The Road to a Digitalized Supply Chain Management

We are delighted to announce the twelfth

Hamburg International Conference of Logistics (HICL)

hosted by the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) and invite you to participate on the

13 & 14 September 2018
and an additional Ph.D. seminar on the 12 September 2018

Digitalization trends are reshaping the industrial world. Recent advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, as well as the ever-increasing capacities of smart devices, have created a whole new business ecosystem. Additionally, customers are demanding more innovative, more diverse and greener products. This creates numerous challenges for all actors in the supply chain; yet, they also present a chance to create solutions and practices that improve performance and productivity. 

HICL 2018 focuses on research concepts and ideas that enable these tools and ideas to be used in logistics and SCM. For this year’s theme:

The Road to a Digitalized Supply Chain Management

we invite empirical, theoretical, methodological and practical contributions addressing topics related to one of the following tracks:

  • Innovation and Technology Management
  • Risk and Security Management
  • Sustainability and City Logistics
  • Maritime and Port Logistics
  • Supply Chain Analytics and Blockchain
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

It is our understanding that many of tomorrow’s goals can only be achieved by a constant exchange of ideas within the scientific community. HICL seeks to create an inspiring environment for researchers and professionals to discuss solutions, challenges, and responsibilities companies face in logistics and SCM. We provide a multidisciplinary network and welcome scientific and practical contributions from different disciplines, including Business Administration, Economics, Engineering, Computer Science, Law, and Mathematics. All accepted contributions will be published open access in HICL book series.


Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Wolfgang Kersten (Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, TUHH)

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker (Institute of Business Logistics and General Management, TUHH)

Prof. Dr. Christian M. Ringle (Institute for Human Resource Management and Organizations, TUHH)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carlos Jahn (Institute of Maritime Logistics, TUHH &Fraunhofer Center for Maritime Logistics and Services)

Prof. Dr. Kai Hoberg (Supply Chain and Operations Strategy, Kühne Logistics University)

Ph.D. seminar

An optional Ph.D. seminar will be held on the 12 September 2018 for doctoral candidates in cooperation with the Kühne Logistics University. The aim of the workshop is to promote an understanding of new research opportunities in logistics and supply chain management that arise due to digitization. These opportunities relate, for example, to additive manufacturing, IoT, analytics and new business models driven by digital technology. The proposed methodologies focus on modeling and empirical research. The workshop is conducted under the guidance of experienced researchers. The get-together is also meant as a networking opportunity and a reduced-rate access to the conference for those young researchers that are not yet ready to submit a full paper.

Submission Instructions

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished research results or best practices that have not been submitted for publication elsewhere. The official conference language for abstracts, papers, and presentations is English.

Submissions will only be accepted through the HICL website ( For the full paper, you will be provided a template. Generally, late submissions and submissions exceeding the length requirement will be rejected automatically without further review. Each submission must provide four keywords and each author’s contact information. Graphics should be readable in greyscale and when printed on A5 (148 × 210 mm) paper. A submission may not exceed 25 pages or 6,000 words (total paper length).

The submission of a paper is preceded by the submission of a structured abstract. Authors must provide an abstract structured in up to six sections, mandatorily addressing the purpose, methodology, findings as well as originality and, if applicable, research limitation as well as managerial implications using the submission form on the website. After a short review process, all authors will be notified and will receive instructions on the paper submission. Paper submissions require the abstract to have been accepted in the aforementioned process.


The Conference Committee will evaluate each submission concerning contribution to theory and accessibility to the HICL audience. Refereeing is double-blind.

The abstract should clearly describe the nature and relevance of the problem(s), research methodology, and work-in-progress or final research results. The papers will also be evaluated concerning significance, originality, relevance, novelty, correctness, and clarity.

12 September 2018 Ph.D. seminar
13 September 2018 Conference Day 1
14 September 2018 Conference Day 2
13 April 2018 Abstract Submission closes (extended)
28 May 2018 Paper Submission closes (extended)
18 July 2018 Conference Registration Deadline for Authors (extended)