Where Industry 4.0 Stands Today: Invitation to Participate in Groundbreaking Research

Dear Industry Leaders,

As part of our commitment to advancing knowledge in the field of modern technologies and their application in industry, our university, in collaboration with colleagues from Brunel University London, is conducting pivotal research on the implementation of Industry 4.0 innovations.

In professional and scientific literature, there is a lot of discussion and writing about modern technologies, especially those characteristic of Industry 4.0. There is a prevailing perception that these technologies are widely implemented in the industry. However, the reality is quite different. Our current research indicates that only a small percentage of financially robust companies have managed to integrate some of these highly discussed technologies into their production structures (link to research results: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/16/4/1421).

Our research aims to provide a snapshot of the industry's real application of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, with a specific focus on the automotive sector. We believe that only a company that has established effective and efficient supply chains (Supply Chains 4.0) can be considered an Industry 4.0 enterprise.

We intend to collaborate in gathering data, comparing it with existing results, and generating new insights. To complete our questionnaire, please go here: Survey Link

Thank you for your time and expertise.
Research Team



The 18th International Scientific Conference on Industrial Systems – Industrial Innovation in Digital Age will be held in Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, October 7 - 9, 2020

All information about the Conference program and participation are available by:
Industrial Systems – IS’20
Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad
Trg Dositeja Obradovica 6
21000 Novi Sad, Republic of Serbia
tel: +381 21 485-2154, 2142 fax: +381 21 459-740

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DSCIM - 1st Doctoral Students Conference on Innovation Management

UPDATE: the conference proceedings are available at the following link:


Photos from the event are available at the following link:


University of Novi Sad, Serbia, together with partners within the MAIN Tempus project (Contract no. 544278-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-RS-TEMPUS-JPCR) calls young researchers and experienced experts to participate in the 1st Doctoral Students Conference on Innovation Management.

Are you looking for:
•    Developing your research in the field of Innovation Management,
•    Becoming more connected with other future experts in this area,
•    Discussing the research results of your thesis,
•    Applying your knowledge in the industry,
•    Publishing results of your work,
•    Networking with experts in your region,
•    Influencing others with your example,
•    Getting in touch with researchers experienced in Innovation Science?

Join, interact, share and learn from the group of experts at the DSCIM in Novi Sad, Serbia, on October 3-6, 2017. You will have the opportunity to meet dozens of young and experienced researchers, with the right milieu to test your research plan, to promote your research results, or to share your experience in managing innovation.

During this four day event we will bring together doctoral students, researchers, policymakers, and business innovation or entrepreneurship managers and offer access to their presentations, a variety of workshops and unlock numerous networking opportunities. Participants will also benefit from workshop that will prepare them to successfully present their story to their audience.

Since the DSCIM is supported by the MAIN project, there is no registration fee!

Participants are expected to submit their short papers (2,000 to 4,000 words long) or their case studies and to prepare a presentation. The best extended abstracts will be invited to develop a full paper and publish in the conference’s partner journal: International Journal of Industrial Engineering and Management, indexed in SCOPUS.

1.    Call for scientific presentations: present your scientific research results as an academic or a PhD student in the last stages of your studies
2.    Call for researchers in early stages of their work: present your research plan, design, methods and concept, in order to get valuable feedback
3.    Good practice proposals: present and discuss your good practice case study
4.    Poster proposals: present your scientific or practitioners research results in a poster session at the conference, printed by the conference organizers

All participants should submit their proposals through the electronic submission system:


Submissions are encouraged to focus on the following:
- Engineering Innovation and Innovation Management: state of the art and future perspectives
- Methods & measurement of Innovation
- Open Innovation
- Product innovation and Service innovation
- Innovation related to organization, process and logistics
- Innovation policies & instruments
- Innovation in entrepreneurial activities and in SMEs
- Creativity stimulation and idea conversion
- Innovation in Developing countries
- Platforms & Ecosystems for Innovation
- Transferring Knowledge for Innovation

Conference program

03-10-2017 Tuesday

Evening: Informal welcoming cocktail and get-together

04-10-2017 Wednesday 

Morning: Joint opening ceremony with the IS conference: official representatives and keynote speakers; DSCIM opening with official representatives, project coordinator and conference chair

