• Supply Chain Research Forum

    Supply Chain Challenges: Practical Insights from Emerging Academic Research

    Friday, May 27 –  Saturday, May 28, 2022 (Virtual Format)

    Supply Chain Challenges: Practical Insights from Emerging Academic Research is an annual research forum for invited Canadian-based academic researchers to present emerging research findings relevant to solving business challenges firms encounter in designing, optimizing, and sustaining their supply chains. The 2022 forum will be delivered in a virtual format.

    The forum is an initiative of the George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains and the Operations Management & Information Systems Area of the Schulich School of Business, in partnership with Supply Chain Canada.

    Agenda

    Friday, May 27, 2022 
    1:00 – 1:15 pm (EDT) – Opening Remarks
    1:15 – 6:00 pm – Ph.D. Presentations
    6:00 – 7:00 pm – Welcome Reception & Networking Mixer

    Saturday, May 28, 2022 
    8:45 – 9:00 am – Opening Remarks
    9:00 – 5:00 pm – Presentations
    5:00 – 6:00 pm – Closing Reception

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    Registration is open to academics from Canadian institutions interested in Supply Chain management as well as invited guests. Registration is subject to approval, pending available space.

    Agenda:

  • Friday, May 27. 2022 - PH.D. Presentations Friday, May 27. 2022 - PH.D. Presentations
    1:00-1:15 pm (EDT) Opening Remarks
    1:15-2:15 pm William Diebel, Ivey Business School, Western University.

    Presentation: “Voluntary Environmental Disclosure in a Global Manufacturing Supply Network.”

    2:30-3:30 pm Sonia Bagherirad, Schulich School of Business, York University,

    Presentation: “Supply-demand matching: Motivating ride-hailing platform drivers to relocate to surge zones.”

    3:45-4:45 pm Hongmei Sun, York University,

    Presentation: “Mitigating drug shortages: should hospitals use their own drug manufacturer?”

    5:00-6:00 pm Qi Wang, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria,

    Presentation: “Tension Between Standardization and Customization in Healthcare: The Moderating Role of Vital Signs Monitoring.”

    6:00-7:00 pm Welcome Reception & Networking Mixer

     

    Saturday, May 28, 2022 Saturday, May 28, 2022
    8:45-9:00 am (EDT) Opening Remarks
    9:00-10:00 am Sajad Fayezi, Memorial University

    Presentation: “Sustainability Transitions and Political Tensions in Global Supply Chains”

    10:15-11:15 am Isik Bicer, Schulich School of Business, York University

    Presentation: “Unlocking the potential of digital transformation with digital due diligence and uncertainty modeling.”

    11:30-12:30 pm Prashant Chintapalli, Ivey Business School, Western University

    Presentation: “Combating supply disruptions through product modularity and reverse logistics.”

    12:30-1:30 pm Lunch
    1:30-2:30 pm Yossiri Adulyasak, HEC Montréal

    Presentation: “Supply chain AI/Analytics in the new normal.”

    2:45-3:45 pm Feyza Sahinyazan, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

    Presentation: “Reinforcing Schooling Access for Refugees Children”

    4:00-5:00 pm Sarah Zheng, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

    Presentation: “When Is Standardization Most Beneficial for Reducing Medical Errors? The Moderating Role of Operational Failures.”

    5:00-6:00 pm Closing Reception

2022 Speakers:

M. Johnny Rungtusanatham, Schulich School of Business, York University (Host & Moderator)

Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management (Tier 1); Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems;

Bio:

M. Rungtusanatham is Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University; a 2017 Fellow inductee of the Decision Sciences Institute; a 2015 Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award also from the Decision Sciences Institute. He is considered as one of the top-50 authors of research in supply chain management, according to Supply Chain Management: An International Journal (in 2019), and a top “individual researchers with greatest overall contribution to the field of Operations Management,” according to International Journal of Production Research (in 2015). His research is supported by grants totaling more than US$295,000 and CAD$1,400,000, with his 50+ publications related to quality management, mass customization, and supply chain disruptions and relationships having appeared in top academic and business journals. His current research focuses on supply chain disruptions – their attributes, triggering events, performance consequences, and mitigation. Rungtusanatham has also co-authored two introductory operations management textbooks and five teaching cases. He has received teaching excellence recognition and awards from four different academic institutions worldwide. He is past President of the Decision Sciences Institute and previously served as its Interim Executive Director.

