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Teaching & Research Tracks And Chairs

Teaching Tracks

  • INNOVATIVE EDUCATION

    The art and science of teaching and learning in decision sciences disciplines across all delivery modes. Key areas of interest include quantitative, technology-based and behavioral research, as well as practice, conceptual ideas and empirical findings related to teaching and learning decision sciences.

    Chair:  Pedro Reyes (Baylor University) – pedro_reyes@baylor.edu

  • CURRICULUM, ASSESSMENT AND INCLUSIVE TEACHING

    Includes innovative curriculum, assessment, and/or inclusive teaching in the decision sciences. Any appropriate research methodologies are acceptable including experiments, case studies, observations, surveys, etc.

    Chair:  Qiannong (Chan) Gu (Ball State University) – qgu@bsu.edu

Research Tracks

  • ACCOUNTING

    Invites interdisciplinary and innovative research spanning the boundaries between operations management, decision science, and accounting.

    Chair:  Khaled K. Abdou (Penn State University, Berks Campus) – kka1@psu.edu

  • BUSINESS ANALYTICS

    Brings together practitioners and academics to share cutting-edge research and applications in the area of big data and advanced analytics, and aims to show how organizations can use descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics to stay competitive in today’s data-driven world.

    Chairs: Pradeep Pendem (University of Oregon) – pradeepp@uoregon.edu
    Ujjal Mukherjee (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) – ukm@illinois.edu

  • CYBER SECURITY AND SYSTEM RESILIENCY

    Focuses on technical, managerial, organizational, and societal research into information privacy and security challenges in a social, mobile, cloud, IoT (Internet of Things), “big data” context, in an increasingly active internal and external global threat environment.

    Chair:  Steven Melnyk (Michigan State University) – Melnyk@broad.msu.edu

  • DECISION SCIENCES IN PRACTICE

    Focuses on three aspects of practice driven research: to showcase examples for successful research collaborations between industry and academia; to highlight strategies for initiating such collaborative research; to discuss experiences in translating these collaborations into papers at top journals.

    Chairs:  Joe Sarkis (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) – jsarkis@wpi.edu
    Qingyun Zhu (University of Alabama-Huntsville) – qz0007@uah.edu

  • DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

    DEI has become a pivotal and transformational element in the corporate world as well as within the society. At its core, DEI involves decisions by firms that impact people (especially under-served and underrepresented groups). This track welcomes research that aims to explore and understand how DEI interacts with various elements of decision-making. We invite submissions that will enhance our understanding of DEI through the lens of decision sciences, by answering questions such as, but not limited to:  Do diverse workplaces have an operational advantage? How can an organization utilize diverse workforce to unlock hidden/untapped value? Does a focus on equity alter a firm’s operational decision making? What decisions have a positive influence on a firm’s DEI performance?

    Chair: Priyank Arora (University of South Carolina) – priyank.arora@moore.sc.edu 

  • DOCTORAL RESEARCH SHOWCASE

    Highlights future scholars by showcasing their doctoral research. This track is exclusively for doctoral student papers that are in advanced stages of conceptualization, with the objective of the showcase to receive mentoring and feedback on these papers.

    Chair: Funda Sahin (University of Houston) – fsahin@bauer.uh.edu

  • EMERGING ECONOMIES SHOWCASE

    Intended to provide mentorship and constructive feedback to researchers from emerging markets for development purposes.

    Chair:  Anant Mishra (University of Minnesota) – mish0049@umn.edu

  • FINANCE AND ECONOMICS

    Focuses on cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the nexus of finance, economics, and decision sciences.

    Chair:  Sukesh Patro (Grand Valley State University) – patros@gvsu.edu

  • GIG ECONOMY AND SOCIAL MEDIA RESEARCH

    The gig economy has emerged based on leveraging the Internet and mobile services. Emergence of platforms to facilitate new modes of interactions in many supply chains has provided suppliers, providers, and consumers new opportunities for enabling last mile delivery and crowdsourcing of innovation, supply, or funds, among others. Additionally, social technologies are facilitating new ways of interactions between individuals and firms that can leverage AI and big data analytics to analyze user-generated content. It is changing the landscape of competition and operation in supply chains, online retailing, and healthcare, notwithstanding the future of the modality of work in several sectors. The Gig Economy and Social Media Research track invites papers related to addressing challenges and opportunities for stakeholders in these data rich environments.

    Chair: Rakesh Mallipeddi (Tulane University) – rmallipeddi@tulane.edu 

  • HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

    Focuses on research examining concepts, strategies, processes, methods, and practices that enable healthcare organizations to increase their performance on several performance dimensions, including improving access to care, patient experiences and the quality of care, improving population health and social determinants, and reducing the cost of healthcare.

    Chair:  David Dreyfus (Rutgers University) – ddreyfus@business.rutgers.edu

  • HUMANITARIAN OPERATIONS AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT

    Focuses on studies that exemplify good practices and recent improvements in the domain of the disaster response, as well as projects geared towards achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Chair:  Iana Shaheen (University of Arkansas) – ishaheen@walton.uark.edu

  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY/INFORMATION SYSTEMS

    Focuses on the organization, development, strategy, and leadership of digital innovations and artificially intelligent technologies. Includes research that synthesizes conceptual frameworks integrating information systems, operations management, economics, innovation, and strategy to establish the role and value of IT and artificial intelligence (AI) in realizing business value.

    Chairs:  Emre Demirezen (University of Florida) – Emre.Demirezen@warrington.ufl.edu
    Anurag Garg (University of Florida) – Anurag.Garg@warrington.ufl.edu

  • INNOVATION AND NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

    Focuses on novel research and practice dealing with people, processes, systems, and technologies related to driving innovation performance and product development success in firms.

