Leading academics, researchers and practitioners specialising in logistics and supply chain management shared their insights on the design of responsible and innovative global supply chains at the 19th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), held for the first time this year in Vietnam.
Over 120 delegates from across 25 countries attended the symposium which was jointly organised by RMIT University Vietnam, RMIT University Melbourne, and the Nottingham University Business School, supported by Cardiff Business School, the University of Hull.
RMIT Vietnam hosted two days of the symposium at its Saigon South site where delegates took part in sessions covering technical, organisational, business, and social issues in logistics and supply chain management, operations and planning.
RMIT Professor Caroline Chan, Head of the School of Business IT and Logistics, said the symposium covered research and topics critical to the development of the supply chain industry in Vietnam.
"It's bringing together the world's best in logistics and supply chain management and creating a forum for discussion on how a competitive, innovative and responsible supply chain can be designed for business across the country," Professor Chan said.
At the symposium's opening address on Monday 7 July, RMIT Vietnam President Professor Gael McDonald said responsible innovation is increasingly being seen as an essential requirement at the corporate strategy level, with direct implication on supply chains.
"Innovating products and services in a responsible manner creates new challenges and opportunities," Professor McDonald said.
"There are challenges in the traditional sense such as ethically sourcing raw materials and labour practices but also new challenges which may have environmental, safety and health consequences and impact organisations locally and internationally across a range of stakeholders."
Following the two days of sessions at RMIT Vietnam, symposium delegates attended industrial visits to handbag and shoe manufacturer TBS Group and beverage company THP Group in Ho Chi Minh City.
RMIT Vietnam will offer a Bachelor of Business in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in 2015.