DSJ Mini-Conference hosted by DSI at the University of Houston

DSI is excited to announce the inaugural DSJ Mini-Conference hosted by DSI at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston February 10-11, 2023. Dr. Funda Sahin is the Program Chair. Decision Sciences Institute, C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, Texas A&M University, and Michigan State University are the current sponsors of this event.  Additional sponsorships are welcome.

This journal specific conference is a developmental one. There will be presentations from world class scholars on a variety of topics and methodologies. The highlight of the conference is the three panel sessions from very high-level practitioners. Our panel includes Jeff Miller (CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board – Halliburton) as well as Gregg Roden (EVP & Chief Operating Officer – PepsiCo) among many other executives.

As of January 1, 2020 we require that authors motivate (and document) their work via direct interactions with relevant constituents. We also ask authors to seek insight from relevant constituents upon completion of their data analysis. Consequently, we will be hearing from two practitioner panels directly (Please see the first page of the attachment); one will focus on energy (such as from Halliburton, Lyondell, Shell amongst others) and the other will be more general (with participation from Applied Materials, Bechtel, Daikin/Goodman Global Group, Foxconn, Pepsico, and Tyson Foods). The third session will include short presentations from practitioners with defined problems that need attention by academia. This session will have a breakout session structure and the idea is to develop opportunities for collaboration between industry and academia; we strongly encourage doctoral students to attend this session.

Registration Fees

Faculty Members – $125 (Limited to first 80)

Student Members – $25 (Limited to first 20)

No refunds after Jan. 10, 2023
Restricted to DSI Members Only (Join DSI here)

Host Hotel - Hilton University of Houston

Special rates are available at $189 per night.
Deadline to reserve a room at the discounted rate is January 13, 2023

Hilton University of Houston
4450 University Dr, Houston, TX 77204


Draft Agenda

Friday, Feb. 10: 1:30 - 1:45 pm

Welcome & Opening Remarks
VP Publications, Funda Sahin
DSJ Editors, Xenophon Koufteros & Sri Talluri
DSI President/Executive Director, Natalie Simpson & Vivian Landrum

Friday, Feb. 10: 1:45 - 3:00 pm

Hear from Executives in the Oil & Gas Industry

Ramanan Krishnamoorthy, UH VP of Energy & Innovation, Moderator
Scott Campbell, Lyondell, Vice President of Supply Chain Americas
Jeff Miller, Halliburton, CEO, President, and Chairman of the Board
Brandi Rauch, Shell, GM Supply Chain for Global Onshore Shales & US Supplier Diversity Program Manager
Edgar Rincon, CITGO, COO and Executive Vice President


Friday, Feb. 10: 3:15 - 4:25 pm

Hear from Executives Across Industries

Xenophon Koufteros, Dir. SC Consortium – Texas A&M, Moderator
David Hammerle, President – Bechtel Equipment Operations, Inc
Jeff Lough, Senior Vice President Distribution – Tyson Foods
Troy Mills, Vice President Supply Chain – Applied Materials
Ashin Parikh, Senior Vice President Global Procurement – Frito-Lay

Friday, Feb. 10; 4:40 - 5:40 pm

Discuss Detailed Research Opportunities with Practitioners

Room 1: Oil & Gas Industry – Funda Sahin, University of Houston, Moderator
Room 2: Other Industries – Xenophon Koufteros, Texas A&M, Moderator

Friday, Feb. 10: 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Transportation to Dinner at Fogo de Chao.

Saturday, Feb. 11: 8:00 - 8:30 am

Hosted Breakfast

Saturday, Feb. 11: 8:30 - 9:30 am

Session 1 – Dean’s Panel

Sri Talluri, Michigan State University, Moderator
Richard Metters, Mays Business School – Texas A&M University
Paul Pavlou, Bauer College of Business – University of Houston
Hettie Richardson, Neeley School of Business – TCU
Matthew Waller, Sam M. Walton College of Business – University of Arkansas

Saturday, Feb. 11: 9:40 - 10:35 am

Session 2 – Developments in Empirical Methodologies, Cutting Edge Tools

George Marcoulides, Texas A&M University

Saturday, Feb. 11: 10:35 - 11:20 am

Session 3 – Hierarchical and Mixed Leadership Games for Dynamic Supply Chains: Application to Cost Learning and Co-Operative Advertising

Suresh Sethi, UT Dallas

Saturday, Feb. 11: 11:35 am - 12:35 pm

Lunch – Keynote Address:  Supply Chain Resiliency and the Need for Stress-Tests

David Simchi-Levi (MIT)

Saturday, Feb. 11: 12:35 - 1:30 pm

Session 4 – Emerging Business Analytics and Disruptive Technologies Related Issues in OM-IS Interface

Subodha Kumar, Temple University

Saturday, Feb. 11: 1:45 - 3:15 pm

Session 5: Operations Management Research in Energy – New Frontiers

Nur Sunar, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler
Nicola Secomandi, Rice University & Carnegie Mellon University
Selvaprabu Nadarajah, University of Illinois at Chicago
Wedad Elmaghraby, University of Maryland

Saturday, Feb. 11: 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Session 6 – Ranting and Reviewing! 

Michael Ketzenberg, Texas A&M University

Saturday, Feb. 11: 4:30 - 5:00 pm

Session 7 – AI-Driven Decision Sciences

Meng Li, University of Houston

Saturday, Feb. 11: 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks & Adjourn

Xen Koufteros, Funda Sahin, Sri Talluri