CALL FOR PAPERS (Thematic Issue) Production Engineering: Innovation, Technology Management and Industry 4.0 (ISSUE JUNE/2019)






Innovation, Technology Management and Industry 4.0

Thematic Issue call for papers from Brazilian Journal of Operations and Production Management (BJO&PM)

Innovation has been widely recognized as an important mechanism for competitiveness, especially in dynamic economies, where organizations need to respond rapidly to even more changing demands (ROWLEY et al., 2011). Innovation can be understood as: "a multi-stage process through which organizations transform ideas into new or improved products, services or processes in order to advance, compete and differentiate successfully in their markets" (BAREGHEH et al., 2009, p. 1334).


Diverse studies have registered the increase in companies’ competitive capacity, financial return, economic prosperity (in business and national environments), generation of value for customer and the increment in productive capacity (among many others) as a result of innovations’ launches in markets. Innovation, in this sense, can be understood as an important competitive differential for large, medium and small enterprises (GANS e STERN, 2003; FREEMAN e SOETE, 2009; GOH, 2004; GOH, 2005).


Therefore, innovation lays the foundations for the strategic transformation of business and organisations. Technology management involves the selection, design, implementation and operation of key technology-enabled processes, products, infrastructures and technology-driven knowledge and tools to provide the basis for the creation of competitivity (GOH, 2005). Thus, companies will have to develop their capabilities to accumulate innovative technologies faster than their competitors (FIGUEIREDO, 2010).


Ever since the beginning of industrialization, technological leaps have led to paradigm shifts in the field of mechanization, of the intensive use of electrical energy, and of the widespread digitalization. The advent of Industry 4.0 implies new paradigms regarding most managerial approaches and challenges motivated through the increasing pace of technological innovation and management (LASI et al., 2014; FETTERMANN et al., 2018).


Although Industry 4.0 can be considered a well-known term, there are others used to present this same type of manufacturing system, such as advanced manufacturing, smart industry or smart factories, smart manufacturing, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), networking manufacturing, intelligent manufacturing, industrial Internet and so on. This new paradigm is based on digital factories, with the capacity of combining information technologies and machines with smart products (FETTERMANN et al., 2018).


In this sense, the development of Industry 4.0 seeks to achieve a high level of operational efficiency, productivity, and automation of production systems and to accomplish this goal enterprises need to improve their knowledge-based systems, information integration, innovation and technology management.


This Special issue aims to contribute to the body of knowledge on innovation and technological management and their impact on Industry 4.0 development within the companies in the fast changing 21st century. This Special Issue on “Innovation, Technology Management and Industry 4.0” in Brazilian Journal of Operations and Production Management (BJO&PM) has envisaged following areas, but not restricted to, where empirical papers are sought that offer through a robust methodological perspective and enquiry into:

- Emerging Topics in Production Engineering

- Economic and Financial aspects of Industry 4.0

- New Technology developments in Environmental Management

- Hi-Tech and Low-Tech Innovations

- Technology and Information Systems in the context of Industry 4.0

- Data Science and Operations Research applications

- Big data analytics and Industry 4.0

- Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation

- New Technology applications for Production Planning and Control

- Supply Chain Management and Logistics in the context of Industry 4.0

- Blockchains in operations and supply chains

- Project Management advances in New Product Development

- Industry 4.0 Technologies in Small, Medium and Large Companies

- AR/VR/MR technologies and Industry 4.0

- IoT applications for operations

- Cloud manufacturing

- New developments and applications in Service 4.0


Important Dates:

Paper Submission Deadline: December 15, 2018

Publication: June 2019


Guidelines on Paper Submission:

The papers submitted for this Thematic Issue of the Brazilian Journal of Operations and Production Management (BJO&PM) will be reviewed by a qualified team of academicians. Successful papers in this Special Issue should demonstrate strong academic discourse combined with robust methodological approach will be considered during the peer blind review processes. Needless to say, all works submmitted to this Thematic Issue in Brazilian Journal of Operations and Production Management (BJO&PM) need to be original.


Those interested in submitting papers for this Thematic Issue should follow the instructions in the link ( and also must send an e-mail to Editorial Assitant Izabela Simon Rampasso ( and to the Guest Editor Iara Tammela, Ph.D ( informing the submission to this Thematic Issue.


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Guest Editor (please feel free to discuss your manuscript ideas with the Guest Editor):


Iara Tammela, Ph.D 
Science and Technology Institute, Fluminense Federal University, Brazil



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