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Monday, October 29, 2007

Globalization - A New whipping topic?

Enterprises are facing major risk of globalization - a new study by IBM and Wharton business school says here.

Is the globalization a new whipping boy? After the political connotations of Globalization avataar's outsourcing and offshoring are being protested against, it is now the turn of technolgists as well. They obviously want to give technology solutions - forming an integarted financial organization will help the globalizing organization, as per the IBM study.

I believe it is much more than technology - what is needed is an approach thats is less control more creation, less management more on-its-own, less of post facto data analysis, more of empiricism and experimentation - less of hierarchies more of networks, less of pyramidal thinking more of all-inclusive thinking... Its a tough ask for people who are tuned to last century work ethics - dear Control freaks - wake up - world is self-organizing!

Product-Service Systems Call for Papers

Following is a call for papers in two journals of Product-Service Systems (PSS) - This is not a trivialized topic - I think it is of critical importance to Indian companies especially service companies to explore how product complexities will impact the service industry. This is especially true in the light of the article in Indian Express


Special Issues on:


Journal of Engineering Design and Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management

Call for Papers

Scope and Overview

Most western manufacturing companies are shifting their focus of business strategy towards selling services or functionality instead of products. The product-service system (PSS) strategy has a great impact on customers, product life cycle and company strategy. The design of PSS is a complex problem, and must meet the challenges of the changing financial and resource models that align with PSS strategy. A better understanding of knowledge resources is needed in order to meet these challenges. The changes required in digital product life cycle systems that PSS brings need to be investigated. In order to encourage in-depth discussion, two special issues will be organised for Journal of Engineering Design and Int. Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management.

Focus for the Special Issues:

1. Journal of Engineering Design (

- PSS design methodologies
- PSS Requirements Engineering and Management
- Product, Service and PSS knowledge representation
- Service knowledge capture and reuse in PSS design
- PSS information and knowledge management
- Digital product life cycle systems for PSS
- Cost modelling at the conceptual PSS development stage
- PSS life cycle management
- PSS design: challenges and reflections
- Review of PSS design approaches
- PSS evaluation techniques
- Impact of in-service and disposal issues on design
- Impact of informated product in use on design

2.Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (

- PSS: Issues and Challenges
- Technical PSS
- Intelligent PSS
- Information and Knowledge Management in PSS
- PSS: Business Requirements and Techniques
- Organisational Complexity in the PSS model
- Critical Success Factors of Implementing PSS (PSS DNA)
- Implementation Approaches of PSS
- Cost Models of PSS
- Service and Supporting Network in the PSS environment
- PSS: State-of-the-art
- PSS in the Business-to-Business Industry
- PSS in the Business-to-Customer Industry
- Case Studies

Important Dates:

NOW: Please submit one page including: Title, name(s) and affiliations(s) of authors, an abstract of no more than 250 words, a set of relevant keywords and completely cited references. Also, include a cover sheet containing name, address, telephone numbers, FAX and e-mail address of the person to whom correspondence regarding the paper should be addressed. Please use the following in the subject line:

Journal of Engineering Design: JED-PSS
Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management: JMTM-PSS

Full Paper submissions due: 15th December, 2007

Notification of acceptance: 30th March 2008

Publication due: late 2008 or early 2009

Submit the abstract and paper to:

Professor Rajkumar Roy


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