and Pakistan – this was all to be encouraged in bringing the world together through our research collaborations.


To top it off, this global community enjoyed the Conference Dinner conducted on the glass covered, multi-deck Clearview boat, cruising on Sydney Harbour and showcasing our beautiful harbour city.

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