Risk profiles for logistics and distribution channels: Call for Papers: 2015 IFAC Symposium on Information Control in Manufacturing (INCOM 2015)
December 17, 2014

++ Action Item: Please review the Session Context below and then submit your expressions of interest to CATA Executive in Residence & Session Chair, Tom Koplay at koplyay@rogers.com

The 2015 IFAC Symposium on Information Control in Manufacturing (INCOM 2015): a CATA partnered event, will be the 15th event in the rich tradition of triennial IFAC events in manufacturing sciences and information technologies.

The general theme of INCOM 2015 is Advanced Information and Manufacturing Systems for a Sustainable Economy. Sustainable economic development, while preserving the planet's resources, is a great challenge in the 21st century.

Session Context:

As companies churn through their lifecycles in the markets of their choice some very predictable events occur that define the profiles and magnitudes of risks they will be facing due to market structure and their own choice of strategies.

From relative freedom of action in early markets to the constraining partnerships of value chains in mature markets the firms margins of maneuverability decreases and the dynamics of response to perturbations and shock loadings of the supplier network and distribution channels changes substantially.

The trip from the single company orphanage to the collective security of value chains is full of predictable surprises.

This session will explore the nature of perturbations and shock loadings absorbed, or not, by the mix of players in the market at each stage of development of this market with an emphasis on the manufacturing/real assets/production sector. Both physical and information type loadings and related coping mechanisms are explored.

Drawing on the collective expertise of both the academic and practitioner communities.

Contributions describing specific instances of potential or real breakdowns are welcomed along with models that explain or predict such instances of corporate crisis.

Key Words: Logistics, risk assessment, distribution channels, market lifecycle, exposure points, manufacturing.