The mission of The International Foundation for Production Research (IFPR) is
to encourage communication among researchers of production systems and processes
around the world, especially by its continuing support of the International
Conference on Production Research.
What is Production? Production is defined as the creation of goods and services.
Production research topics that have been addressed by ICPR participants over the
last three decades.
Interest in production research intensified in the 1960s. Professor Norman Dudley,
former Head of the Production Engineering Department at The University of Birmingham
in England, founded the International Journal for Production Research. The first
issue of IJPR was published in November 1961 by Taylor and Francis. The journal grew,
but Editor Dudley struggled to locate appropriate manuscripts for his fledgling journal.
He and the faculty at the University of Birmingham decided that a conference was needed
to attract more manuscripts for the journal. The first International Conference on
Production Research, ICPR was founded as a result.
The first conference was held in Birmingham in August 1971. It was such a success that
Professor C. H. Gudnason agreed to host the second conference in Denmark in 1973. His
conference was the beginning of the series of conferences held around the world in
August every other year. Conference organizers from around the world have felt the
conferences sufficiently important to invest the time, effort and money required to
run a successful international meeting.
In addition to the long term relationship between IFPR and the International Journal of
Production Research, articles from recent ICPR meetings have also been published in the
International Journal of Production Economics, in cooperation with its editor, Professor
Robert W. Grubbsrom from Linkoping Institute of Technology, Sweden. ICPR conference
Chairs have usually edited the proceedings from these conferences, although a variety of
publishers have been utilized over the years. Details of these conferences can be seen in
the following Figure below.
IFPR began awarding the honor of IFPR Fellow at the ICPR-14 in Osaka, Japan. The current
IFPR Fellows are H-J. Bullinger (Germany), T. Ichimura (Japan), M. Li (China), J.M. Moore*
(USA), C. O'Brien (UK), V. Orpana (Finland), N. Tawara (Japan), E.M. Dar-El* (Israel), and
A. Villa (Italy).
Over the last decade, with ever increasing proliferation and interest in production research,
regional meetings of IFPR have also been organized during the off years.