Information Logistics and e-Supply Chain Management

Track Description

Supply chain management is no longer just a discipline or an area of management; in today’s competitive environment it is the way of running a business. And access to timely and accurate information is critical to effective supply chain management. Information acts as a driver to create an integrated and coordinated supply chain and provides the foundation on which managers make decisions and supply chain and logistics systems execute transactions.

Managing information from both supply-side and demand-side of supply chains is of paramount importance. With today’s supply networks extended across multiple, widely dispersed echelons, comes information complexity on the supply-side. The dynamic nature of market (demand-side) in terms of availability of high varieties and volume, and shorter delivery lead time, creates the need for agile and accurate market information. Thus, information accuracy, agility and complexity are key drivers of developing sophisticated supply chain information technologies. Researchers are encouraged submitting recent research results and perspectives that engage concepts, models, tools and techniques related to the managerial dimensions of Information technology and supply chain management.

Today’s digital information is produced and flows like never before. But how can the right information reach the right person, in the right format, at the right time, place and cost? Information Logistics research is here understood as the intellectual domain in IS research that draws from various academic disciplines, such as natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering and design studies, in order to study existing Information Logistics phenomena as well as the processes that design and develop such phenomena. In the Information logistic domain we are expecting innovative papers that explore the phenomena empirically, theorize the concept and the phenomena or set up a direction for information logistic research.

Relevant Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Information systems and infrastructures for the next generation supply chains
  • Effective IT strategies for dynamic supply chain networks
  • IT and supply chain risk mitigation
  • Role of IT in global supply chain security
  • Applications of RFID-based supply chain management systems
  • IT and the management of supply chain complexity
  • Supply chain information system design
  • Virtual enterprise and supply chain management
  • Privacy, identity, trust issues related to IT in supply chains
  • Role of ERP systems in supply chain systems
  • Decision making mechanisms for collaboration, coordination, and interaction in highly dynamic and uncertain supply chains
  • Information Logistics Foundations to address the key foundational concepts and assumptions of Information Logistics and its research.
  • Information Needing Consumer, to address the need of information about a product and its production and supply processes to conduct informative purchases.
  • Information Needing Organisation, to address enablers and hinders in organizational structure to ensure effective Information logistic.
  • Information Logistics Operations Models to address the functionality, dependencies and productivity for human-activity-systems, such as the Value Chains and Life-Cycles.
  • Information Logistics Business Models to address situations where information exchange generates business value.

Track Chairs and Contact Details

Professor Shams Rahman, School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Australia (

Professor Chandra Lalwani, University of Hull Logistics Institute, University of Hull, UK (

Professor Darek Haftor, Department of Informatics, Linnaeus University, Sweden (

Dr Linda Askenäs, Department of Informatics, Linnaeus University, Sweden (

See also…

School of Business IT and Logistics
The School of Business IT and Logistics provides high quality technical and professional education in: Business Information and Communications Technology, in Information Management and Librarianship and in Logistics and Supply Chain Management education within a comprehensive business context – ensuring the employability of its graduates.