Dr Rafaela Alfalla Luque & Dr Carmen Medina López University of Sevilla
Dr Rafaela Alfalla Luque and Dr Carmen Medina López visited OIM August 2006. Their visit was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science.
Rafaella and Carmen both have interests in supply chain management and POM teaching (Carmen in particularly with respect to the use of IT). They assisted the group greatly with the organization of the IAMOT conference, which took place in September 2006.
Professor Giannis Karagiannis Madedonia University, Greece
Professor Karagiannis is at the Department of International and European Economic and Political Studies, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. He visited Aston Business School during the February 2006.
Professor Karagiannis was invited as part of an on going research collaboration with Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis. His research interests in the area of efficiency and productivity measurement are in line not only with Professor Emmanuel Thanassoulis but also with other OIM members Dr Simpson, Dr Despic, Dr Emrouznejad and Dr Saal. We also have some six PhD and DBA students researching this area and a number of taught MSc modules draw from the area.
During his visit Professor Karagiannis made the following contributions:
- He presented a seminar on an application of comparative efficiency measurement in agriculture using econometric methods.
- He presented a theoretical seminar on measuring scale effects in efficiency measurement.
Professor Graham Mitchell Lehigh University, U.S.A.
Professor Graham Mitchell is the Professor of Practice in the Department of Management, Lehigh University College of Business and Economics. He is a Director of the Industrial Research Institute, author/collaboration of 50 papers and studies on technology, business management, and policy, and holds 7 U.S. patents. Between 1993 and 1997 Graham served in President Bill Clinton's Administration as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Technology Policy.
Graham's visit to Aston Business School in June 2005 was facilitated through the Visiting Scholar Scheme, and hosted by the Technology and Operations Management (TOM) research group. During his visit, Graham presented a number of seminars to staff and research students in Operations and Information Management (OIM). These included various topics in Management of Technology including, "Technology and the Future of Business", "Managing R&D as a Strategic Option" and "The Changing Agenda for Research Management".
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Dr Amrik Sohal Monash University, Australia
Dr Amrik Sohal is a Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He is also Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit and is a Part-President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM). Amrik's current research interests are in manufacturing/operations strategy, technology/information management, quality management, supply chain management, lean/agile production systems and electronic business.
Amrik's visit to Aston Business School in May 2005 was facilitated through the Visiting Scholar Scheme, and hosted by the Technology and Operations Management (TOM) research group. He has collaborated as a co-author with various OIM staff on journal articles published in "International Journal of Technology Management", "International Journal of Production Research", "International Journal of Operations & Production Management" and "Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management".
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Professor Don Taylor Department Head of the Grado Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
G. Don Taylor is the Charles O. Gordon Professor and Department Head of the Grado Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, U.S. Don provided a complementary set of skills and experience compared to our previous visitors; he has a quantitative modelling focus with an interest in manufacturing and, particularly, logistics applications. This latter area is one that we would wish to strengthen in the context of the groups ‘supply chain management’ work. He also has a long established interest in simulation, the second of our three core themes.
The visit proved to be very successful in that he was able to interact extensively with both faculty and students. A range of activities were planned that centered on a series of two formal research seminars that covered the core elements of his research together with more personal meetings with staff and students. The seminars were well attended (each by around 90% of TOM staff and students). We arranged his visit to coincide with the TOM group PhD student work in progress seminar, he chaired the session, led the discussions and reviewed each student’s project. As last year, the feedback from the students was uniformly positive.
The staff research discussions were extensive – he met many of the staff for individual discussions and again the feedback was very positive, particularly in relation to the quality of his advice and the application of his considerable experience.
During his visit Don led a simulation study that directly involved three Aston staff and one research student. The model development was completed, all the experimental runs performed and analysed, a literature survey collated and finally the work was written up in a journal paper that was submitted to the Int. Journal of Production Economics. We await the referees’ comments.
Plans were established to extend collaboration following Don’s return to the U.S.; in particular aspects of logistics planning will offer an opportunity to broaden our work on supply chains. We also intend to extend the simulation study mentioned above to compare the outcomes with various modelling approaches, richer models and alternative scenarios.
Dr Andreas Kleine University Hohenheim
In March 2005, Dr Andreas Kleine spent three weeks as a Visiting Scholar with the OIM Group. The main purpose of this visit was to work towards joint international publications with members of the group, especially in the area of Decision Analysis and Decision Theory.
Dr Kleine also gave a presentation to the group in which he presented some of his recent research results. The talk with the title “Generalized DEA-Range Adjusted Measurement” was well received. Dr Kleine also attended presentations given by other group members and got involved in many fruitful discussions in the field of DEA.