Conference Program

Keynote Speakers

KEYNOTE #1: A Chat with NASA Decision Makers

November 19 2022 14:50

“Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Those infamous words, and the immediate actions taken upon their receipt at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control in 1970, demonstrate the importance of critical, informed decision making. Hear from NASA Flight Director Scott Stover and Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, as they share stories and insight on NASA’s space program and decision-making in critical times.

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Scott Stover

Flight Director, NASA

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Mark Vande Hei

NASA Astronaut

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Natalie Simpson

DSI President | SUNY Buffalo

KEYNOTE #2: Christian Thisgaard / Global Vice President, SAP BTP Ecosystem

November 20 2022 10:00

Enterprise Innovation in the Face of Market Volatility

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs. Mr. Thisgaard will share the insights and trends he sees firsthand at SAP and with its global partners. The world is more gloomy and uncertain and there is good reason to worry. If a downturn should happen, however it’s also where new winners tend to emerge. Those winning enterprises saw opportunity more than risk. Mr. Thisgaard will share insights to what enterprises are prioritizing in times of market volatility and what academia can do to help.

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Christian Thisgaard

Global Vice President, SAP BTP Ecosystem

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Xenophon Koufteros

Professor | Texas A&M University


The 2022 DSI Annual Conference is comprised of three days of dynamic programming across the full range of specializations, industries and regions that make up our membership. The conference’s professional development workshops are intended to help attendees become better researchers, teachers, administrators, and practitioners.

Teaching Workshops

Teaching workshops are facilitated by faculty and explore different topics in the decision sciences curriculum.


    In this workshop, we show how we teach the fundamental concepts of an operations management course, including descriptive statistics, time-series analysis, regression and association, visualization, process flow analysis, capacity planning, continuous and periodic ordering quantity, and re-ordering points inside the virtual environment of the Littlefield Technologies web-based simulation game. We will provide the teaching material including the PowerPoint slides and Excel-sheets all developed by using the data of the simulation games. We have learned that implementing operations management concepts in a virtual simulation game helps students to better link the teaching material with real-life applications.


    Ardavan Asef-Aziri | California State University, Northridge


    Professor Jacobs will discuss recently developed games and Excel exercises. Most of the exercises are self-grading. The following topics are covered: trend and seasonal index forecasting, sales and operations planning, inventory planning, locating distribution centers, learning curves, and MRP. Additional interactive classroom exercises relate to sustainability, disaster recovery, and drug pricing/capacity. Professor Jacobs will organize the session with a course syllabus and grading rubric that might typically be used in an online/hybrid OSCM course. The session will feature on-line demonstrations of a few of the exercises, together with an interactive discussion of teaching ideas with participants in the workshop.


    Bob Jacobs | Indiana University


    In this workshop, first, we will provide background information about service learning in business education. Secondly, we will focus on practical steps to integrate service learning into an analytics course (e.g. business analytics, statistics, machine learning, etc.). The last part will be focused on the best practices that will contribute to the professional and personal growth of students and to avoid potential negative experiences for future instructors and students. The authors have been developing and teaching service-learning courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels in non-profit administration, management, and business analytics domains for over 5 years at multiple institutions.


    Gokhan Egilmez and Julie Turner | Lindenwood University


    Business (or Supply Chain) Analytics, that integrates various business disciplines with data analytics, is a game changer in today’s business curricula. Almost everyone seeking a business degree likes to talk about analytics, but nearly none likes coding. This workshop gives a tutorial on how to teach analytics without coding to business audience. It shares teaching modules for problem discovery and problem solving in areas such as competitive intelligence, sourcing analytics, inventory analytics, demand planning and distribution logistics.


    Yao Zhao | Rutgers University


    We present an interactive workshop on teaching negotiations and procurement concepts to undergraduate and graduate students in operations, supply chain and sourcing & procurement classes. The workshop will first focus on the theory and principles of negotiations, how and where they can be incorporated in various courses. Afterward, attendees will be randomly paired to negotiate with their counterparts so that they can experience the entire process from a student’s perspective. We will end with a debrief and a discussion.


    Chirag Surti | Rider University
    Anthony Celani | Sheridan College

Research Workshops

Research workshops explore a given optic in the decision sciences field and how to apply research to solve it.



    Professor Maling Ebrahimpour, University of Rhode Island
    Professor Rohit Verma, Cornell/VIN University
    Professor Gary L. Stading, Texas A&M University


    Rebecca Duray | University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


    Experts in text analytics will describe the potential applications and examples of text analytics in business research.



    Christian Blanco | The Ohio State University


    The purpose of this panel is to tap the perspectives of the editors of the leading journals across several disciplines that are encompassed within the Decision Sciences Institute. Editors will share their perspectives on the current state of research in their disciplines, the publication process in their journals, and future trends and directions.

