2023 Supply Chain Research ForumSupply Chain Challenges: Practical Insights from Emerging Academic Research
Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 10, 2023 (In-Person)
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 2023 forum will be delivered in-person at the Schulich School of Business.
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.
Friday, June 9, 2023
1:00 – 1:15 pm – Opening Remarks
1:15 – 5:30 pm – Ph.D. and Post-Doc Presentations
Saturday, June 10, 2023
8:00 – 8:15 am – Opening Remarks
8:15 – 12:30 pm – Faculty Presentations & SCM Practitioner Panel
12:30 – 2:00 pm – Catered Lunch
2:00 – 4:30 pm – Faculty Presentations, Edited Book Workshop, & Academic Job Market for Ph.D. Students Workshop/Panel
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Closing Remarks
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.
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Day 1: Friday, June 9, 2023View details Hide details
|12:30 – 1:00 pm
|Attendee Check-In (Room SSB E118)
|1:00 – 1:05 pm
|1:05 – 1:55 pm
|“Understanding the Big Data Analytics Deployment Gap: Leveraging Big Data Analytics Capability for Value Generation in Healthcare” – Dan Shin, Ivey Business School, Western University
|2:00 – 2:50 pm
|“Optimal Rebate Level, Compensation Rate, and Capacity Investment for Fostering Solar Panel Adoption.” – Saman Teymoorianmotlagh, University of Calgary
|2:50 – 3:30 pm
|3:30 – 4:20 pm
|“The Influence of Regulatory Focus and Stakeholder Culture on Sustainable Supplier Selection.” – Sunny (Huiqing) Tian, Schulich School of Business
|4:30 – 5:20 pm
|“Analyzing Economic Nationalism’s Impact on Supplier Relationships and Anticipating its Change with Political Manifestos.” – Duy Tan Nguyen, HEC Montréal
Day 2: Saturday, June 10, 2023View details Hide details
|8:00 – 8:15 am
|Opening Remarks (Room SSB E118)
|8:15 – 9:15 am
|Session 1: Research Updates from Previous SCM Forum Presenters
|9:30 – 11:00 am
|Session 2: SCM Practitioner Panel
|11:00 – 11:15 am
|11:15 – 12:30 pm
|Session 3: New Perspectives for 2023 – Faculty Presentations
• “Exploring the Sustainable Supply Chain Designs of B Corps: Insights for Purpose-Driven Businesses.” – Kelsey Taylor, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
• “Digitizing Retail Banking Services: Customer Focus, Process Alignment, and Performance Improvement.” – Ting Cao, Niagara University
• “Effect of Expedited Payments on Project Delays: Evidence from the QuickPay Reform.” – Vibhuti Dhingra, Schulich School of Business
• “The Influence of National Animosity on International Research Collaborations.” – Remi Charpin, HEC Montréal
|12:30 – 2:00 pm
|2:00 – 3:15 pm
|Session 4: Workshop – Handbook of Canadian Supply Chain Research
|3:15 – 3:30 pm
|3:30 – 4:30 pm
|Session 5: Building a Canadian SCM Research Network
|4:30 – 5:00 pm
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;
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.
Remi Charpin, HEC Montréal
Assistant Professor of Logistics and Operations Management
Presentation Title: "The Influence of National Animosity on International Research Collaborations."
Remi Charpin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Logistics and Operations Management at HEC Montréal. His research interests span the influence of political risk on global operations and more specifically how firms can mitigate the effects of nationalism and geopolitical tensions on their supply chains. He uses empirical methods such as case study and econometrics to examine these topics.
Vibhuti Dhingra, Schulich School of Business
Presentation Title: “Effect of Expedited Payments on Project Delays: Evidence from the QuickPay Reform."
Vibhuti Dhingra is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Her research interests are in supply chains, project management, and the interface of operations and finance. Her current research examines project management through a data-driven lens, and sheds new light on how to improve project performance. Her prior work has been published in premier academic journals such as Management Science and European Journal of Operational Research.
Kelsey Taylor, Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba
Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management
Presentation Title: “Exploring the Sustainable Supply Chain Designs of B Corps: Insights for Purpose-Driven Businesses."
Kelsey Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba. She completed her Ph.D. in Operations Management at the Ivey Business School at Western University and holds a Master’s of Environment and Sustainability from Western University with an earlier background in Sociology.
Her research examines multiple dimensions of environmental and social responsibility in supply chains using quantitative and qualitative research methods, such as a case studies, behavioural experiments, and econometric analysis.
Ting Cao, Niagara University
Presentation Title: "Digitizing Retail Banking Services: Customer Focus, Process Alignment, and Performance Improvement."
Ting Cao is an Assistant Professor of Management at the Niagara University. Ting received her PhD in operations management and information systems from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2022. Her research investigates why and how emerging digital technologies can be utilized to enhance business performance in the financial services sector.
Duy Tan Nguyen, HEC Montréal
Presentation Title: "Analyzing Economic Nationalism's Impact on Supplier Relationships and Anticipating its Change with Political Manifestos."