    Chairs:  Morvarid Rahmani (Georgia Institute of Technology) – morvarid.rahmani@scheller.gatech.edu
    Param Pal Singh Chhabra (University of Alberta) – param.chhabra@ualberta.ca

  • LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

    Focuses on contemporary research topics in logistics and transportation. Includes presentations that advance knowledge and theory in transportation, inventory management, distribution and fulfillment, network design and other related areas. This track welcomes papers based on all types of methodologies.

    Chair:  Yemisi Bolumole (University of Tennessee) – bolumole@utk.edu

  • MANUFACTURING MANAGEMENT

    Focuses on contemporary research topics in production and manufacturing. The track welcomes a broad range of research methods (e.g., analytical, empirical, theory development) that examine issues in production and manufacturing.

    Chair:  Tolga Aydinliyim (Baruch College, CUNY) – Tolga.Aydinliyim@baruch.cuny.edu

  • MARKETING AND CONSUMER BEHAVIOR

    Focuses on research papers that provide insights into how effective branding can help firms weather uncertainty better and engage with consumers in more effective ways.

    Chairs:  Monir Jalili (Bentley University) – mjalili@bentley.edu
    Arunima Chhikara (University of Kansas) – arunima@ku.edu

  • ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

    Focus is on a broad range of scholarly contributions (e.g., qualitative and quantitative empirical research, theory development, applied research, etc.) that are dedicated to better understanding the roles of individual, group and organizational dynamics in shaping organizational outcomes and how organizations can be more effective through managing human resources.

    Chair:  Elliot Bendoly (The Ohio State University) – bendoly.2@osu.edu

  • PROCUREMENT AND SOURCING

    Designed to facilitate presentations that advance knowledge and theory of practices evolving in the field of purchasing and supply management.

    Chair:  Keith Skowronski (University of South Carolina) – keith.skowronski@moore.sc.edu

  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    Represents the art and science of accomplishment, whether it be through single projects, programs, or portfolios.  Essential research will examine techniques and processes that assist in the completion of projects, plus investigate social and behavioral issues that impact individual careers, team performance, organizational success, and societal benefits.

    Chairs:  Hossein Rikhtehgar Berenji (Pacific University) – hossein@pacificu.edu
    Balaji Janamanchi (Texas A&M International University) – bjanamanchi@tamiu.edu

  • PUBLIC POLICY AND BUSINESS DECISION MAKING INTERFACES

    This track invites papers that illustrate the use of decision sciences techniques in the public domain business decision making process. Topics can include government procurement policies and strategies, service delivery to constituents, location of government service facilities, government policy that influences business decisions and/or enhances business competitiveness, and technology deployments, among others. Submissions can be theoretical or empirical and any appropriate research methodologies are acceptable including mathematical models. simulations, case studies, observations, etc.

    Chair: Michael Gravier (Bryant University) – mgravier@bryant.edu 

  • QUALITY MANAGEMENT AND LEAN OPERATIONS

    Focuses on demonstrating how pursuing lean and quality helps firms achieve superior operational, environmental, market and financial performance. Specifically, the research should be based on data from sources including but not limited to case studies, primary survey or experimental data, secondary/archival data and simulation.

    Chair:  Gopesh Anand (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) – gopesh@illinois.edu

  • SERVICE SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS

    Focused on leading edge research that enhances the understanding of services such as studies about strategy formulation, process design, improvement strategies, and service delivery mechanisms.

    Chair:  Eren Cil (University of Oregon) – erencil@uoregon.edu

  • STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

    Focuses on the formulation and implementation of strategy in all types of organizations as well as strategic dynamics in the marketplace. Submissions in the various areas of strategy literature, such as new venture strategy, innovation strategy, behavioral strategy, value creation, micro-level dynamics, planning routines, cognition, business models, data-driven strategy, etc. are also encouraged.

    Chair:  James Van Scotter II (University of Colorado – Colorado Springs) jvanscot@uccs.edu

  • SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

    Concerned with all aspects of the design, operation, and improvement of supply chains.

    Chairs:  Manpreet Hora (Georgia Institute of Technology) – manpreet.hora@scheller.gatech.edu
    Shubhobrata Palit (ESADE) – shubhobrata.palit@esade.edu

  • SUPPLY CHAIN RISK AND RESILIENCY

    While the importance of supply chain risk management has been undisputed, the COVID-19 pandemic put supply chain risk management to the test. Even those companies seemingly well prepared struggled with the worldwide emergency and how to move forward. Unprecedented events like these have the ability to uncover weaknesses, and while addressing them can be a challenge, they can also serve as an opportunity to develop more resilient and robust supply chains. This track seeks submissions that focus on risk and resiliency in our current environment. Illustrative topics include, but are not limited to qualitative and quantitative supply chain models aimed at managing risk dynamics and disruptions, best practices and lessons learned from experiences made during the pandemic, strategies for navigating the “new normal,” leveraging technology and intelligence to better manage risks, or supply chain redesigns triggered by the experiences made.

    Chair: Hakan Yldiz (Wayne State University) – hakan@wayne.edu 

  • SUSTAINABILITY AND CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBIITY

    Focuses on work that investigates (i) novel production and sourcing practices that elevate health and safety, reduce waste and pollution or even regenerate the natural environment, (ii) challenges and intended/unintended effects of implementing sustainable practices on firms and their supply networks, (iii) how organizations include social and environmental criteria in their strategic, tactical and operational decision making, and (iv) what contingencies at both firm and supply chain levels affect the willingness and ability of organizations to achieve progressively higher environmental and social performance over time.

    Chairs:  Christian Blanco (The Ohio State University) – blanco.58@osu.edu
    Amrou Awaysheh (Indiana University) – awaysheh@iu.edu