IAMOT 2016
15-19 May 2016
25th Annual IAMOT Conference

Preface


The 25th International Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT 2016) will be held in May 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The theme chosen for the IAMOT 2016 international conference is Technology Future Thinking. With a multitude of new and enabling technologies in all fields of life, the IAMOT 2016 will focus on future thinking and the foresight of the technology and its impact on the new world. The conference will explore ideas and inventions that can change lives, enabling technologies, scientists and futurologists with big ideas and how it can transform the world.

The conference will address the future of MOT education, R&D, technology transfer, theory of technology, and managing innovation and emerging technologies; with a view to future thinking.

The primary focus of the conference has been/is to bring together specialists, researchers, scholars and industry participants from all over the world to exchange and share their experiences and latest research results in all aspects of technology, engineering and project management as well as industrial and systems engineering. This year’s IAMOT 2016 international conference is held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida.

Papers and presentations were invited on inter alia -

Economic and Social Impact of Technology Development
National and Regional Technology Policies and Infrastructure
Emerging Technologies
Project and Program Management
Energy Technology
R&D Management
Future of MOT Education and Research
Small and Medium Enterprises
Futurology, Future thinking, and Theory of Technology
Social Impact of Technology Development
Industrial and Manufacturing System Technologies
Technology and Competitiveness
Information and Communication Technology Management
Technology Foresight and Forecasting
Innovation, Technology Nurturing and Incubation.
Technology Transfer, Marketing and Commercialization
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The Integration of Technology and Business Strategies
Management of Biosciences and Medical Technology
Transportation Technology and its Management
Management of Technology in Developing Countries

276 abstract submissions were received for the IAMOT 2016 conference on the above-mentioned topics, representing more than 510 authors and 29 countries around the world. There were more than 130 final full conference papers and 110 abstracts for presentation only that were accepted to be published in the IAMOT 2016 conference proceedings. The paper review process is briefly described in a further section.

We would like to thank all the authors for their dedicated efforts to do research on and application of Technology Management as well as related fields. We at IAMOT 2016 are privileged that these authors chose the IAMOT as venue to showcase the progress and applications of Technology Management and associated fields of their endeavours. We also owe sincere gratitude to the truly international panel of 37 reviewers who worked diligently on tight deadlines to provide valuable review advice to authors to ensure high quality papers that were eventually published in the proceedings of IAMOT 2016.

The paper review process followed for the IAMOT 2016 conference was as follows:

  • The “IAMOT 2016 Conference Proceedings” is a peer-reviewed conference proceedings published by IAMOT & The Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria, South Africa, and is a conference of national and international significance having been held in venues around the world for the past for more than 25 years.
  • In order to provide a conference proceedings of high quality, “IAMOT 2016 Conference Proceedings” were guided by the following principles:
    • Full papers included in the conference proceedings were reviewed using at least a single blind peer review process.
    • The papers were reviewed by appropriately qualified and experienced experts that are independent of the authors. In this case more than 37 reviewers were used from 24 Institutions and Universities from more than 10 countries around the world.
    • Paper review criteria included:
      • Technical and/or research content and depth
      • Relevance to the conference topics and/or conference theme (value of the paper to the conference attendees)
      • Correctness and contribution to the field of Technology, Innovation and Management
      • The research methodology or approach followed including appropriate use of citations and references
      • The findings, results or outcome of the research/application/case or industry findings
      • Structure, readability and proper use of the English language
    • Papers and submissions received two reviews appropriately using the abovementioned criteria. This was all done to enhance the value of finally accepted papers for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
    • The editor(s) used the input from all the reviewers to accept or reject full papers.
    • The final papers included in the proceedings also underwent an editorial process to increase the quality of the eventual proceedings.
  • Full papers included in the proceedings are of the Research or Application paper type both with fundamental enquiry or problem definition process underpinning the paper quality.
  • Some abstract submissions for presentation following essentially a similar review process may be included in the proceedings.

The Publishers and Editors declare that all reasonable effort was made to work according to a recognised Code of Conduct and ethical practice. An example of such a code can be found at http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct.

Copyright © 2016 for Papers in this Proceedings resides at the Authors.

We would like to thank all the members of the IAMOT 2016 Organising Committee as well as all the GSTM staff at the University of Pretoria, who contributed long hours to realize this international conference and the production of the proceedings in its final format.

Chair & Editor:
Leon Pretorius, D Eng, PrEng