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Visiting Scholars

The OIM Group has had the privilege of hosting the following Visiting Scholars from around the world in recent years.

2012
Plácido Moreno Beltrán, University of Seville, Spain

Plácido is a PhD student researching in the area of Data Envelopment Analysis, which is a strong area of interest for several academics in the O&IM Group. 

His visit from September until December 2012 is hosted by Dr Ozren Despic.  He is sponsored by the University of Seville in Spain for the purposes of research collaboration with members of the group.

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Professor Rajiv Kohli, Mason School of Business, Virginia

Prof Kohli is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, Virginia.  His research interests include Business Value of Information Technology, Healthcare Information Systems, and Managing Innovation with Information Technologies.

His visit in October-November 2011 was hosted by Dr Roya Gholami.  During his stay, Prof Kohli delivered a talk on Innovation to the O&IM Group, discussed and worked on data analysis and theoretical background of the upcoming paper, "Impact of IT on efficiency and quality of hospitals" and discuss opportunities for writing proposals and future collaboration with Aston Business School.

Dr. Rafaela Alfalla-Luque and Dr. Carmen Medina-Lopez, University of Seville, Spain

Dr Rafaela Alfalla-Luque and Dr. Carmen Medina-Lopez of the University of Seville (Spain), are currently working on a joint research project in supply chain integration (SCI) with Dr. Prasanta Kumar Dey of Aston University.  The main objective of this project is to develop a conceptual framework for SCI across the stakeholders in order to improve competitiveness of enterprises and achieve sustainable competitive advantages.  Additionally, the proposed framework will be applied to a few case study organisations in the UK and Spain to identify the critical success factors for supply chain integration, measure their degree of integration and suggest improvement measures.  This project has been funded by the Ministry of Education (Spain) for the period of 1st May until 30th September 2011.

Professor Amrik Sohal, Monash University, Australia

Dr Amrik Sohal is a Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University where he heads the Business Operations and Services (BOS) discipline group.  He is also Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit and is currently developing the MINT (Management of Innovation and New Technology) Research Program.  Amrik is Part-President of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) and has held various faculty level positions at Monash University since 1993, including Associate Dean (Research).

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.  As the 2011 Visiting Scholar, he will be working with staff and PhD students in the Operations and Information Management Group within the ABS.

Amrik's last visit to Aston Business School was in May 2005 which 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.

Professor Almas Heshmati, Korea University

Almas Heshmati is currently Professor of Economics in the College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at Korea University.  His visit to Aston Business School from 27th June - 5th July 2010 was hosted by Dr Roya Gholami, with a view to collaboration on research into IT and hospital efficiency.

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Professor Ravi Shankar, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Ravi Shankar is Full Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli, where he is also the programme coordinator of the MBA Telecommunication Programme with the Department of Management Studies.

Prof Shankar's visit to Aston Business School from 18th June - 2nd July 2010 was hosted by Dr Prasanta Dey, with a fellowship from the Research Council United Kingdom (RC-UK Fellowship).

Professor Dr Ainin Sulaiman, University of Malaya

Prof. Dr. Sulaiman is based in the Operations and Management Information Systems Department of the Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya.  Her visit to Aston Business School in April-June 2010 was hosted by Prof. John Edwards and Dr Roya Gholami, with whom she is working on a comparative study of attitudes to and take-up of "Green IT" in the UK and Malaysia.

Dr Suparna Goswami, Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik, TU München

Dr Goswami is a post-doctoral researcher at the Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftsinformatik at TU München.  Her visit to Aston Business School, in April 2010 was hosted by Dr Roya Gholami and she is currently working on research based in "Green IT".

Dr Mine Omurgonulsen, Hacettepe University

Dr Omurgonulsen is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at Hacettepe University.  Her visit to Aston Business School was hosted by Dr Ben Clegg in June 2009, during which time Dr Omurgonulsen was able to conduct research into international benchmarking of quality management practices between the UK and Turkey.

This visit enabled them to conduct detailed analyses of survey data and scope research papers and further benchmarking studies - the first paper was submitted in September 2009. 

Professor Rajiv Kohli, Mason School of Business, Virginia

Prof Kohli is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary, Virginia.  His research interests include Business Value of Information Technology, Healthcare Information Systems, and Managing Innovation with Information Technologies.

His visit to Aston Business School, in summer 2009 was hosted by Dr Roya Gholami and he is currently working on reasearch based in IT and Hospital efficiency.

Professor Timo Kuosmanen, Helsinki School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland

Timo Kuosmanen is a Professor at the Helsinki School of Economics.  His visit to Aston Business School in December 2008 was hosted by Ozren Despic.  Timo is one of the most prominent researchers in the area of productivity and efficiency analysis, which is the area of significant research importance for many academics at Aston Business School: Emmanuel Thanassoulis, Gary Simpson, David Saal, Ali Emrouznejad and Ozren Despic.  Through discussions with Timo many research ideas were generated on an informal level and we certainly all benefited from learning more about various issues relevant to our research area.

During Timo’s vist, Mika Kortelainen (who was ABS research fellow at the time) and Ozren Despic organised a very successful one-day Seminar on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis with about 20 attendees. Besides Timo Kuosmanen, the presenters at the Seminar were also academics from our neighbouring universities (Loughborough and Warwick) with similar research interest. At the end of the seminar our colleagues and PhD students from Loughborough and Warwick all agreed that the seminar was very successful and that we should keep this practice of visiting scholars based seminars in rotation among the three universities.

Dr João Quariguasi  Erasmus University, Netherlands

Dr João Quariguasi is currently Lecturer in Operations Management at the Bradford University School of Management.  At the time of his visit, João was a Researcher at Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management (RSM).

João visited Aston Business School from Erasmus University, Netherlands in April and June 2008.  The three main aims of this visit were: (1) to increase the exposure of the topic "sustainable supply chains" within the Business School, (2) to foster scientific collaboration and (3) plan further academic collaboration with a view to generating further research activities, funding proposals and publications.

A number of meetings with members of ABS staff and research students were arranged to discuss mutually related research and explore potential avenues for collaboration.  A seminar was arranged to allow the presentation of the João's latest research on Sustainable Logistics Networks and Electronics.  This considered issues including re-manufacturing of electronics, design of recovery networks, and the sale of used and re-manufactured electronics.

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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.

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