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Yossiri Adulyasak, HEC Montréal

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Analytics

Presentation: "Supply chain AI/Analytics in the new normal."

In this talk, we present supply chain applications which leverage AI/analytics-based approaches in dealing with uncertainty and disruptions. We discuss how such approaches can help the decision maker in dealing with unpredictable disruptive events through risk mitigation plans and recovery actions.

Presenter Bio:

Yossiri Adulyasak is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Analytics and an associate professor at HEC Montréal. His research has been published in top-tier journals and conferences in Operations Research (OR), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Yossiri currently serves as an associate editor of INFORMS Journal on Computing. He is a co-inventor of five US patent applications in the areas of prescriptive analytics and supply chain analytics. Yossiri is also a scientific advisor on multiple industrial projects in collaboration with large Canadian and international companies.

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Isik Bicer, Schulich School of Business, York University

Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems

Presentation: "Unlocking the potential of digital transformation with digital due diligence and uncertainty modeling."

Although digital transformation is alluring for senior executives who seek lofty growth rates and operating profits, companies’ attempts to transform their businesses often end with unsatisfactory results. There is no magic formula for success. Companies that exercise digital due diligence and uncertainty modeling would most likely achieve their digital transformation goals.

Presenter Bio:

Isik Bicer is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at the Schulich School of Business, York University. His current research focuses on analyzing the impact of operational factors on financial parameters (e.g., stock price, capital structure, and return on assets) and designing operational strategies to ensure high customer-fulfillment rates in economically feasible ways. He uses methods from corporate finance, quantitative finance, and optimization theory to address these challenges. His research has appeared in the Financial Times listed journals such as Production and Operations Management and the Journal of Operations Management. He is also a member of Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Operations Management.

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Prashant Chintapalli, Ivey Business School, Western University

Assistant Professor, Management Science

Presentation: "Combating supply disruptions through product modularity and reverse logistics."

After the recent pandemic, many manufacturers began to opine that reverse logistics can be used to combat supply disruptions. However, doing so requires an appropriately modular product design that is conducive for refurbishing and remanufacturing. Is it true that a higher product modularity is better? How should the firm price its refurbished products in confluence with choosing its product’s design?

Presenter Bio:

Prashant Chintapalli is an Assistant Professor in the Management Science department at the Ivey Business School and in the Production & Operations Management department at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB).

His research is primarily on social responsibility issues in supply chains, and in operations management in general, with an objective to design policies and make decisions that can result in Pareto improvement of the supply chain partners. He develops stylized models to analyze the strategic interactions of various players in a supply chain and infer managerial insights.

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Sajad Fayezi, Memorial University

Associate Professor. Business Administration; Director, International Research and Engagement

Presentation: "Sustainability Transitions and Political Tensions in Global Supply Chains"

Using a single case study from the agricultural sector, we explain the processes and archetypes of sustainability transitions resulting from key stakeholders’ efforts to augment their agency in response to political tensions.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Sajad Fayezi is an Associate Professor of Operations, Project & Supply Chain Management and the Director of International, Research & Engagement at Memorial University in Canada. He is also affiliated with the University of Adelaide and has held academic appointments at Monash University, La Trobe University, and Swinburne University of Technology. Dr. Fayezi obtained his PhD in Supply Chain Management from Deakin University in Australia. His research engages with debates around creating responsible, sustainable, and resilient supply chains through, for example, mitigating modern slavery risks, promoting sustainability transitions, and developing agile and flexible operations.

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Feyza Sahinyazan, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

Assistant Professor, Technology and Operations Management / Business and Society

Presentation: "Reinforcing Schooling Access for Refugees Children"

There are more than 27 million children in the world, who are distanced from education due to conflicts. In this talk, I will talk about strategies to improve schooling rates among refugee children without burdening the existing infrastructure of the host country. I will use the example of Syrian refugee children hosted in Turkey, the world's largest refugee hosting country.

