Operations and Supply Chain Management Conference 2023

Operations and Supply Chain Management Conference and 1st Symposium on Blockchain Research

Join the Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) Conference to gain expert insights on publication tips from editors at leading journals, and participate in the 1st Symposium on Blockchain Research within supply chain contexts.

Dates: 27-29 June 2023

Place: University of Liverpool Management School

Cost: prices available for 1-3 days

Accommodation: special rates available (find out more)

Important Dates:

  • Symposium on Blockchain Research submission deadline: 31 May 2023 (find out more)
  • Registration deadline: 15 June 2023 (register now) - You need to formally register to attend the events, but a paper (or poster) submission is not compulsory.

This event is part of the Management School's 20th Anniversary celebrations. 

Day 1: Successfully publishing in OSCM leading journals

Organised by the Management School’s Centre for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) and OSCM Subject Group, the conference will kickstart with a publication forum, including presentations from journal editors and a panel discussion on how to successfully publish in leading academic journals in OSCM.

By taking part in this one-day event, you will gain invaluable insight, expert advice and tips from editors-in-chief, department editors, senior editors and associate editors from world-leading journals, including:

You will also have opportunities to ask questions, network with each other, and explore future research collaborations.

Days 2 and 3: 1st Symposium on Blockchain Research

From day two, the focus moves on to blockchain applications in the context of supply chain management and operations.

As a distributed ledger technology, blockchain is evolving in different sectors, including supply chains, logistics, healthcare, finance, legal services, etc.

Blockchain applications provide the opportunity to create innovative business operational models, with enhanced data management through decentralisation and systems transparency.

As a disruptive technology, using blockchain has the potential to revolutionise the way supply chains are operated. To make the best use of blockchain requires careful planning and support from all stakeholders, including policymakers, supply chain members, and consumers.

This first symposium on the potential of blockchain applications for supply chains will provide a forum for international academics and policymakers, to showcase and discuss the latest blockchain research, issues and practices. 

The symposium is an ideal event for Operations Management and Information Systems researchers interested in the interplay between supply chain management and blockchain technologies.

Keynote speakers


Day 1: June 27, 2023

Venue: ULMS – Seminar Room 1

Session Time



10:00 – 10:30

Registration and Refreshments

10:30 – 10:45

Opening and Introduction

10:45 – 11:15

Production and Operations Management

11:15 – 11:45

Transportation Research Part E

11:45 – 12:15

Computers & Operations Research

Transportation Science

12:15 – 13:45

Lunch and Networking


13:45 – 14:15

International Journal of Operations and Production Management

14:15 – 14:45

Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management

14:45 – 15:15

Journal of Supply Chain Management

15:15 – 15:55

Panel Discussion

All; moderated by Professor Andy Lyons

Day 2: June 28, 2023

Venue: ULMS – Seminar Room 1

Session time

Session topic

Key persons/speakers

10:00 – 11:00

Plenary talk:

Optimal Vaccine Ordering during Pandemics: Values of Blockchain

  • Prof Jason Choi, ULMS

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 12:30

Plenary talk:

An investigation on the impact of counterfeiting and traceability on the secondary market

12:35 – 14:00

Lunch break & Poster competition

Competition judges:

14:00 – 15:00

Plenary talk:

The Cryptocurrency Transaction Fee Market: Macro, Micro Perspectives, and Future Trends

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 – 17:30

OM presentations

Session chair:


Dinner at VG&M

Dress code: Smart

Day 3: June 29, 2023

Venue: ULMS – Seminar Room 1
(OM session) & Seminar Room 6 (IS session)

9:00 – 10:30

Forum of leading scholars’ thoughts on blockchain application




Panel List:

10:35 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00

OM presentations & Research talk about JOM special issue

Session chair:

Dr. Guangzhi Shang will also give a talk about JOM SI “Operational Perspectives on Blockchain Applications”

11:00 – 12:00

IS presentations & Research talk about TRE special issue

Session chair:

Both Eric and Daniel will introduce two SIs from TRE about digitalisation and new norms in supply chain management

12:00 – 12:55


12:55 – 13:00

Symposium closing

Present your research at our conference

If you are researching blockchain applications in the context of supply chain management and operations, we encourage you to submit an extended abstract and poster to be considered for an oral presentation at our conference, before 31 May 2023.

If successful, you will have the opportunity to present your research during one of the parallel sessions and gain comments and insight from editors at leading journals.

For poster presentations, awards will be granted to the best projects.

Topics of interest

We welcome extended abstracts on topics including, but not limited to:

  • Interaction of supply chains and blockchains, with the use of smart contracts
  • Process-aware blockchain design and management
  • Blockchain applications in metaverse platforms
  • Design and implementation issues in the transition from PoW to PoS
  • Data management issues on the blockchain
  • Lightweight protocols and networking issues of blockchains
  • Blockchain security, privacy and cryptographic tools
  • Repeated games, collaborative games, reputation, and algorithmic game theory
  • ICO and cryptocurrencies, token valuation, governance and voting
  • Trust models for blockchains
  • Smart contracts and programming languages
  • Incentive theory and mechanisms design
  • Multi-agent systems and machine learning techniques applied to blockchains

Submission Guidelines

For your research to be considered for presentation during the symposium (days 2 and 3), you need to submit an extended abstract with the following format:

  • Page limit: three A4 pages, including references
  • Font: Times New Roman, 12 font size, 1.5 line space
  • File: PDF format only

Poster submissions must follow the format below:

  • Page limit: one A3 page
  • File: PDF format only

All posters must include an ULMS-OSCM banner aligned at the bottom, centred and covering the full length of the document. You can download Word templates and banners in landscape orientation and portrait orientation.

Submissions must indicate the type of submission (“Presentation” or “Poster”) followed by the paper’s title, and author(s) name(s) and affiliations.

A paid registration will be required for each accepted submission.

Click here to start your submission


Special accommodation rates

The Liverpool Novotel Paddington Village hotel is offering a fantastic discount for delegates coming to our conference.

The exclusive conference rate is £115 per night for single occupancy and £125 per night for double occupancy.

This is a brand new 4-star hotel conveniently located near the University of Liverpool, that offers stylishly finished and fully equipped rooms, and stunning views of our vibrant city.

To take advantage of this special offer, please use the code 2306UNIVER when making your booking.

To make a reservation, please contact the Liverpool Novotel Paddington Village directly:

  • Email hb737-re@accor.com
  • Or call +44 151 245 6700 and select option 2 for meetings and events


Organising committee chairs

Professor Andy Lyons - a.c.lyons@liverpool.ac.uk 

Professor Jason Choi - t.m.choi@liverpool.ac.uk

Professor Guangzhi Shang - gshang@business.fsu.edu

Professor Hugo Lam - hugolam@liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Xinjie (Daniel) Xing - x.xing3@liverpool.ac.uk

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