POMS conference in Washington, DC, 2019

25 June 2019

In the spirit of collaboration, one of the most effective & efficient ways to shape the edge of one’s knowledge is to share your knowledge and ideas with colleagues in the community. International conferences provide such learning opportunities for researchers in the University of Auckland Business School. In May, the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) held its annual conference, one of the most prestigious international conferences in the Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) field, in Washington, DC. The theme of the conference was Production and Operations Management (POM) in Data-Driven Smart Decision Making Era. Plenary talks included “Volatility and Synergies in Hybrid Energy Systems,” by Professor (Emeritus) Stefan Reichelstein, Stanford University, and “Revolutionizing Health Care with Data Analytics and Operations Management,” by Professor Wallace J. Hopp, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

From the University of Auckland Business School, two members of the Centre for Supply Chain Management attended. Dr Jaeseok Lee presented two papers titled “An Economic Model of Knowledge Outsourcing,” and “Environment and Energy? The Impact of Environmental Management Systems on Energy Efficiency.” Dr Lee also attended a special program for emerging scholars and shared best practices for research and teaching. Although not able to attend himself, one of Dr Timofey Shalpegin’s co-authors presented a paper titled “Optimal Supplier Allocation in Collaborative Product Development with Internal Competition.” Finally, one of our recent Centre alumni, Dr Xiaoyan (Miya) Qian (Assistant Professor, Dongbei University of Finance & Economics, China), also presented her research, which was jointly conducted with Professor Tava Olsen.

Academic collaboration for sharing knowledge and ideas often gets even more active. Before attending the POMS conference, Dr Olsen visited three top business schools (Olin Business School, Washington University in St Louis; Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth University; Questrom School of Business, Boston University) and presented a paper titled “Modeling Contracts and Incentives in Agricultural Cooperative Supply Chains,” which is joint work with Dr Qian.

Reflecting the increasing importance of OSCM in the current dynamic business environment, the POMS conference ended with a record high 2,041 participants registered. Next year, POMS 2020 conference will be held in Minneapolis in April (Thursday 23/4/2020 to Monday 27/4/2020).