Call for Chapters: Mass Customization Information Systems in Business

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Mass Customization Information Systems in Business

A book edited by

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Germany & Prof. Dr. Gerhard Friedrich University of Klagenfurt, Austria


Call for Chapters:

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Proposals Submission Deadline: August 15, 2005 Authors notification: August 31, 2005 Full Chapters Due: November 30, 2005


Introduction Mass customization is a business strategy that aims at satisfying individual customer needs with near mass production efficiency. The advances realized in information technology are critical enablers, which make this strategy function efficiently. Information systems can be implemented to support diverse activities in the mass customization value chain. They assist customers during the product specification phase in order to lead them in a fast-paced manner to the product variants corresponding to their individual requirements. Modern information systems, which support open-innovation even enable customers to participate actively in the product design. Furthermore, mass customization information systems contribute to helping companies mitigate excessive product variety and increase costs' efficiency on the shop floor and logistics through optimal product modeling and production planning and scheduling.

The Overall Objective of the Book In the fields of mass customization information systems, there exists a need for a book enclosing high quality analyses in this area. The scientific community and professionals both will benefit from a book that focuses on this subject. This book should describe the state-of-the-art, innovative theoretical frameworks, advanced and successful implementations as well as latest empirical research findings in the area. The main objective is to bridge theory and practice on the one hand and to fill research gaps and answer open questions on the other hand. The book will improve the understanding of the problems that are encountered during the conception of information systems for mass customization. Furthermore, it provides solution approaches for the mitigation of these problems and simultaneously highlights new directions for future research.

The Target Audience The target audience consists of professionals and scientists working in the field of computer science and artificial intelligence. In addition, industrial engineers and researchers in business administration with a special focus on information systems and IT Management will find this book as an adequate reference that describes current research and presents topics that can be more deepened in the future. Graduate students in the mentioned areas will find practical applications of some theoretical concepts that are already discussed in class.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following: * Customer needs' elicitation * Personalization and advisory systems * Product modeling and configuration systems * Customer Relationship-Management systems * IT-Systems for Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management * IT-architecture and infrastructure for mass customization * IT-support for open innovation

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before August

15, 2005, a 2-5 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 31, 2005 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2005. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group, Inc., publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document and pdf) to:

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Blecker Department of Business Logistics and General Management HAMBURG UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (TUHH) Schwarzenbergstr. 95, 21073 Hamburg, Germany Tel.: +49 (0) 40 42878 3525 . Fax: +49 (0) 40 42878 2200 E-mail:

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