Keynote Speakers


Saturday, November 21 – 9 am PST

Reimagining Business with AI

Sudhi Ranjan Sinha



The 2020 DSI Annual Conference Program Team is proud to announce Sudhi Ranjan Sinha, a business and technology leader, as one of the keynotes for the November conference. His keynote, titled “Reimagining Business with AI,” fits well into the conference theme of Decision Sciences in the Age of Connectivity.

Sinha shares the following regarding his presentation:“We live in the algorithmic age today where AI impacts nearly all aspects of our lives and work. AI has existed as a discipline for more than 60 years. Its recent rejuvenation is driven by the advances in digital capabilities around IoT, big data management, cloud computing, and communication technologies. As per a recent McKinsey study, by the end of 2030, the impact of AI is expected to be about $13 trillion with over 70% of companies impacted by AI. While AI brings a lot of new possibilities, it also brings new problems because businesses have to now reinvent themselves in this new world order. The keynote address will explore this topic and its implications for academia.”Topics to be covered in the keynote address:

  1.  Dawn of the algorithmic age
  2. Reimagining businesses with AI and digital technologies
  3. The evolving intelligent society
  4. The emerging research challenges
  5. Renewed role of academia in lifelong learning in decision sciences

Sudhi is a business and technology leader with over 22 years of experience. He presently serves on the Boards of several digital start-ups. Previously he was the VP and GM of Digital Solutions for Johnson Controls (JCI) building new data-enabled businesses. Prior to working for JCI, Sudhi spent 11 years with Tata Consultancy Services in various leadership roles. Sudhi has several granted and pending patents in smart building technologies and has published two books on big data and IoT. Sudhi has worked in the US, Europe, and Asia; he currently lives in Mumbai, India and holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Jadavpur University, India.


Sunday, November 22 – 9 am PST
Business Schools in Transition:  Perspectives from AACSB

Caryn Beck-Dudley
Int. President & CEO, AACSB


Business schools continue to operate in turbulent times. Issues such as COVID-19, rapid technological change, the challenges of globalization, and questions of opportunity, inclusion, and societal impact shape not only the business landscape but how business schools respond in preparing the workforce and leaders of tomorrow. AACSB International provides guidance to business schools as they strive to offer innovative and impactful programming that engages students, faculty, and the business community. AACSB International President and CEO, Caryn Beck-Dudley, will share her perspectives on where business education is, where it is headed, and the role of accreditation in raising the bar and positioning for the future.

About Caryn Beck-Dudley

Caryn Beck-Dudley became AACSB’s new president and CEO in June 2020.  She most recently served as the seventh dean of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. Beck-Dudley also served as dean at the College of Business at Florida State University and at the John M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Before her academic career, she was an attorney working in commercial and corporate law. In addition to teaching business law, employment law, and business ethics, she has made many public presentations to large and small audiences on a variety of leadership and legal/ethical topics. Her work is published in several journals, including the American Business Law Journal, where she served on the editorial board.

Beck-Dudley served two previous terms on the AACSB board of directors, and served as the 2018-19 board chair. She is currently the immediate past chair of AACSB. She interacts frequently with Silicon Valley companies and works with leaders in reimagining how higher education can serve the workforce needs of the future.



Sunday, November 22 – 1:30 pm PST
Training with Virtual Reality Technology (VR): Improving and Predicting Workplace Behaviors

Dr. Michael Casale
Chief Science Officer at Strivr

The last 10 years have seen a proliferation of Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, making it readily adaptable to a variety of remote and decentralized training and learning applications. Given the real world simulation capability of VR experience, it’s no surprise that companies from all over the Fortune 500 space have adopted VR and AR training for a variety of applications. In this talk Dr. Casale will describe the work of STRIVR with several fortune 500 organizations, specifically focusing on the novel data and analytics that have emerged from these workplace applications. These VR and AR technologies offer new and insightful window into workplace behaviors that can be used to better evaluate current workplace best practices as well as help predict future ROI.

About Dr. Casale
Compelled by all things brain and behavior, I have focused my career on the science of the mind. From PhD work in the cognitive neurosciences to more applied research in healthcare and marketing, my applied quantitative background can turn insight into action. I’ve applied my years of behavioral expertise to a variety of domains, including optimizing work and home environments for motivation and learning, understanding the behavior of consumer adoption, or bridging the gap between people and technology.

About Strivr
STRIVR’s product is grounded in the science of VR and the numerous studies that have been done that prove VR to be a useful and powerful tool for learning and development.


Sunday, November 22 – 10:15 am PST
State of Academia in Business Schools

Moderator:  Wendy Tate (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Panelists:    Sanjay Gupta (Michigan State University)
                     Manoj Malhotra (Case Western Reserve University)
                     Amy Hillman (Arizona State University)
                    Bruce Behn (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
                     Paul Pavlov (University of Houston)

An invited panel session titled: “State of Academia in Business Schools” will be offered Sunday, November 22. This panel features Deans Sanjay Gupta, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University; Manoj Malhotra, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University; Amy Hillman, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University; Bruce Behn, Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and Paul Pavlou, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. Moderated by Wendy Tate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and 2020 Program Chair of Professional Development, this session will feature impacts of the pandemic on the decision sciences community, insights into the coming year, and challenges/opportunities anticipated.