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Dynamic Benchmarking Issues in Emerging Markets: Building Relevant Theories and Examining Evolving Practices

Special issue call for papers from Benchmarking

Guest Editors

Paul Hong, University of Toledo, USA ([email protected])
Mingu Kang, Zhejiang University, China ([email protected])
Yue Zhang, University of Toledo, USA ([email protected])

Motivation and Overview

Research interest on benchmarking issues for emerging is economies increasing. In view of growing potential customer base, dynamic benchmarking research requires vigorous debate and careful examination on the broad scope of practices beyond narrowly defined economic/productivity-based goals. It is therefore time for benchmarking researchers to consider broad scope of issues related to emerging markets. The objective of the proposed special issue is to provide encouragement for broad scope of benchmarking issues related to emerging economies. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Nature of dynamic benchmarking practices involving emerging markets.
  2. Conceptual frameworks that examine complexity related to sustainable benchmarking involving increasing customers of emerging markets. 
  3. Empirical examinations of the role of benchmarking in achieving competitive advantage for emerging markets. 
  4. Theories and models that better integrate supply chain quality management and outsourcing to emerging markets. 
  5. Theories and models that define complex features of innovation for emerging markets. 
  6. Interdisciplinary analyses of techno-culture interactions in benchmarking for emerging markets. 
  7. Best practices of growth engine industries in emerging economies.
  8. Critical roles of global logistics for building sustainable environments for emerging markets.
  9. Case studies and theoretical frameworks related to building products and services involving emerging markets.

Review Process and Timeline

Submissions to the special issue should be relevant to a broader audience of benchmarking scholars. The Guest Editors will screen submissions to ensure appropriate quality, relevance and novelty. Papers that do not pass this initial screening will be returned to the authors. The review process will require reviewers to adhere to a two-month review cycle and authors to adhere to a three-month revision cycle.

Special sessions will be organized to promote this special issue and to expand the level of interest for this special issue. This will for example include a supply chain conference to be held in March 2015 at Zhejiang University. The conference will enable authors to gain valuable input on their work and promote higher quality submissions for further rounds of review. Attending the conference is encouraged, but is not a precondition for acceptance into this special issue. A maximum of three revisions will be invited for each paper. Papers that miss the required revision cycle as well as those that are not deemed acceptable after two revisions will be removed from consideration. Submissions will enter a third round of reviews only if the revisions to be undertaken after the second round of reviews are relatively straightforward. The guest editors have edited special issues in the past, and serve as associate editors on several editorial review boards. Their experience in the administration of these tasks ensures a timely, effective and professional completion of the review process.

The following presents a suggested timeline:

Research conference: March 27-29, 2015
Submission due date: June 30, 2015
First round review feedback due: October 30, 2015
Revisions due: January 30, 2016
Second round review feedback due: March 30, 2016
Revisions due: June 3, 2016
Final editorial decision: August 30, 2016.


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Profiles of Guest Editors

Paul Hong is a Professor of Operations Management at the University of Toledo, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Manufacturing Management and Engineering from the University of Toledo. He also holds an MBA and an MA in Economics degree from Bowling Green State University, USA and a BA from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. His articles have been published in journals including Benchmarking: An International Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, International Journal of Production Research, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Business Horizons, Journal of Service Management, and Journal of Cleaner Production. He has released two books on “Development Network Capabilities in Turbulent Competitive Environments”.  The first volume focused on the practices of global firms from Korea and Japan”(2012) and the scone volume on success stories of global firms from the BRICs”(2014). As of 201, he has completed 8 special journal issues including International Journal of Production Economics (2014) and Benchmarking: An International Journal (2012).  He has been the international coordinator/chair of annual symposium and workshop of global supply chain management since 2007. His research interests are in global supply chain management, public-private partnership, and growth engine industries for national competitiveness.

Mingu Kang is an Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University, China.  He holds a Ph.D. in strategic management from the School of Management, Zhejiang University, China. He holds a master degree and a BA in Mechanical Design Engineering from Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea. His article was published in Strategic Outsourcing; an International Journal,  Journal of Business Research and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. His research interests are in Outsourcing Strategy and Global Manufacturing Strategy.  

Yue Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Operations Management at the College of Business and Innovation in the University of Toledo. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Operations Management from Desautels Faculty of Management in McGill University in Canada and a Master's degree in Management Science and Engineering and a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the School of Economics and Management in Tsinghua University in China. Prior to joining the University of Toledo, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Sauder School of Business in the University of British Columbia in Canada.  His research interests include service and healthcare operations management, supply chain design, facility location, logistics and transportation, optimization and simulation. His research works have appeared at Operations Research, IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, OR Spectrum and Healthcare Policy. His research interest is in operations strategy, operational research and healthcare supply chain management.