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Distinguished Lecturer

Operations management is a highly international profession. Supply chains span the globe. OM students routinely study abroad. And local methodologies often become global best practices as they are diffused around the world. As a pre-eminent professional society of the operations profession, POMS is dedicated to promoting connections among operations scholars and practitioners worldwide. We do this by sponsoring chapters and colleges that speak to the needs of global issues, by promoting international participation in our journal among readers, authors and editors, and by providing opportunities for enrichment and professional growth to members all over the world.

As part of its global initiatives the POMS’ Board approved creation of the Distinguished Lecturer Award at its meeting held in November, 2006. This award is given to a highly visible individual to deliver a distinguished keynote speech at one of our international conferences. This award, which is itself a distinguished recognition, also comes with a cash prize of $3,000 to defer the costs of travel. This award serves multiple purposes that include but are not limited to the following:

1. It is a means to help an international conference by providing a “subsidy” to secure a prominent keynote speaker. This, in turn, could increase the visibility of the conference, attract participation by the POMS membership, and help to promote the conference.

2. It is a signal to the international community, regional POMS chapters, and our allied societies that POMS cares about their well-being and supports them by its actions.

3. It is another way for us to recognize the achievements of some of our most accomplished members.

4. It helps to spread leading edge knowledge and ideas around the world.

The first two winners of the POMS Distinguished Lecturer award are:

2008: Dr. Hau Lee, Stanford University.
2007: Dr. Morris Cohen, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Hau Lee was given the award in 2008 to deliver the keynote address at the 3rd World Conference on Production and Operations Management held in Tokyo, Japan from August 5-8, 2008. The conference was hosted by Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Japan, and was organized jointly by the Japanese Operations Management and Strategy Association (JOMSA), European Operations Management Association (EurOMA) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). The theme of the conference was “Manufacturing Fundamentals: Necessity and Sufficiency”.

Dr. Morris Cohen delivered the key not address at the POMS International Conference held in Fundação Getúlio Vargas – São Paulo (FGV-SP), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 8-10, 2007. The conference was organized by the Production and Management Department of FGV-SP, and was held jointly with the Symposium on Production, Logistics and International Operations (SIMPOI). The theme of the conference was “The Continuous Challenge for Innovation and Integration." Please visit the conference website for further details.

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