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Article Type: Foreword From: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 23, Issue 5
This issue of Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management (JMTM) comprises two parts. The first is a special section with three papers on “Innovation”, guest edited by Kimberly Bates of Ryerson University in Canada and Roberto Filippini of Padua University in Italy.
The papers in this section are from the Third World Conference on Production and Operations Management held in Tokyo, Japan. This conference is organised every four years, with the first and second conferences being held in Sevilla, Spain and Cancun, Mexico. This year it is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I am grateful to Kimberly and Roberto for putting together the special section and also to Jose Machuca from the University of Sevilla who has coordinated the efforts to publish selected conference papers in various journals.
The second part of this issue consists of four regular papers on the subjects of product development, supply chain management, risk management and lean production. They represent a variety of important topics on manufacturing technology management and complement well the papers in the special section.