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College of Operational Excellence

Event: COE Mini-Conference May 3, 2018

This college connects operational excellence researchers and practitioners to actively discuss the operational challenges that impact performance outcomes. This year, we focus on understanding the role of operational excellence where the business models are constantly changing and organizations are grappling with the tensions between standardization and agility. In this new environment, when digital disruption of supply chains is the norm, it is important to understand: What role could/should operational excellence play, and why should companies invest resources in standardizing processes, developing people and supply base, if it might need drastically different processes, people capabilities and suppliers in future. We will explore these and other similar issues with world renowned executives and researchers. Please see the full program here for details..

The College of Operational Excellence is a special interest group of POMS that seeks to create a community for researchers pursuing operational excellence philosophies, paradigms, principles, systems, and techniques (e.g. TQM, JIT, Lean, Six Sigma, Continuous Improvement, Quality Assurance, Theory of Constraints, Agile among others). The college embraces the full spectrum of research paradigms including modeling, empirical and field-based work and facilitates close interaction between academics and practitioners through focused conferences.

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Board Members 2019:

President: Morgan Swink, TCU
VP Outreach: Vidyaranya Gargeya, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
VP Meetings: Gopesh Anand, University of Illinois
Secretary and VP Finance: Torbjørn Netland, ETH Zürich, CH
VP Awards: Carolyn (Carrie) Queenan, University of South Carolina

Advisory Committee:

Peter Ward, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
Morgan Swink, Neeley Business School, Texas Christian University
Eric O. Olsen, Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic
John Shook, CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute (tentative)
Rachna Shah, Carslon School of Management, University of Minnesota

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