KEYNOTE #1: Nada R. Sanders

AI and the Future of Business Research

The digital transformation under way for several decades was merely the predicate for the AI revolution catalyzed by the global pandemic. AI is now referred to as society’s “Promethean moment.” It represents such a disruptive change that it is not sufficient to change any one thing – but requires us to change everything. We have to change how we create, how we compete, how we work, learn, collaborate, and look at problems and solutions in a very different way. Organizations have changed, work has changed, and the global operating environment has changed. So too the study of businesses and their operations must change. But how and what should we do? Based on latest research involving CEO interviews we look at how the study of business problems should evolve and what researchers need to do now.


Dr. Nada R. Sanders
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management
Northeastern University

Dr. Sanders is an internationally recognized thought leader and expert on forecasting, global supply chains, risk and resilience, and human-technology integration. She holds a PhD in Operations Management from The Ohio State University and is the Distinguished Professor at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. Throughout her career Nada has successfully held a range of leadership roles in both academic and professional organizations, is an award winning scholar, has served on numerous executive boards, and is a frequently called upon keynote speaker. She has consulted with leading organizations, including Amazon, Dell, Kinaxis, Lego, and many others.

She is author of seven books, including The Humachine: Humankind, Machines, and the Future of Enterprise, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2024), is highly published in leading scholarly journals, including, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Production and Operations Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, and was ranked as World’s Top 2% of Scientist by Stanford Study.

She is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute, has served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), and is Past-President of the Production Operations Management Society (POMS), an organization that in 2020 created an award in her name for her contribution. She is a frequent keynote speaker, has consulted with numerous Fortune 100 companies, and serves on the Board of Economic Advisors of the Association of Industries of Massachusetts (AIM).  

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Nada R. Sanders

Northeastern University