Thursday, October 11, 2007

International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research (ICPQR)

Dear Colleague,

We cordially invite you to the 13th International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research (ICPQR), to be held 25-28 June, 2008 in Oulu, Finland. The conference theme is “Productivity and Quality in Knowledge-Intensive Organization”.

During the last few decades, we have been able to create a strong theoretical foundation and practical tools for improving the productivity and quality of repetitive production and service processes. The objective of this conference is to discuss the applicability of traditional approaches in a new environment. We aim to develop new approaches that can be used to improve productivity and quality in knowledge-intensive organizations. These organizations are engaged in complex and non-routine processes that are difficult to manage with traditional approaches.

ICPQR 2008 invites the submission of papers both from researchers in academia and industrial practitioners on different topics in the area of productivity and quality in knowledge-intensive organizations. We are looking for theoretical papers as well as practical applications that address the conference theme. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to

  • Research and development
  • Product development
  • Healthcare service production
  • Production and supply chain management
  • Project-based organizations

The extended abstracts of 1500-2000 words in English should be submitted no later than 31st January, 2008. Abstracts may be submitted by using the on-line procedure on the website; or by email;

All abstracts will be blind reviewed by the scientific group and all accepted articles will be published in the conference proceedings. Revised and expanded versions of selected papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in refereed journals.

The registration fee is 500 € (for students 300 €) including proceedings and other materials, welcome reception, coffees, lunches, a conference dinner – and extra surprises.

The ICPQR 2008 conference is organized by the University of Oulu in association with the International Society for Productivity and Quality Research. We provide a forum in which new research and applications are presented and discussed.

It is our pleasure and privilege to invite you to take part in ICPQR 2008 in Finland. We look forward to a great conference and to welcoming you and your colleagues to Oulu.


Prof. Jaakko Kujala Prof. David J Sumanth

University of Oulu University of Miami

President of ICPQR

Oulu offers the venue of action-packed city life, vigorous outdoor activities and complete relaxation. In its surroundings, one can enjoy a spacious environment and the silence of pure northern nature where the sun never sets. You will be closer to nature and the wilderness than ever before. However, Please, take a quick look what is waiting for you in the film: "A state of mind":

Please feel free to distribute this e-mail and the Call for papers to colleagues, research students or others who may be interested in attending, sponsoring or promoting the conference.

Best regards,

Päivi Iskanius, Conference Coordinator

Contact address: Päivi Iskanius, University of

Oulu, Department of Industrial Engineering and

Management, P.O Box 4610, 90014 Oulu, Finland


ICPQR Conference 2008

International Conference on

Productivity and Quality Research

Oulu Finland - June 25-28, 2008


Important deadlines:

Jan 31st 2008 Submission of abstracts

Feb 29th 2008 Notification of acceptance

May 15th 2008 Submission of papers


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