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Supply chains in transition: contemporary challenges & responses

  • Supply chain

Join us to hear New Zealand’s prominent industry leaders in supply chain management and distinguish international speakers talking about the nature of supply chains from 2010 – 2020 and into the future.

Event details

 This conference offers a research presentation stream for researchers and postgraduate students in relevant fields. This is an excellent opportunity for academics and industry practitioners in the area of supply chain management to network, generate new ideas and foster future collaborations.  

The conference is organized by The School of Applied Business at Unitec Institute of Technology, and in collaboration with, NZPICS (New Zealand Production and Inventory Control Society) and Auckland University Business School.


18 June 2021


8:00 AM to 7:00 PM


Room B00, Building 180 (Red Lecture Theatre), 139 Carrington Road, Mt Albert, Auckland (Unitec Mt Albert campus)

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Guest Speakers

  •  Sean Culey - Author of “Thrive in an Age of Disruption”
  •  Abe Eshkenazi, CEO—APICS  
  • Deena Clarkson – Programme Director - CSDC Automation at Fonterra
  • Roger Gray – CEO - LPC


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Call for Papers

Submissions are invited from industry managers and academic researchers, on the following themes.
  • Talent & leadership including emerging skills
  • Managing disruption
  • Digital transformation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Future technologies (blockchain, additive manufacturing)
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Strategy (construction & health supply chains)
Other issues and topics may also be examined and discussed in this conference from the perspective of contemporary supply chain management.
Paper abstracts of up to 200 words are due by 14 May 2021 via email to
Please include a short bio (50 words) for each of the contributors and contact information for the corresponding author and list 3 -5 keywords for your paper.
Full papers to be submitted by 21 June 2021. Please refer to Instruction for authors.
Selected papers will be published in a New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research (NZJABR) special issue titled “Supply chains in transition”.

Key dates to remember

  1. Friday 14 May 2021 - Abstract submissions close
  2. Monday 31 May 2021 - Notification of acceptance
  3. Friday 4 June 2021 - Authors to confirm participation
  4. Friday 18 June 2021 - Conference day
  5. Monday 21 June - Full paper submission close