Preface


The 24th International Conference for the International Association of Management of Technology (IAMOT 2015) is being held in June 2015 some seven years after the 2008 financial crisis. During this time many businesses closed down or were forced to adjust their business model in many countries around the world. Some other companies survived using not the norm but followed some would say unusual ways to sustain or exceed their growth potential. This points to an Innovation and Technology based approach to survival. Technology is seen by many leaders of businesses as enabler for innovation. Technology and Innovation is considered as intertwined construct. As example of novel use of technology for sustainability certain companies have resorted to innovative shopping experiences using both physical and virtual technology shopping channels during this time.

The theme chosen for the IAMOT 2015 international conference thus seems logical in this context to be Technology, Innovation and Management for Sustainable Growth. The primary focus of the conference has been 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. If one considers that one way to ensure or strive for sustainability in business and society is to address the issue of extending the geographic reach of the business the venue for this year’s IAMOT 2015 international conference as Cape Town in South Africa, a first in the history of IAMOT conferences, may also be seen as appropriate and hopefully contributing to the sustainable creation of technology knowledge.

Papers and presentations were invited on inter alia

Asset and maintenance management
Economic and social impact of technology
Education & e-learning
Emerging technologies
Industrial and manufacturing system technologies
Information and communication technology management
Innovation and sustainable growth
Innovation, systems and networks
Management of innovation
Managing energy technologies
Product and service development
Project and programme management
Social & technology incubation
Sustainable logistics and supply chain management
Systems of innovation
Technology management
Technology and society
Technology commercialization
Technology in developing countries
Theory of technology

416 abstract submissions were received for the IAMOT 2015 conference on the above-mentioned topics, representing more than 700 authors and 46 countries around the world. There were more than 198 final full conference papers that were accepted to be published in the IAMOT 2015 conference proceedings. The paper review process is briefly described below.

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 2015 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 52 reviewers who worked very hard on tight deadlines to provide valuable review advice to authors to ensure high quality papers that eventually were published in the proceedings of IAMOT 2015.

The paper review process followed for the IAMOT 2015 conference was as follows:

  • The “IAMOT 2015 Conference Proceedings” is a peer-reviewed conference proceedings published by the Graduate School of Technology Management (GSTM), University of Pretoria South Africa and Media Chef cc, and is a conference of national and international significance having been held in venues around the world for the past for more than 24 years.
  • In order to provide a conference proceedings of high quality, “IAMOT 2015 Conference Proceedings” were guided by the following principles:
    • Only full papers were included in the conference proceedings.
    • Papers were reviewed using a double 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 60 reviewers were used from 25 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 received a minimum of 2 reviews appropriately using the abovementioned criteria, with one review also focusing in addition on the prevention of plagiarism and promoting paper logical structure and editorial quality. 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 extensive editorial process in attempt 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.

We would like to thank all the members of the IAMOT 2015 Organising Committee as well as all the GSTM staff at the University of Pretoria that contributed long hours to realize this international conference and the production of the proceedings in its final format. The IAMOT Board is also thanked for its vote of confidence in us to host this 24th IAMOT 2015 International Conference in Cape Town from 8-11 June 2015.

Leon Pretorius, D Eng
Conference Chair & Editor

Marthinus W Pretorius, PhD
Conference Co-Chair