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International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum
Politecnico di Milano School of Management will host the 4th edition

17 - 02 - 2017

More than 90 researchers - from all over the world - will discuss the main key issues about sustainability, new insights and collaboration opportunity, with an interdisciplinary approach.

The increasing interest on Sustainability in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management since the late ‘90s have challenged companies to expand their priorities to the triple dimensions of social, environmental, and economical performance.
Pursuing sustainability performance requires companies to rethink – sometimes in a radical way – their products, processes, management practices, and sometimes even their business model. Often, these innovations are carried out in collaboration with a number of non-usual stakeholders, such as green technology providers, research centres, NGOs, and others.
In doing so, companies develop increased capabilities to innovate both within and across company boundaries. These new capabilities, in turn, can be exploited by the company to be more innovative on all aspects, not only for sustainable innovation. So the challenge of Sustainable Innovation in Operations Management and Supply Chain Management is twofold: from the one hand how to become more effective in developing sustainable innovations, and on the other hand how to exploit the new capabilities developed by the company.

Based on these concepts, at the end of February the Politecnico di Milano School of Management organizes the 4th International EurOMA Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains Forum.
After the last editions in Groeningen, Barcellona and Lancaster, the new edition in Milan targets all researchers interested in the Sustainable Operations and Supply Chains area who would like to contribute to knowledge with their recent works.

The Forum involves more than 70 papers from around 90 researchers all over the world; for two days, researchers would discuss the main key issues about sustainability, new insights and collaboration opportunity, with an interdisciplinary approach.
The Forum will start with a keynote speech by Prof. Mario Calderini – Full Professor of the School of Management – about the role of social innovation to foster sustainability in Operations Management.
Discussion would also involve the companies’ perspective: a panel session involving four start-ups would introduce an innovative view of the problem.  These companies propose innovative business models build upon sustainability: Orange Fiber (creating a sustainable textile from citrus juicy by-products), Rebox (designing recyclable food containers with an appealing design addressing food waste), Quid (realizing garments through scrapped fabrics with the involvement of disadvantaged women), and Wallfarm (developing control unit to automate vertical farming system).