Faculty Research Areas
Supply Chain Management Special Interest Group
Research in this area views the optimal management of the supply chain as a source of sustained competitive advantage. Modeling-oriented research focuses on developing decision support systems that can capture and optimize the real-world constraints influencing supply chain performance. Empirically oriented research focuses on explaining what characteristics drive optimal supply chain performance. Both frameworks rely on combining theoretical course work and close interaction with industry to ensure the applicability of the research. Some topics of particular interest and current research activity include:
- International Supply Chain Optimization—determining optimal supply chain structures for globally dispersed supply chains.
- Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Configuration Strategies—developing supply chain strategies and operational choices that create competitive advantage in both manufacturing and services.
- Inventory Policies for Multi-company Supply Chains—explicitly modeling the cost differences between the various supply chain participants
- Mapping the Information Supply Chain—recognizing and modeling the difference between product and information supply chains
- Planning for Multi-generation Products—developing pricing, capacity, and production plans that consider the interactions between product generations.
- Web-based Business-to-Business Ordering—examining the efficiency gains from moving industrial customers to internet-based ordering.
- Demand driven supply chains – where real-time demand information and inventory visibility were once impossible dreams, examining how web-based technologies can now be used to improve forecasting, planning, and managing customer relationships.
Technology Management & Organizational Change Interest Group
Research in this area views technology as a strategic variable for improving the performance of products, services, and cross-functional business processes. It recognizes that both the development and implementation of new technology is often accompanied by organizational change. Rigorous study is theory-based and may draw upon different economic and organizational literatures. It includes careful attention to operational and strategic choices during the design process and the management and measurement of resulting performance improvement. Some topics of particular interest and current research activity include:
- Development of Information Products and Services – new management and organizational principles
- Development and Delivery of IT-Based Services – an important source of growth in many industries
- Productivity Improvement through Process Innovation – emphasis on performance measurement linked to technological innovation in business processes
- Extended (i.e. largely outsourced) Product Development Processes – empirical and analytical models of integration economics; linkages between technology development and supply chain management
- Strategic Technology Management and Organizational Learning- simultaneous experimentation with new products, processes and organizational forms
- Technology Implementation – the successful adoption and adaptation of advanced product and process technologies.