    Panelists include:

    Tyson Browning, Texas Christian University
    Beth Davis, Auburn University
    Suzanne de Treville, University of Lausanne
    Xen Koufteros, Texas A&M University
    Glenn Richey, Auburn University
    Sri Talluri, Michigan State University
    Wendy Tate, University of Tennessee
    Tinging Yan, Wayne State University


    Xenophon Koufteros | Texas A&M University


    The workshop is divided into , (i) predicting epidemics, (ii) modeling control actions, and (iii) lessons learned from COVID-19. We start by discussing the existing epidemic models classified on methodology, nature of model uncertainty, and factors considered for modeling. Sbsequently, we discuss epidemic control actions that are grouped into the following, (i) lockdown and mobility restrictions, (ii) testing, detection, and isolation of infected individuals, and (iii) vaccination. We indicate the trade-offs (costs versus risks) associated with each policy decision. Finally, we conclude by indicating some of the practical challenges of implementing the policy measures and lessons learned from COVID-19 .


    Ujjal Kumar Mukherjee | University if Illinois, Urbana Champaign


    Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management fields rely on multiple methods; among them, quantitative methods are widespread. Many sources of data are available nowadays concerning sustainability issues such as Bloomberg ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) and SPLC (Supply Chain), Thomson Reuters ESG, CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), Reprisk, and Factset.

    The session aims at increasing the knowledge about the content of these datasets, their use in Sustainable Supply Chain and Operations Management research, and directions for future research. Moreover, methodological aspects on how to avoid pitfalls and shortcomings of such datasets will be discussed.


    Albachiara Boffelli | University of Bergamo


    This professional development workshop will discuss (1) how to conduct a review for an academic journal, and (2) how to respond to reviewer comments. What does a good review and response letter look like? What you should and should not do? The workshop leaders will first discuss how to perform a review and respond to reviewer comments. Then participants will move to small groups and work with members of the Journal of Supply Chain Management’s editorial board to work through a review process and discuss “best practice” in writing up a reviewer report and a response letter.


    John Bell | University of Tennessee
    Wendy Tate | University of Tennessee
    Tingting Yan| Wayne State University


    Organizations today are gathering and storing massive amounts of granular data about their processes and customers, mainly owing to low storage costs. The hope being that firms can identify useful information and extract value through superior analysis. Effective data management and visualization are vital steps to achieve these objectives.This workshop will provide hands-on exposure to conducting data management and visualization activities on extensive real-world datasets in R/RStudio. Data management includes operations such as reading, cleaning, merging datasets and handling missing observations. Data and code files will be shared with the participants before the commencement of the workshop.


    Pradeep Pendem | University of Oregon


Consortiums focus on career considerations for graduate students and professors.


    Who is the Doctoral Consortium for?

    The DSI Doctoral Consortium provides a unique opportunity for current Ph.D. students to learn about the academic job market process and what life is like as a faculty member. Attendees will hear from an esteemed group of junior and senior faculty members who will share experiences and tips for successfully navigating these formative years. Attendees will also have an opportunity to network with fellow Ph.D. students.

    The tentative program will include:

    • Presentations by senior faculty on publication strategies in OM/SCM journals.
    • A session on how to craft an impactful research agenda.
    • A session on teaching tips and tricks and how to effectively engage with students in global settings.
    • A session on “professionalism in academia,” including how to transition from a doctoral student to a full-time faculty, manage competing objectives, manage time and set priorities, and establish relationships with industry and professional organizations.
    • Networking opportunities.

    How and when to apply?

    If you are interested in participating in the DSI 2022 Doctoral consortium, please send an email to: with the subject “2022 DSI Doctoral Consortium application” by September 30th, 2022, including the following documents:

    • A brief statement describing why you would like to participate in the Doctoral Consortium and why you should be selected for participation (less than one page, double spaced).
    • Your current CV.
    • A list of 3-5 questions you would like answered during the event.

    There is no additional cost to attend the Doctoral Consortium, but selected participants must register for the 2022 DSI Annual Meeting to participate in the event. We encourage you to submit abstracts (the deadline is June 15th, 2022) to participate in the conference. The conference abstract differs from the documents you submit for participating in the doctoral consortium. Check the DSI conference website for details.

    Invitation letters will be sent by email by October 15th, 2022.

    Question about the Doctoral Consortium at the 2022 DSI Annual Meeting can be directed to the Doctoral Consortium Coordinator:

    Andrea Patrucco
    Florida International University
    Coordinator: 2022 DSI Doctoral Consortium

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    Individual Choices and Institutional Structures – discussions around clinical professor career trajectories

    DSI will host a Clinical Professor Career Consortium on Saturday, November 19. We define “clinical professor” as someone who is not on the tenure track – this includes those with PhDs not on the tenure track and those without a PhD working within the academic sphere.

    Session 1
    Developing your Career: Pathways and Professional Development

    Moderator: Karen Eboch (Bowling Green State University)
    Panelists: Andrea Prud’homme (Ohio State University), Janet Hartley (Bowling Green State University), Peggy Lee (Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis)

    Clinical faculty have a variety of opportunities for growing their careers including school administration, external outreach, teaching, and research. To highlight the possible paths, a diverse panel will share their experiences and insights. As a group they represent those that have risen to administrative roles such as Associate Dean positions, engaged with industry, directed institutes, served on professional organization boards, and excelled in teaching and research. Following the panelists, we will break into group discussions around these and other paths, along with sharing of resources for developing your professional path.

