Call for papers to fill issue on lean enterprise transformation

Editors of the Journal of Enterprise Transformation are inviting papers for its special issue (Volume 3, Issue 2) on lean enterprise transformation.

Lean thinking is the process of satisfying customer needs for a good or a service profitably with the least resources possible. Simply put lean is "doing more with less." To accomplish its mission lean systems utilize a number of strategies including demand pull, just-in-time production, load leveling, smaller lot sizes, employee empowerment, standard work, visual process flow, elimination of non-value-adding activities, and continuous improvement. While started in the automotive sector, with the ongoing global pressure of cost cutting and quality focus, lean system design concepts have become widely popular, propagating into every industry sector, including services. As the applications increased over the past two decades lean systems research has been maturing incorporating innovative strategies, modeling tools and techniques.

Hence, the purpose of this special issue is to explore the role of lean on enterprise transformation and tools/techniques that enable their effectiveness. It will share cutting edge research and success stories with the academics and professionals working in the field of lean systems with a balanced exposition of lean theory and practice, and provide scientific validation of previous research in alternate industry domains and on new situations and circumstances.

Suggested topics of interest might include (but are not limited to):

  • Simulation of enterprise processes to assess the effectiveness of different lean strategies
  • Application of decision tools and techniques for assessing, analyzing and managing risk in lean enterprises
  • Development of models to optimize lean enterprise operations
  • Application of statistical modeling techniques for monitoring and controlling lean enterprise quality
  • Identification of metrics to improve performance of lean enterprise
  • Innovations on how and when lean and related strategies such as Six Sigma and green/sustainable enterprise design can be used together to achieve superior systems performance
  • Comparison of lean enterprise strategies versus other strategies using modeling and empirical analysis
  • Lean enterprise best practices through innovative analysis of industrial applications of lean

Submission Instructions
All complete papers will be subject to a thorough peer review process. To be considered for this special issue, plese submit papers no longer than 30 double-spaced pages to Deadlines are:

  • Full paper submission deadline: July 1, 2012
  • Publication decisions: Oct. 1, 2012
  • Revised paper deadline: Dec. 1, 2012

You can also submit questions or preliminary ideas for papers to the following guest editors:

  • Ertunga C. Ozelkan, associate professor of systems engineering & engineering management, associate director of Center for Lean Logistics and Engineered Systems, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Ahad Ali, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, director of master of science in industrial engineering, Lawrence Technological University
  • MD Sarder, assistant professor & program coordinator, Industrial Engineering & Technology, associate director of the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, University of Southern Mississippi

Please submit papers via  and For questions or preliminary ideas for papers, to Dr. Ertunga C. Ozelkan (, Dr. Ahad Ali (, or Dr. MD Sarder (

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