Innovation and Production Management in the Process Industries – in search of a conjoint approach Call for a Special Issue of Technovation
• 大类 : 管理科学 - 1区
• 小类 : 工程：工业 - 1区
• 小类 : 运筹学与管理科学 - 2区
The family of industries generally denoted as “the process industries” spans multiple industrial sectors, constitutes a substantial part of the entire manufacturing industry and is generally considered to include petrochemicals and chemicals, food and beverages, mining and metals, mineral and materials, pharmaceuticals, pulp and paper, steel and utilities. In this context the following intentional definition is used (Lager, 2017a):
The process industries are a part of all manufacturing industries, using raw-materials (ingredients) to manufacture non-assembled products in an indirect transformational production process often dependent on time. The material flow in production plants is often of a divergent v-type, and the unit processes are connected in a more or less continuous flow pattern.
One of the principal differences between companies in the process industries and those in other manufacturing industries is that the products supplied to them and often delivered from them are materials or ingredients rather than components or assembled products (Flapper et al., 2002, Frishammar et al., 2012). In an early study of the 2,000 top worldwide investors in research and development (R&D), about 30% of those companies belonged to the process-industrial cluster (Lager, 2010). However, in spite of the importance of this cluster of industries within the disciplines of innovation management and production management, as well as for industrial production and innovation in general and for the world economy at large, the family of process industries is surprisingly “under-researched”.
The overall aim of this Special Issue is to revealwhyandhowa cross-disciplinary research approach can benefit process-industrial innovation- and production management. Interesting empirical insights, as well as theoretical and conceptual contributions are also invited to show where other manufacturing industry best practices and methodologies might be adapted for process-industrial innovation and production management. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to the following lines of inquiry:
In search of improved process-industrial manufacturing and investment strategies in the perspective of dynamic market environments.
Development and management of global manufacturing networks in a process-industrial perspective.
Capturing business opportunities in the emerging process-industrial landscape, by transcending sectoral demarcations and traditional technology system configurations.
Process-industrial production capabilities and product life-cycle management in the perspective of circular economy.
Integrated portfolio planning of products and production systems in the process industries – what lessons can be learned from other manufacturing industries?
Platform-based production and design of non-assembled products – development of integrated raw material, production technology and product configuration models.
Improved product and production innovation work processes in a process-industrial end-to-end perspective - from raw materials to end-user applications.
New perspectives on company strategic raw materials supplies – e.g. interactive raw material and process technology innovation.
Capturing value from commodity products, through expanded supplementary product service offerings or application development.
Product vs. process innovation in the perspective of technology position on the S-curve or positioning products on the commodity/functional product scale.
Impact of new industry 4.0 or digital technologies on innovation and production management in the process industries
Digitalization as a supportive instrument for improved supplier- and customer interaction – is there a need for new innovation and production management tools and best practices?
Process automation for improved product quality and production flexibility – a “hidden gem” for low cost/high reward process-industrial innovation.