Afternoon: Two (parallel or serial) sessions with student participation. Researcher delivers an introduction (30 minutes), after which the students present their work:

  • Introduction: Carsten Dreher, PhD - Demand, adoption and modification needs for Innovation Management in transition economies – Open questions, approaches and research agenda
  • Researcher Jelena Borocki, PhD: This session will refer to different aspects (factors and/or indicators) in process of developing innovative company. It is known that innovation management is a process that encompasses the whole range of decisions, activities and measures in order to facilitate the transfer of an idea into the business value. That is the main reason why this session will be focused on different approaches how organizations fulfill their goals and transform their resources into innovative product/service; monitor and access innovative activities; apply different methodologies in order to access and improve innovative capabilities, etc. It cannot be forgotten the role of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial orientation of company in order to be innovative.
  • Researcher Iztok Palčič, PhD: This session deals with Value management and innovation, especially in the field of new product and process development in manufacturing environment. We will present the concept of value creation and tools and methods of functional analysis and value engineering. The part of the session is introduction of a unique method to foster creativity.

Evening: Dinner and networking

05-10-2017 Thursday

Morning: Two (parallel or serial) sessions with student participation. Researcher delivers an introduction (30 minutes), after which the students present their work. LEGO serious play workshop on innovation:

  • Researcher Amila Pilav-Velić, PhD: This session aims to indicate importance of Innovation policy for fostering innovation and economic growth. Policy design including its implementation through concrete instruments and mechanisms will be analyzed especially in the transitional context. The special emphasis will be placed on challenges in identification of proper policy options. Moreover, collaboration and Open Innovation practices as a tool for spurring innovation will be discussed.
  • Researcher Petar Vrgović, PhD: This session will explore human factors related to innovation processes, on individual and organizational level. Incentives for engagement in innovative projects are to be discussed, as well as forming a creative atmosphere in a company. Divergent processes are to be analyzed with aim to understand their nature and touch-points where managerial processes can influence them, both within the company and with external innovation partners. Tools related to communication and idea management will be discussed.

Afternoon: Interactive session with selected companies and their challenges: mixed panel of researchers and practitioners; "turned tables": students share their comments and insights

Evening: Dinner and networking

06-10-2017 Friday

Morning: Closing ceremony of the conference and of the MAIN project, presentation of project results. 

Afternoon: Potential city tour or a tourist visit to nearby monasteries and wineries

 Important dates:

- July 28th (extended deadline) 2017 Submission deadline for submission of short papers
- August 12th, 2017 Notification of acceptance to successful authors and reviewer feedback
- September 15th, 2017 Final version of short papers, instructions for preparing the presentation and Registration deadline (free, but mandatory)
- October 3rd-6th, 2017 Conference

Registration fee: Free for PhD students with submissions related to Innovation Management!

 Accomodation: Please consider using the following accomodation options. Contact the hotels directly, and state that you are participating DSCIM conference at Unviversity of Novi Sad, to qualify for special prices.




Program committee:

Petar Vrgović, PhD, University of Novi Sad, Serbia - conference chair
Carsteh Dreher, PhD, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Amila Pilav-Velić, PhD, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Jelena Borocki, PhD,University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Željko Tekić, PhD, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
Dimitris Milosis, PhD, Aristotle University, Greece
Abram Walton, PhD, Florida Institute of Technology, United States of America
Nikos Zaharis, PhD, South East European Research Centre, Greece
Iztok Palčič, PhD, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Darrel Sandall, PhD, Florida Institute of Technology, United States of America
Evan Shellshear, PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia (author of Innovation Tools)
Nicos Komninos, PhD, Aristotle University, Greece

Organizing committee:

Aleksandar Rikalović, PhD, Univeristy of Novi Sad, Serbia
Danijela Gračanin, PhD, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Agnieszka Radziwon, PhD, Univeristy of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Angela Fajsi, MSc, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Aleksandar Vekić, MSc, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Venues: Novi Sad, Fruška Gora – Andrevlje, hotel CePTOR and University of Novi Sad facilities

For any inquiries, do not hesitate to contact the conference chair:
ass.prof. Petar Vrgović, PhD
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