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Transformation of the Global Apparel Industry and Opportunities for POM Researchers”









The global apparel industry is a multi-billion dollar industry involving complex production networks and global supply chains. It is estimated that 60 million people are employed globally in the apparel industry, with around 15 million employed (largely women) in factories located in specially in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Vietnam. A very large proportion of the garments imported by retailers in developed countries are supply by Asian manufacturers.

Enhancing competitiveness through productivity improvements, disruptive innovations, effective leadership, sustainable & ethical production have become key concerns not only for manufacturers and their major global customers but also for other stakeholders involved with the apparel industry directly or indirectly including governments, NGOs, investors, logistics and supply chain solution providers and other members of the global apparel supply chain.

Apparel manufacturing countries such as Sri Lanka have begun the journey to develop innovation & design capability, coupled with applying advanced technologies in manufacturing and logistics. It is understood that, the apparel industry will transform itself radically over the coming decade creating new challenges to all the direct and indirect parties involved. Notably, this revolution brings out new opportunities and avenues for POM researchers.

Addressing the topic the discussion session will:

  • Highlight how the apparel supply chains are changing and the level of transformation currently underway.

  • Identify areas where POM researchers can focus their future research.



  • Discuss how researchers can proceed with future research in a more collaborative way.

Session Chair



Professor Amrik Sohal.

Department of Management, Monash Business School,

Monash University, Australia.


Discussants


Prof. Jan Godsell.

WMG University of Warwick, UK.


Associate Prof. Nagesh  Murthy.

University of Oregon, USA.



Prof. Shams Rahman.
School of Business IT and Logistics College of Business RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


Ms. Sakunthala Durairatnam.

PIM, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.






Associate Prof. Mark Johnson.

Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK.



Ms. Gayani De Alwis.

PIM, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.







Dr. Rivini Mataraarachichi.

Department of Textile & Clothing Technology University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.


Mr. Samantha Rathnayake.

PIM, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.



Please come and participate in this discussion session as part of the POMS 2018 International Conference in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

For more details contact;



Session Coordinator:

Ms. H.L.M. De Silva. Mobile: +94768677700, email: leeza.bbaonline@gmail.com



Conference Chair:

Dr. Asela K. Kulatunga. Mobile: +94777611401, email: aselakk@pdn.ac.lk