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Service & Leadership


  • State of Academia in Business Schools

    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 Pavlov, Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. Moderated by Wendy Tate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and 2020 Program Chair of Professional Development, this session features impacts of the pandemic on the decision sciences community, insights into the coming year, and challenges/opportunities anticipated.


    Authors: Wendy Tate, Sanjay Gupta, Manoj Malhotra, Amy Hillman, Stephen Mangum, Bruce Behn, Paul Pavlov

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  • Commitment to Inclusive Excellence – A University President’s Perspective

    This interactive session focuses on University of Houston System Chancellor and President Renu Khator’s perspective to creating an imperative for inclusive excellence in higher education in a post-COVID environment. Underlying issues will touch upon creating an environment that fosters equity, inclusion, and sustainability. The discourse addresses on emergent decision making opportunities in private and public sector settings.

    Moderator is Dean Paul Pavlou, University of Houston


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  • A Dean’s Perspective on the Future of Faculty Work in a Resilient and Global World
    Prof. Maling Ebrahimpour, Prof. Rohit Verma and Prof. Gary L. Stading share their insights at the 2022 DSI Annual Conference.
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  • Paradigms for Women Leaders in Operations Management: Challenges of Implicit Bias in Gender and Race and What to do About it

    This panel examines how implicit bias adversely influences the development of women leaders in operations management (OM) and what interventions are needed. Over the past several years, we have led related sessions and open discourse at DSI and POMS describing the fact that OM management loses female talent along their career ladder. Specifically, we provided data showing that female assistant professors, in contrast their male counterparts, woefully lag reaching higher echelons of the rank of full professor and other leadership positions in academia. The situation is even more dire for women of color. Moving forward toward mitigating this situation, our panel will explore one underlying mechanism that is less not well-understood in our field: the role of implicit (or unconscious bias) as an impediment to advancing OM women leaders. We will begin session by defining implicit bias and how it is generally assessed in research and practice. Next, we describe how it touches women in academia, with an emphasis on the operations, supply chain and management science community. It has been shown to affect career decisions made about women faculty over phases of their academic careers from acceptance into the doctoral program to recruitment to retention and to promotion. It may also play a role in their assigned teaching loads and number of distinct course preparations, their administrative and service assignments and access to research funding. Moreover, women faculty also may also face implicit bias in the classroom (e.g., course rating) and in professional societies. We conclude with a discussion that leads to interventions that address the bias and capture from the audience their concerns and perceived threats.


    Authors: Funda Sahin, Aleda Roth

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  • Meet the DSI Fellows

    An opportunity to get to know some of DSI’s Fellows, old and new. They each tell the story of their career and relationship with DSI over the years.

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