Duy Tan Nguyen is a Ph.D. candidate in Logistics and Operations Management at HEC Montréal and a student member of the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD), Montréal, Canada. He received his master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne and HEC Montréal. His studies focus on data-driven operations and supply chain management. He has applied both quantitative and qualitative research methods, e.g., interview, simulation, descriptive analytics, optimization, forecasting, conceptual modeling, Delphi, fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), archival analysis, survey, and (partial least squares) structural equation modeling. He has published in Omega–International Journal of Management Science, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Case Studies in Management, and some other journals.
Dan Shin, Ivey Business School, Western University
Presentation Title: “Understanding the Big Data Analytics Deployment Gap: Leveraging Big Data Analytics Capability for Value Generation in Healthcare”
Dan Shin is a Ph.D. candidate in operations management at Richard Ivey Business School, Western University, Canada. He holds a Master’s of Environment and Sustainability from Western University with a B.Sc from McMaster University. His research interest focuses on the leveraging mechanisms of organizations’ big data analytics capabilities on improving operational systems, and understanding the interactions between analytic tools/information and humans within the enabled-practices and routines from big data analytics implementations that impact consistent, timely, and productive delivery of care efforts. In his research efforts, qualitative methods such as interviews, multiple case study, and experiments are employed.
Saman Teymoorianmotlagh, University of Calgary
Presentation Title: "Optimal Rebate Level, Compensation Rate, and Capacity Investment for Fostering Solar Panel Adoption."
Saman Teymoorianmotlagh is a PH.D. candidate in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary.
Sunny (Huiqing) Tian, Schulich School of Business
Presentation Title: "The Influence of Regulatory Focus and Stakeholder Culture on Sustainable Supplier Selection."
Sunny (Huiqing) Tian is a Ph.D. student in Operations Management and Information Systems at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Her research interest focuses on sustainable supplier selection and understanding the ways in which organizations develop capabilities to purchase sustainably, employing methods such as interviews and behavioural experiments. Sunny previously completed her Master of Environment and Sustainability at Western University.
Supply Chain Practitioner Panel:
David Johnston, Schulich School of Business, York University (Moderator)
Director and Research Chair, George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains, Schulich School of Business
David Johnston is the Director and Research Chair of the George Weston Ltd. Centre for Sustainable Supply Chains at the Schulich School of Business, as well as Program Director of the Master of Supply Chain Management (MSCM) program. Dr. Johnston’s published research is in collaborative supply chain management, operational sustainability, improving healthcare operations and the management of process innovation. His most recent work is focused on strategies for securing the long term resilience of critical supply chains.
Head of Supply Chain Canada, McDonald's
Hope Bentley is an accomplished supply chain executive with extensive experience in food sourcing, supplier management, pricing, financial projections, and commodity risk management. In her current role, Hope serves as the Head of Supply Chain for McDonald’s Canada, where she is responsible for strategic planning and goal setting for the Canadian Supply Chain team. Hope holds industry certifications for both APICS and CPM and has achieved both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Management and a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
President, Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA)
John Corey is the President of the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA). A professional accountant by training, John spent 28 years at the Canadian Transportation Agency, working in both the Air and Rail branches of the Agency where he played a major role in dispute resolution between the federally-regulated freight railways and shippers. As President of the FMA he advocates on behalf of Canadian shippers with all level of government and transportation regulators.
President & CEO, Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT)
Pina Melchionna is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), a learning and development organization offering professional certification in supply chain logistics. Prior to her role at CITT, Pina worked for several national banks and financial institutions and started her career as a lawyer. Pina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a specialized Master of Business Administration in Financial Services from Dalhousie University. She completed the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program and earned the ICD.D designation in 2015 and the Competent Board Global ESG (CBG.D.) in 2022. Pina is a member in good standing of the Ontario Bar Association. She has served on the board of SGI Canada and currently sits on the board of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Raymond James Trust Company. She is a sessional instructor at Centennial College, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Ascenda School of Management and the Schulich School of Business.
Isik Bicer, Schulich School of Business, York University
Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems
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.
Prashant Chintapalli, Ivey Business School, Western University
Assistant Professor, Management Science
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.
Serasu Duran, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Serasu Duran is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Haskayne School of Business. Her main research focus is energy-related operations management; with a particular interest on the impacts of new technologies and disruptions on existing supply chains.
Prior to joining Haskayne, she completed my PhD studies at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Deishin Lee, Ivey Business School, Western University
Associate Professor, Operations Management & Sustainability
Deishin is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management and Sustainability groups at Ivey. Deishin uses an operational lens to study sustainability problems, focusing on how resources can be utilized more effectively, thereby avoiding waste. She studies field-based problems in a number of different industries including food, energy, high tech, and industrial manufacturing. Deishin also has a stream of research on the management of information and technology in a network environment.
Feyza Sahinyazan, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University
Assistant Professor, Technology and Operations Management / Business and Society
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.
Fuminori Toyasaki, School of Administrative Studies, York University
Dr. Toyasaki has been conducting research in the area of sustainable supply chain designs involving environmental and disaster/emergency issues. Specifically, his research interests are closed-loop supply chains and humanitarian logistics. He has been conducting research in the area of supply chain designs involving disaster and environmental issues. His research interests include: disaster and emergency logistics, humanitarian logistics, fund-raising operations for aid agencies, reverse logistics, and closed-loop supply chains. His works have been published in leading academic journals and recorded high citation counts.
Sarah Zheng, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
Assistant Professor, Management
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.
Sonia Bagherirad, School of Business, York University
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
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
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.