    Session 2
    Developing your Pedagogy: Resources and Outlets for Innovation

    Moderator: Karen Eboch (Bowling Green State University)
    Panelists: Matt Drake (Duquesne University), Robert ‘Bob’ Stoll (Ashland University)

    Clinical faculty typically have a greater focus on teaching and student engagement. Panelists will share their insights for identifying teaching innovations and practices that can elevate your classrooms, from active learning tools such as cases and exercises to engaging with industry partners for adding more ‘real-world’ experiences. To support your innovations, methods for sharing your successful pedagogy tools will also be discussed. Following the panelists, we will break into smaller groups to further share ideas and best practices to enhance your teaching effectiveness.

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    Who will benefit from attending the Faculty Development Consortium taking place on Saturday, November 19?

    The Faculty Development Consortium is designed to assist tenure-track/tenured faculty plan their career path for the upcoming years. Panels of experienced faculty will share their insight and advice. As the support needed evolves throughout one’s career the consortium is designed to address two groups:(a) Early-career faculty (Assistant professors/less than six years of experience): At this stage faculty are starting to navigate their careers and want to leverage opportunities to build their reputation and enhance their profile for achieving tenure.(b) Mid-career faculty (Associate professors/more than six years of experience): At this stage faculty are presented with new opportunities to enhance their career and contribute to their institutions and the profession.

    The program provides a unique opportunity for new and mid-career faculty to develop their networks and hear form esteemed group of faculty members who will share their experience and insights on building successful academic careers. A tentative schedule of the sessions is as follows:

    12:45 – 1:00 pm

    Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty & Mid-Career (Tenured) Faculty


    1 – 1:45 pm

    Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty

    Developing yourself as an emerging scholar and establishing your research agenda: Dedicated faculty will share their extensive experience and insights on how to transition from the dissertation to developing independent research streams to support your career inspiration.
    Panelists:  Sriram Narayanan (Michigan State University), Aravind Chandrasekaran (Ohio State), Tingting Yan (Wayne State University)

    Mid-Career (Tenured) Faculty

    Establishing yourself as a scholar and exploring new research agendas: Dedicated faculty will share their extensive experience and insights regarding best practices on how to initiate new research streams in order broaden your scholarly engagement in the profession.
    Panelists:  Nezih Altay (DePaul University), Stephan Wagner (ETH Zurich), Wendy Tate (University of Tennessee)

    1:45 – 2:30 pm

    Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty

    Being a good corporate citizen of your institution and the academy:  Dedicated faculty will share their extensive experience and insight to foster informal and candor discussions regarding potential service opportunities and their impact on balancing research as well as pedagogy. How to navigate your institution requirements and avoid early career burnout?
    Panelists:  Jeff Shockley (Virginia Commonwealth University), Kathryn Stecke (University of Texas, Dallas), Sean Handley (University of South Carolina)

    Mid-Career (Tenured) Faculty

    Building a leadership profile at your institution and the academy: Dedicated faculty will share their extensive experience and insight to foster informal and candor discussions regarding potential career paths including opportunities and challenges of taking on new roles as administrators, journal editors/area editors, and leadership in professional organizations while continuing to develop their research and pedagogical agendas.
    Panelists:  Mark Ferguson (University of South Carolina), Chuck Munson (Washington State), Janet Hartley (Bowling Green State University)

    2:30 – 2:50 pm


    2:50 – 3:40 pm

    Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty & Mid-Career (Tenured) Faculty

    Future of higher education: Higher education has been destined for major changes for a long time. Although, many took place during the last decade, the recent pandemic will trigger a significant impact on the shape of its future. Leaders from various schools will share their insight and vision of upcoming changes.
    Panelists:  Rohit Verma (VinUni and Cornell University), Paul Pavlou (University of Houston), Gyula Vastag (Szechenyi University)

    3:45 – 4:15 pm

    Round Table 1: TBD based on questions submitted

    4:20 – 4:50 pm

    Round Table 2: TBD based on questions submitted

    4:50 – 5 pm



    How/When to Apply?

    To be considered for participation in the FDC, please send an e-mail to

    Your email should be received by November 1, 2022 and you should:

    1. Attach your current CV.
      2. List 2-4 questions that you would like answered in order to advance your professional career.

    Note: Participation in the FDC is limited, applications received after October 1, 2022 will receive consideration on a space-available basis. There is no additional cost to attend the Consortium, but selected participants must register for the 2022 DSI Annual Meeting to participate in the event.

    Questions about the FDC at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute can be directed to the Faculty Development Consortium Coordinators:

    Amit Eynan
    Robins School of Business
    University of Richmond
    Sachin B. Modi
    Mike Ilitch School of Business
    Wayne State University


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