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College of Sustainable Operations Mini-Conference 2017


The POMS College of Sustainable Operations held its annual Mini-Conference on May 4, 2017, the day before the start of the main POMS conference at Seattle, WA. The mini-conference had a visit to the Boeing Renton Plant. At the end of the plant tour, speakers from Boeing presented on the environmental strategy and programs being pursued at Boeing. The department editors from the Sustainable Operations Department at POM journal also presented on status of the department.
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College of Sustainable Operations Mini-Conference 2016


The POMS College of Sustainable Operations held its annual Mini-Conference on May 5, 2016, the day before the start of the main POMS conference at Orlando, FL. The mini-conference had three sessions. The first session had industry speakers followed by a panel discussion. The second session had a workshop on new tools for research in sustainable OM. The third session recognized the winners of the sustainable OM student paper competition.




  1. College of Sustainable Operations Mini-Conference 2015

    The POMS College of Sustainable Operations held its annual Mini-Conference on May 7, 2015, the day before the start of the main POMS conference at Washington D.C. The mini-conference had a group of exciting speakers with a combination of research, teaching and industry. The mini-conference also ran a research incubator to encourage collaboration among college members.

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  2. Joint Sustainable Operations/Supply Chain Management POM 25th Anniversary Mini-Conference

    The Colleges of Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management hosted a joint mini-conference on Thursday 8 May 2014 in honor of the 25th anniversary of POMS. The event was held in Atlanta, Georgia one day prior to the main POMS conference. The mini-conference had discussions relevant to environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. It featured leading academics and practitioners who work together on topics relevant to the practice of management. Additionally, the mini-conference featured a session on how to integrate these themes into operations and supply chain courses.

    Program for Joint Sustainable Operations/Supply Chain Management POM 25th Anniversary Mini-Conference


  3. 2012 Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations

    The 2012 Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations was held at the Chicago Marriot Downtown Magnificent Mile in Chicago, IL on April 19, 2012, and was focused on sustainability across the supply chain from a perspective of industry. Coleman Bigelow (Johnson & Johnson) talked about Johnson & Johnson’s sustainable supply chains that take into account consumer behavior. Kate Heiny (Target) talked about supply chain operations that Target conducts to pursue sustainability, such as cell phone collection program and trade-in program. Daniel Guide (Penn State University) explained what kinds of research papers the Journal of Operations Management would like to review and accept for publication from the perspective of an editor. Jeff York (University of Colorado â€" Boulder) presented his research about green buildings and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the perspective of history, major trends, and drivers of green buildings.


  4. Announcement for the winner of the PhD Proposal Award, 2012

    Winner: Saed Alizamir (Duke University) (advised by Dr. Peng Sun and Francis de Vericourt, INSEAD
    Dissertation title: Designing Government Policy Instruments to Promote Green Technologies

    Runner Up: Jury Gualandris (Università degli Studi di Bergamo) (advised by Dr. Matteo Kalchschmidt)
    Dissertation title: Sustainability Implementation in Industrial Supply Networks: Why and How?


  5. 2011 Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations

    The 2011 Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations was held at the Peppermill Hotel in Reno, NV, on Thursday April 28, 2011, and focused on carbon footprint. It was co-chaired by Atalay Atasu (Georgia Tech), and Edgar Blanco (MIT).

    The Mini-Conference commenced with Laura Draucker’s presentation about the Greenhouse Gas Protocol standards. She elaborated on the process, merits and challenges of the recently developed two standards: Scope 3 (Value Chain Accounting and Reporting Standard) and Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. Sujeesh Krishnan talked about the evolving product carbon footprinting space from the perspective of what it is, why it is important, what the emerging methodologies are, and what the Carbon Trust is doing in this space. Through a few case studies, his presentation also emphasized that product carbon footprint can drive changes in market behavior. Buddy Polovick talked about the EPA’s SmartWay program, a program that promotes environmentally cleaner and more fuel efficient transportation options through among others, R&D and product labeling. His presentation focused on benefits of the SmartWay and how the partnership works among the stakeholders in the traffic sector. Leonardo Bonanni’s presentation introduced Sourcemap.org, which is a social network platform for mapping and sharing supply chains to inform sustainable choices. He explained how the social network platform can estimate the carbon footprints of product and share this information across different media.


  6. Announcement for the winner of the PhD Proposal Award, 2011 (chaired by Elif Akcali)

    Winner: Ayse Selin Kocaman from Columbia University (advisor: Vijay Modi)
    Dissertation title: Connecting People to Electricity: Single Level and Multi-level Grid Network Design for Rural Electrification

    Runner Up: Nan Gao from Iowa State University (advisor: Sarah M. Ryan)
    Dissertation title: Closed Loop Supply Chain Design for Uncertain Carbon Regulations and Random Product Flows

    Runner Up: Mohammad Moshthari from University of Lugano (advisor: Paulo Goncalves)
    Dissertation title: Inhibitors of Collaboration among Humanitarian Aid Organizations


  7. Workshop on New Product Development, Innovation, and Sustainability
    October 14-15, 2010
    Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

    The Operations & Decision Technologies Department at the Kelley School of Business of Indiana University sponsored a workshop on the interface between new product development, innovation, and sustainability. The workshop was held at the Kelley School on October 14-15, 2010. This workshop preceded the deadline for submission of papers to the special issue of Production and Operations Management on new product development, innovation, and sustainability, and had 20 presentations. Most presentations in the Workshop were later submitted to the special issue. Program committee members for the workshop included Kyle Cattani (Indiana University), Mark Ferguson (Georgia Tech), Glen Schmidt (University of Utah), and Gil Souza (Indiana University).

  8. 2010 Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations

    The Mini-Conference of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations was successfully held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Hotel on May 6, 2010. The Mini-Conference brought together more than 30 researchers who shared the common interest in sustainability and sustainable operations.

    The Mini-Conference commenced with Stelios Kavadias’s presentation about interaction between sustainability and product development from a thought-provoking viewpoint. He emphasized the importance of metrics for measuring sustainability and discussed driving factors of sustainability in the context of organization structures. Alfonso Pedraza Martinez talked about humanitarian logistics based on his pioneering field work. His presentation focused on fleet management in the fields. Industry keynote speaker, Burton Hammer, talked about sustainability using an example of a new hydropower technology that his company developed and its vivid business model. Shmuel Oren clearly explained complicated electricity markets using mathematical models that are actually used for the market. His presentation covered important issues of the market, including portfolio for electronic market risk and impact of carbon regulations. Andrew Hoffman analyzed the evolution of the concept of sustainability from his innovative cultural and social viewpoint.


  9. Announcement for the winner of the PhD Proposal Award, 2010

    Winner: Alfonso Pedraza Martinez from INSEAD (advisor, Luk N. Van Wassenhove, INSEAD)
    Dissertation title: “Last Mile Vehicle Fleet Management in Humanitarian Operations”

    Congratulations, Alfonso.

    Award Committee: Vedat Verter (chair, McGill), Charles Corbett (UCLA), Mike Ketzenberg (Texas A&M), and Joe Blackburn (Vanderbilt)

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