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Past Events

Walt Disney World Tour, May 5, 2016

This year, the POMS College of Supply Chain Management is organizing a tour in lieu of a mini-conference at the upcoming POMS conference in Orlando. It will take place on Thursday May 5, 2016 (the day before the POMS conference starts) from 1:30 to 3:30pm. The tour is of is the primary Merchandise Distribution Center (DC2) for Walt Disney World. The facility holds between 18K-22K unique items at a time, fluctuating seasonally, and supports over 300 locations ranging from small kiosks to 100K square foot stores as well as, all four Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Vacation Clubs in Hilton Head and Vero Beach, and the Disney Store Online facility in Memphis. In 2008, the warehouse underwent a multi-million dollar automation and system upgrade, including the installation of nearly two miles of powered conveyor, an electronic warehouse control and management system, and a new pick mezzanine.

2016 SCM Student Paper Competition

The finalists for the POMS 2016 SCM College Best Student Paper Competition have been determined. We received 46 papers this year and have selected five finalists. The list of finalists is given in the details below. The finalists are required to present their paper at one of two sessions at the POMS Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. The two sessions are scheduled for Saturday May 7, 8:00am-9:30am and 9:45am-11:15am.

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POMS College of Supply Chain Management Events at the POMS conference on May 7-12

The POMS College of Supply Chain Management mini-conference took place on May 7th in Washington, DC with a focus on productive academic interaction with government entities and think tanks.

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Click here to download some of the speakers' presentations

The mini-conference ended with a dinner at the Sequoia restaurant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the college of Supply Chain Management.

The College also held its annual business meeting on May 9, where the winners of the 2015 Best student paper competition were announced.

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2015 Best Student Paper Competition

The College of Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Student Paper Competition.
  • First Place (Tie)
    • Maxime Cohen and Charles Thraves, MIT, Competition and Externalities in Green Technology Adoption, Advisor: Georgia Perakis

    • Juan Camilo Serpa, University of British Columbia, The Strategic Role of Business Insurance in Managing Supply Chain Risk, Advisor: Harish Krishnan
  • Honorable Mention:
    • Beryl Boxiao Chen, University of Michigan, Dynamic Pricing and Inventory Control with Nonparametric Demand Learning, Advisors: Xiuli Chao and Hyun-Soo Ahn

    • Ying Xu, CMU, “Combating Child Labor: Incentives and Information Transparency in Global Supply Chains, Advisors: Soo-Haeng Cho and Sridhar Tayur

    • Renyu Zhang, Washington University in St. Louis, Remanufacturing and Trade-in Program under Strategic Customer Behavior and Government Subsidization, Advisor: Fuqiang Zhang


Winners of the Student Paper Competition

Supply Chain College Mini-Conference 2014

The Colleges of Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Operations will be hosting a joint mini-conference on Thursday 8 May 2014 in honor of the 25th anniversary of POMS. The event will be held in Atlanta, Georgia one day prior to the main POMS conference and will be located at the conference hotel. Join us to discuss issues relevant to environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Meet leading academics and practitioners who are working together to ensure our research is focused on topics relevant to the practice of management. Learn how to integrate these themes into existing operations and supply chain courses.


Doctoral Research Roundtable

Please join the College of Supply Chain Management and the College of Sustainable Operations for our inaugural Doctoral Research Roundtable. Attending PhD students will have the opportunity to interact with and receive one-on-one feedback on their research from faculty in their respective fields. The doctoral research roundtable will be held on the 8th of May at 9am, just prior to the joint mini-conference hosted by both colleges.

As part of the research roundtables, students and faculty will be grouped by research expertise. The faculty will offer comments on students' papers after each student gives a brief (5-10 minutes) summary of his/her work. Other participants will also be invited to join and offer feedback on the papers.

Doctoral students interested in participating in the research roundtables are invited to submit an application to Gal Raz ( by April 1st, 2014. The application should include a CV and a one-page non-technical summary of the student's thesis research. Priority will be given to students close to the end of their PhD. Acceptance letters will be sent out by April 15th, 2014. There is no additional cost to students for attending the Research Roundtable, but all participants must be registered for the POM Sustainable Operations and Supply Chain Management joint mini-conference.

Student Paper Competition

The College of Supply Chain Management is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Student Paper Competition.

  • First Place: Simone Marinesi, INSEAD, “The Operational Advantages of Threshold Discounting Offers' (Advisor: Karan Girotra)
  • Second Place: Liying Mu, University of Texas at Dallas, Milking the Quality Test: Improving the Milk Supply Chain under Competing Collection Intermediaries” (Advisors: Milind Dawande and Vijay Mookerjee)
  • Honorable Mention: Ruomeng Cui, Northwestern University, Information sharing in supply chains: An empirical and theoretical valuation” (Advisor: Jan van Mieghem) and Joel Goh, Stanford University, Multi-Echelon Inventory Management with Short Term Commitment” (Advisor: Evan L. Porteus).

The College of Supply Chain Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) announces its 2014 Best Student Paper Competition. Each submitted paper will be judged based on its contribution towards the advancement of theory and practice of supply chain management. The first prize is accompanied by a $500 honorarium and the second prize is accompanied by a $250 honorarium. Between three and six finalists will be chosen, and they will be invited to present their paper in a special session at the 2014 Annual POMS conference in Atlanta, May 9-12, 2014. Presentation quality will also be taken into account to decide the first and second prize winners. Each finalist will be awarded up to $500 of travel support and complementary conference registration for the 2014 Annual POMS conference. All prizes will be awarded during the conference at the POMS Supply Chain Management College Meeting.

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Winners for the SCM College Student Paper Competition 2013

  • First Place ($1000 prize): Nitish Jain, INSEAD, “Managing Global Sourcing: Inventory Performance”
  • Second Place ($750 prize): Wei Luo, Duke University, “Integrating Inventory Replenishment and Cash Payment Decisions in Supply Chains”
  • Honorable Mention ($500 each):
    • Tinglong Dai, Carnegie Mellon University, “Contracting for On-Time Performance in the US Influenza Vaccine Supply Chain”
    • Soroush Saghafian, Arizona State University, “Compensating for Dynamic Disruptions with Backup Flexibility”
    • Yan Yin, University of Michigan, “The Role of Cost Modeling in Competitive Bid Procurement”


Prof Mike Fry (Chair) presents the First Prize award to Nitish Jain (left).


Prof Mike Fry (Chair) presents the Second Prize award to Wei Luo (right).

Winners of Past Student Paper Competitions

  • Click here to download Presentation of "Student Paper Competition 2012" by the Competition Chair, Professor Gal Raz
  • Winners of Student Paper Competition 2011


    Prof Sosic (Chair) presents the First Prize award to Robert Bray (Stanford). Winning paper: “Information Transmission and the Bullwhip Effect, An Empirical Investigation” by Robert Bray and Haim Mendelson.


    Prof Sosic (Chair) presents the Second Prize award to Mazhar Arikan (Purdue). Winning paper: “Building Reliable Air-Travel Infrastructure Using Empirical Data and Stochastic Models of Airline Networks” by Mazhar Arikan and Vinayak Deshpande.

  • Winners of Student Paper Competition 2010
    • First Place: Wenjie Tang, “Synchronizing Global Supply Chains: Advance Purchase Discounts”
    • Runners-Up: Brent Moritz, “Cognition and Individual Differences in the Newsvendor Problem: Behavior Under Dual Process Theory”


      Tharanga Rajapakshe, “Designing Dedicated Transportation Subnetworks: Deadheading vs. Lane Sharing”