International Business Engineering Conference (IBEC)

9 - 10 August 2018, Bali, Indonesia

"Business Engineering and Industry 4.0 in a Global Economy"

The International Business Engineering Conference (IBEC) is IABEP’s flagship event in 2018. This year’s key topic is “Business Engineering and Industry 4.0 in a Global Economy”. IBEC provides the ideal platform for experts from academia and industry to discuss the challenges and the opportunities arising from digitization (Internet of Things, big data) for business in South East Asia and across the world. We have a clear focus on business practice and will discuss the potential of business engineering as a cross-disciplinary approach to help businesses deal with Industry 4.0. IBEC will shed light on this topic from various perspectives by offering a series of workshops to corporate participants. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with like-minded experts from other industries and countries.

We look forward to welcoming you at IBEC 2018!

Keynote Speech

Industry 4.0: Key Technologies and their Impact on Business and Strategy 

Prof. Dr. Hendrik Brumme, President, Reutlingen University, Germany

Which new key technologies will drive major change in manufacturing in the near future? In this keynote speech, technologies will be described and assessed regarding their potential and risk from a strategic perspective. The scene will be set for the ensuing panel discussion and workshops.


Panel Discussion

Business Engineering: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Tackling Challenges in Global Business

How can businesses succeed in an environment that is marked by increasing digitization, a globalization of supply chains and increasing complexity in business relations? The International Association of Business Engineering Professionals (IABEP) is a new association tackling this triple challenge. After a short presentation of IABEP’s goals, a panel of academic and business professionals will discuss the challenges and benefits coming from a cross-disciplinary “business engineering” approach to this problem.

Corporate Workshops

1A                    Opportunities of Industry 4.0 for Business Models and Processes

Prof. Dr. techn. Daniel Palm (ESB Business School, Reutlingen University)
The idea of Industrie 4.0 is the strong customization of products under the conditions of highly flexible (mass-) production with enabler technologies like the digitalization of the factory, product, processes and business models, the horizontal and vertical system integration, a decentralized decision making, the usage of autonomous robots or additive manufacturing. The workshop will provide a presentation on the opportunities of Industrie 4.0 for business models and processes. The following discussion will focus on the adaption of this concept in industry in general and in emerging countries in particular.

2A                    The Global Maker Movement and the Future of Industry

Prof. Dr. Martin Grossman (Bridgewater State University)​​​​​​​

This workshop traces the history and evolution of the Maker Movement and explores how this grassroots phenomenon is providing access to tools and fostering innovation in industry. Such topics as types of Makerspaces, location selection, equipment and revenue generation are introduced. Case studies on building Makerspaces in the U.S. and Malaysia are presented.


3A                    Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing and Logistics: Automation and Robotics

Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfgang Echelmeyer (ESB Business School, Reutlingen University)

This workshop will first provide an overview of state of the art technology in the area of robotics and automation for Industry 4.0 applications. Afterwards evaluation criteria for
the technologies in terms of technical and economic feasibility will be presented and discussed. Based on existing data for different use cases (and data from workshop participants),
regional differences of different eco-systems will be developed (Europe vs. Southeast Asia).

The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with
- an overview of technologies,
- an overview about different use-cases
- competence to evaluate his own application relating to presented technologies.

1B                    Improving Halal Supply Chain Performance using Blockchain Technology

Prof. Dr. Mohd Ridzuan Bin Darun (Universiti Malaysia Pahang)

A series of focus group discussions with industry leaders was held in Kuala Lumpur showing that halal supply chains have inherent problems or flaws, namely in (1) traceability; (2) integrity (unbroken chain): (3) different knowledge levels and segregation practices (4) lack of communication. These problems require a different approach to how halal supply chains are orchestrated. To overcome the challenges, we propose a management system in halal blockchain technology using a smart contract system. A distributed database running on multiple servers continually checks the security and integrity of each transaction or data entry. The workshop presents the adoption of blockchain technology on halal supply chain in selected industries to solve industry problems.

2B                    Industry 4.0 and Modern Supply Chain Management

Prof. Dr. Edward Sweeney (Aston University)

The effective application of contemporary supply chain management (SCM) thinking has the potential to significantly enhance the competitiveness of firms across all sectors. Thus, it is an important element in the Industry 4.0 context. This workshop will introduce delegates to the role of SCM in addressing some of the key business challenges being faced by companies across various sectors, with a particular emphasis on technological innovation and the people dimension.

3B                    Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics for Business

Dr. Nur Budi Mulyono (School of Business and Management, Institut Teknologi Bandung - SBM ITB)

The goal of keeping the impact of artificial intelligence and data analytics on business and society beneficial motivates research in many areas. This workshop will discuss how artificial intelligence and data analytics including big data analytics can improve the decision-making process, solve real-world problems and provide the implementation of machine learning in the business context. State of the art research and use case of artificial intelligence and data analytics in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector are presented.







Day 1 – Thursday, 9 August 2018

10:30 - 11:00   Registration

11:00 - 11:30   Opening ceremony & introductory speech

11:30 - 12:30   Keynote speech:
                            Business Engineering and Industry 4.0 - the German Experience

12:30 - 13:30   Lunch break

13:30 - 15:00   IABEP presentation & panel discussion:
                            Business Engineering: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Tackling Challenges in Global Business

15:00 - 15:30   Coffee break

15:30 - 17:30   Corporate workshops 1A / 1B



​​​​​​​Day 2 – Friday, 10 August 2018

09:00 - 09:30   Registration & morning coffee

09:30 - 11:30   Workshops 2 A / 2 B

11:30 - 13:30   Extended lunch break

13:30 - 15:30   Workshops 3 A/ 3 B

15:30 - 15:45   Coffee break

15:45 - 17:15   Closing session:
                            Industry 4.0 in a Global Econonomy - The Way Forward

18:30                Gala dinner & closing ceremony


Conference registration

Futher details and conference registration can be found on the joint IBEC - ICMEM  website.​​​​​​​