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Logistics Research Network Annual Conference 2020

The public value supply chain: delivering economic, environmental and social benefits to all

Date: 9 - 11 September 2020 

Venue: Cardiff Business School


With the current coronavirus pandemic, and even the impact of the financial crisis of 2008 still being felt globally, yielding economic, social, political and environmental consequences, there is a need for academics to influence both the practice and theory of logistics in order to yield more resilient and sustainable business models that deliver ‘public value’. The core purpose of future research on logistics needs to be to not only provide economic improvements but also generate social benefits for a wider range of stakeholders, not just a few commercial organisations. New ways of working need due consideration of the technological innovations that emerge in ever frequent cycles typified by the Internet of Things, organizational and process forms that allow for greater flexibility and dexterity in operational activities, with recent examples of right shoring decisions, and people matters that address such issues as poverty, inequalities in pay, exploitation in the form of modern-day slavery, and waste, such as in food, water and energy.

The aspiration of LRN 2020 as a whole is to enhance debate and critique of the whole range of contemporary issues associated with ‘public value’, hence we would expect to see a variety of papers with some at one end of the spectrum explicitly addressing ‘public value’ supply chains per se, with others perhaps concentrating only on one aspect of the myriad of topics that contribute to our understanding of improving logistics and supply chain management as a whole. Hence, as part of our general call, we will also have calls for special streams driven by enthusiasts with a passion for knowledge generation, enhancement and delivery.

Find out more about LRN 2020 on our LinkedIn page

Submission dates:

Monday 6th January 2020   Opening date for structured abstracts submission 
Monday 27th April 2020  Closing date for structured abstracts submission
Tuesday 26th May 2020
 Notification of abstract acceptance
Monday 29th June 2020
 Deadline for submission of final papers or structured abstracts

Specialist streams include:



Construction logistics for the civic good

Prof Martin Rudberg (Linköping) & Dr Jon Gosling (Cardiff)

Horizontal collaboration among small and micro firms

Prof Tatiana Bouzdine Chameeva (Kedge) & Dr Maryam Lotfi (Cardiff)

Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Dr Minchul Sohn (Kuhne) & Prof Stephen Pettit (Cardiff)

Making logistics more sustainable

Prof Maria Huge Brodin (Linköping) & Adj. Prof Magnus Blinge (Research Manager, Scania)

Minimising environmental impact through circular supply chain management

Prof Stefan Seuring (Kassel) & Nadine Leder (Cardiff)

Ocean Logistics 2020 – people, processes, technologies & the environment

Drs Ioannis Lagoudis & Ioannis Theotokas (Piraeus)

Sustainable Public Procurement

Prof Jakob Rehme (Linköping) & Prof Helen Walker (Cardiff)

The impact of urbanisation on future, sustainable logistics networks

Prof Michael Bourlakis (Cranfield), Prof Tom Cherrett (Southampton) & Prof Alan McKinnon (Kühne)

The logistical implications of climate change adaptation

Prof Alan McKinnon (Kühne)

ASTUTE - Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

Dr. Anthony Soroka, Dr. Luisa D. Huaccho Huatuco (York) and Dr. Michael Packianather (Cardiff)

Please noteat least one of the authors is expected to pay to attend and present.

Please note that this year authors will have the choice to prepare a full paper for final submission or to simply submit a final version of their abstract only. All abstracts will appear in a conference booklet while full papers will appear in proceedings. Only full papers will be considered for the two best paper awards (best research quality and best research impact) and the post-conference Special Issue of the International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications

Papers would also be welcomed which cover a range of issues relevant to logistics and supply chains:

Benchmarking Logistics Performance

Lean & Agile Supply Chain

Regional Development Impacts

Big data & data analytics in supply chains

Leadership in Logistics and SCM

Retail Logistics

Customer Supplier Relationships

Logistics Education and Training

RFID & other Auto-ID Technology

Customer Demand Management

Logistics Marketing

Shipping and Maritime Operations

Cyber Security Issues and Solutions

Maritime Policy & Law

Supply, Demand and Capacity

Distribution and Transportation

Military Logistics

Supply Chain Risk Management

Forecasting & Performance Measurement

Modelling and Simulation

Supply Chain Security & Visibility

Humanitarian Logistics

Multimodal Transport Networks

Supply Network Design

Inbound, Outbound and Reverse Logistics

Pollution Management

Third & Fourth Party Logistics

Information Technology

Port Centric Logistics

Trade Facilitation

Infrastructure Development

Port Operations and Management

Transport & Logistics Planning

Intermodal Development

Process Design

Transport Law & Regulations

International Logistics & Supply Chains

Procurement & Supplier Development

Urban/Last Mile Logistics

Knowledge and Information Management

Supply Chain & Logistics Networks

Warehousing and Inventory Management

In addition to public value and regular streams we will have keynote addresses from confirmed speakers:

Caroline Barber  Chief Executive, Transaid
Paul Clarke  Chief Technology Officer, Ocado
Susan Jay  Sector Specialist, WRAP UK
Professor Joseph Sarkis
 Foisie Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA

As well as the usual LRN PhD Workshop in the morning of 9th September, 2020, there will also be an opportunity for attendees to register for a pre-conference workshop on circular supply chain management, namely the 4th iLEGO (innovation Lean Effectiveness Green Operations) workshop.

Welcome to LRN 2020.

LRN 2020 Organising Committee:
Emrah Demir (Programme Chair), Beverly Francis (Conference Officer), Allison Glandfield (CILT Events Manager), Irina Harris (Lead Guest Editor - Special Issues), Angharad Kearse (Communications Officer), Mohamed M. Naim (Conference Chair), Lucy Hemmings (CILT Events Coordinator), Stephen Pettit (Specialist Streams Chair), Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues (Conference Co-Chair),Xiaobei Wang (Conference Programme Co-Chair)

To find out more about our Logistics Research Network Forum and to view Full Proceedings from previous conferences click here.




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