EDSI is the European division of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), a non-profit organization of scholars and executives interested in decision making in private and public organizations. EDSI is the European network focused on multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities in the field of Decision Sciences. The Conference theme is “Information and Operational Decision Sciences: The Interplay of Information Technology and Operational Decision Sciences”. Information technology (IT) capabilities enable firms to digitally transform their business processes to pursue business flexibility, quality, and innovation, thus improving the firms’ operational performance. Operational capabilities and performance are the heart of the business model to survive in the long run. Further information available at: http://grxworkshop-en.congressus.es/edsi2017

Activities were:
* presentation and dissemination of the first results of the survey conducted in WPT1 in a dedicated thematic track ("Interplay of IT and operational decision making" – Session “Creating business value from operations”), contributing to deliverable D.C.2.1 - Scientific publications "Shifting operations to factory of the future: A survey of European manufacturing companies"; Abstract:

Factory of the future (FoF) defines a variety of production technologies and IT solutions enabling the digitisation and automation of operations. Shifting to FoF implies both disruptive changes and far-reaching opportunities in improving competitiveness of manufacturing companies. Building on a literature review and exploratory survey conducted in a European project, this work outlines current state, challenges and gaps of FoF issues from literature and empirical point of view. It derives clusters in relation to strategies, drivers, enablers, benefits and barriers of FoF technologies adoption; organisational structures, skills and competencies required; roles of the value chain partners; importance of performance management.

* networking and discussion of the added value of BIFOCAlps project with academics and industrial experts of Factory of the Future and new technologies