Presenter Bio:

Feyza G. Sahinyazan is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management and Business and Society at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University. Her main research focus is humanitarian aid supply chains, with a particular interest in long-term food and energy access problems. She is also interested in socially-responsible operations management practices and is currently a member of SFU’s Sustainability Advisory Council. Throughout her research projects, she has worked on data-driven operations management problems in collaboration with public sector actors and NGOs such as the UN's World Food Programme, Montreal Children's Hospital, and Turkish Red Crescent. She has worked at the Institute for Data Valorization (IVADO), the data science hub of HEC Montreal as a post-doctoral researcher, after receiving her Ph.D. in Operations Management from Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University.

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Sarah Zheng, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Assistant Professor, Management

Presentation: "When Is Standardization Most Beneficial for Reducing Medical Errors? The Moderating Role of Operational Failures."

We use patient-level data across 56 hospitals with 21,965 patients to test the relationship between hospital-level standardization and medical error, and found standardization is most beneficial when there is a high level of operational failures.

Presenter Bio:

Sarah Zheng is an Assistant Professor at Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. Her research vision is to combine her knowledge of the operations management literature and her data analytics training to design systems and processes to improve organizational performance. She is particularly interested in examining how health care organizations can achieve higher performance by improving their internal operations at the process level, and engaging patients in these efforts through cost-sharing at the system level. To study that, she employs econometric, machine learning and statistical techniques to analyze large datasets from insurance claims, clinical databases, hospital operations and performance data and surveys of the health care workforce. Her research has been published in top journal outlets such as Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and Medical Care, and featured in media outlets such as U.S. News & World Report and Wolters Kluwer.

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Ph.D. Presenters:

Sonia Bagherirad, Schulich School of Business, York University

Ph.D. Candidate

Presentation: “Supply-demand matching: Motivating ride-hailing platform drivers to relocate to surge zones.”

Presenter Bio:

Sonia Bagherirad is a Ph.D. candidate majoring in Operations Management at Schulich School of Business at York University. Broadly speaking, her primary research focus is on the decision-making process in operations management. Her research interests are in the areas of Workforce Capacity Management and Behavioural Operations Management in high technology ventures. Using mathematical modelling, dynamic programming as well as a case study, in one of her research projects, she studies hiring decisions in early-stage technology ventures. In another project, she employs mathematical modelling and experimentation to show how ride-hailing platforms can affect the independent workers’ relocation decisions to match supply and demand effectively. Before joining Schulich, she completed her M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (2009-2016).

William Diebel, Ivey Business School, Western University

Ph.D. Candidate

Presentation: "Voluntary Environmental Disclosure in a Global Manufacturing Supply Network."

Presenter Bio:

Will Diebel is an Operations Management and Sustainability PhD student at the Ivey Business School. His thesis on supply network environmental transparency examines its antecedents, consequences, and semantic evolution using empirical research methods including network analysis, econometric causal inference, and neural network embedding models.

Hongmei Sun, York University

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Presentation: “Mitigating drug shortages: should hospitals use their own drug manufacturer?”

Presenter Bio:

Hongmei Sun is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Administrative Studies at York University. She received her PhD in Business Administration (major in Management Science) from the Ivey Business School at Western University in February 2021. Hongmei’s research focuses on developing mathematical models to analyze problems in healthcare operations and health policy. Using supply chain management and data analytics approaches, she has been conducting research on capacity management for vaccines, policies and interventions for drug shortages, and pharmaceutical R&D partner selection to increase innovation success.

Qi Wang, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

Ph.D. Candidate

Presentation: "Tension Between Standardization and Customization in Healthcare: The Moderating Role of Vital Signs Monitoring."

Presenter Bio:

Qi Wang is currently a visiting PhD student majoring in operations and management in Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria. She’s also a Ph.D. candidate in Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. Her research draws on practices in healthcare operations management. She employs econometric and machine learning tools on clinical big data to examine the impact of care process on improving the quality of care in healthcare delivery system. She’s passionate about further study in the healthcare world. Prior to that, Qi received a master's degree in Statistics and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in China.

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