(All seminars, Information Systems and Operations Management)
24 September 2012
12pm - 1pm
Venue: The University of Auckland Business School, Room 217, Level 2, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
Host: Dr Ami Peiris
Contact info: +64 9 923 5988
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Presenter: Hendrik Reefke (The University of Auckland Business School)
Delphi studies aim to solicit expert opinions through a series of interrelated questionnaires. The Delphi method is effective for exploring research areas that lack theoretical underpinnings by leveraging the combined knowledge of domain experts.
The introduction of sustainability considerations in supply chain management is a relatively recent development. There is considerable agreement among researchers and practitioners that the impacts of supply chain operations need to be investigated in order to pursue a viable sustainability agenda. Despite this rising awareness, only little research has explored the requirements to successfully pursue sustainable supply chain management. A Delphi study with supply chain experts was conducted in order to explore and propose factors and processes for sustainable supply chain management. In contrast to other applications of the Delphi method, this study leveraged the mechanisms of exploration and controlled feedback in order to design, refine, and validate models of interaction throughout three consecutive rounds.
This seminar illustrates how the Delphi method can be utilised to support design oriented research with emphasis placed on its methodological value. Issues and approaches regarding the design of questionnaires, analysis of results and the use of feedback mechanisms are discussed. The presentation offers advice and recommendations on how to pragmatically and systematically use the Delphi method to support the design of artefacts and maintain validity as well as reliability of results.
Dr Hendrik Reefke holds degrees in Business and Engineering from Germany and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Masters of Commerce in Operations and Supply Chain Management from The University of Auckland. For his doctoral research Hendrik investigated the interaction of sustainability principles and supply chain management and was awarded a place on the Dean’s List.
Hendrik has several years of practical experience in project management and in the automotive sector in Germany. He is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at The University of Auckland Centre for Supply Chain Management and furthermore works as a professional teaching fellow in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management.