Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Production Research: Concepts and Cases"

A special issue of Journal of Business and Management Sciences

Deadline for manuscript submissions: ( September 01, 2014)

Special Issue Editor(s)

Chief Guest Editor

Dr. Monalisha Pattnaik
Department of Business Administration, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: monalisha_1977@yahoo.com, monalisha1977@gmail.com

Guest Editor

Er. Gopal Prasad Roy
Support Services and Dam Safety, Govt. of Odisha, Department of Water Resources, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: gopal_760@rediffmail.com

Dr. Purmina Nayak
Department of Higher Education, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Email: purnimadas1990@gmail.com

Special Issue Information

The aim of this special issue is to put forth the state-of-the art research outcomes in the area of Production Research for the analysis, design, co-ordination, control of manufacturing and service system operations. Modern production firms witness tremendous pressures while striving to become more innovative in their usage of leading-edge cost reduction paradigms such as cost-driven pricing which is difficult to achieve in the volatile competitive market. The theme of this issue is relatively broader and pervasive in the sense that it includes the analysis of cutting edge and future proof production technology at all levels of production planning and control. The fundamental approach would be seeking for the emerging trends in production research in terms of supply chain dynamics, cost optimization with resource and cost constraints, gaining competitive advantage through operational efficiency, integrated productivity, quality models and their trend analysis, recent developments in production research with the application of quantitative techniques, optimization techniques (through advanced software applications) for managerial decision-making process. Manuscripts that focus on the functional and operational aspects of production research are invited. Studies that investigate emerging practices, concepts and cases related to in-bound production system as well as out-bound production system are also invited. This study will be an extensive framework for integrating multiple disciplines such as Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Operations Research, Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Inventory Management, Total Quality Management, Resource Management, Cost Management and Business Trend analysis. Manuscripts that focus on the operations of other non-manufacturing related service systems will also be considered as long as they demonstrate that these operations are strongly related to manufacturing systems operations in terms of their characteristics and the methodologies used to analyze them.


  • • Production Planning, Management and Control.
  • • Design and Optimization of Manufacturing and Service Systems.
  • • Analytical Approaches to Maximize Returns on Investment.
  • • Planning for Bridging the Widening gap between Demand and Supply.
  • • Integrated Productivity and Quality Models and their Analysis.
  • • Pricing Mechanisms, Cost Analysis and Performance Measurement for Supply Chain Management.
  • • Integrated Logistics and Transportation Models.
  • • Designing Inventory Models.
  • • Suppliers Selection Strategies.
  • • Designing Cost cum Time Effective Distribution Channels.
  • • Product Dynamics and Demand Forecasting.
  • • Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Published Papers

Abstract: The ever increasing number of employees in an organization, growth in business competitions and changing economic scenario compels the corporate to re-think about human management strategy. High attrition rate, absenteeism and migration of workforce compel the employer to rethink about the employee management. Most organizations actively look to reward hard-working employees by having an effective pay for performance. However two-third organizations have a pay-for –performance policy. Can it be possible to ensure this policy in MSMEs and other mediocre industries. Pay –for-performance, value analysis of individual employees, performance appraisal can only be possible by strategic implementation with the productivity of MSMEs. This article focuses on the concept of Human capital management, Research gap and a strategic model is suggested to face the challenges.
Abstract: In this paper an attempt has been made to show the economic significance of mining sector in the context of Orissa Economy in terms of value of total extractions, total employment generation and contribution of mining sector to State Gross Domestic Product and total revenue generation. Despite being the highest mineral rich state of the country, the state is designated as one of the poorest states because benefits of mining have gone to few hands caused by large scale corruption. The paper has explored how corruption starting from allotment of lease till the valuation of minerals and fixation of royalties has deprived the state exchequer from its dues, resulting in greater inequalities between the rich and the poor in the state.
Abstract: The present study focuses on the supply chain management in Orissa State Co-operative Milk Producers' Federation Limited (OMFED), a leading state dairy giant that operates in Odisha which is an eastern state of India. A detailed discussion regarding its distribution channels has been carried out starting from procurement, marketing to finally delivering milk and its products to the customers. Apart from this, a comparative analysis between OMFED and AMUL, the National Dairy giant of India, has been presented to draw managerial decisions for sustaining in the competitive market. Further, the challenges faced by OMFED are stated along with the perceived opportunities that may help OMFED to build a strong competitive edge over its competing brands.
Abstract: Quality normally focuses on fulfilling needs, and preferences of customers. Customer-driven quality product and service ensure to satisfy the requirements of customer beyond their expectations. As the organizations improve the quality standard of their product and services the customers’ expectations change eventually. Keep this in mind, the fast growing organization anticipates the change and improves its quality product and services continuously. This aspect encourages widespread use of quality management tools, including cost of quality, process integrity, and various measurement techniques for the survival of the organization. Total Quality Management (TQM) acts as one of the powerful management tool which integrate both internal and external customer and able to provide quality services with limited resources. Present paper deals with TQM in academic libraries and aims to focus on how they can provide better quality products and services to stake holders. Since continuous change is occurring in the field of library and information services, academic libraries have to offer learning materials in all format, i.e. print (books and Journals, reports) as well as electronics medium(through digital networked information services). Attempt has been made in this paper to examine how academic libraries can able to provide quality services to their customers with limited resources by adopting quality management tool like TQM.
Abstract: This paper explores the instantaneous economic order quantity model by allocating the percentage of units lost due to deterioration in an on-hand inventory by framing promotional effort cost and variable ordering cost. The objective is to maximize the net profit so as to determine the order quantity, promotional effort factor, the cycle length and number of units lost due to deterioration. For any given number of replenishment cycles the existence of a unique optimal replenishment schedule are proved and mathematical model is developed to find some important characteristics for the concavity of the net profit function. Numerical examples are provided to illustrate the results of proposed model which benefit the retailer and this policy is important, especially for wasting of deteriorating items. Finally, sensitivity analyses of the optimal solution with respect to the major parameters and comparative analysis of different related EOQ models are also carried out.
Abstract: In this paper, a deterministic inventory model is developed for deteriorating items in which shortages are allowed and partially backlogged. The backlogging rate is assumed to be dependent on the length of the waiting time for the next replenishment. The longer the waiting time is, the smaller the backlogging rate would be. The deterioration rate is constant and demand rate is assumed to be time quadratic. Numerical example and sensitivity analysis are evaluated for validating the proposed model.
Abstract: A deteriorating inventory model allowing delay in payment, promotional activities and inflation is developed. This arises as a result of the time gap in between the time of estimation and the starting time of economic order quantity (EOQ) system and promotional activities with a permissible delay in payment will affect the inventory total cost. Moreover, the political volatility of a country leads to a much more unstable situation in the present world economy. So a change in inflation takes place. The objective of this inventory model is to minimize the total inventory cost allowing promotional activities and delay in payment for deteriorating items under inflation with shortages. The numerical analysis shows that an appropriate policy can be benefited the retailer for deteriorating items. Finally, sensitivity analysis of optimal solution with respect to the major parameters are also studied.