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College of Supply Chain Management

The College of Supply Chain Management of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) announces its 2017 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 $600 honorarium, the second prize is accompanied by a $300 honorarium and all papers receiving an honorable mention receive a $100 honorarium. Between three and six finalists will be chosen, and they will be invited to present their paper in a special session at the 2017 Annual POMS conference in Seattle, WA, May 5-8, 2017. Each finalist will be awarded up to $500 of travel support for out-of-pocket expenses and complementary conference registration for the 2017 Annual POMS conference. All prizes will be awarded during the conference at the POMS Supply Chain Management College Meeting.

Applications should be submitted via The deadline for submission is January 17, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.

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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.

Transportation from the Hilton hotel will be organized, with busses leaving at 1pm. The tour will last about 2 hours, including a Q&A session with distribution center managers. After returning to the hotel, we will host a reception from 4:30 to 6pm. The participation fee for this event is $40 (only $20 for doctoral students).

The registration for the tour is now closed.

Mission Statement

The College of Supply Chain Management is a special interest group of POMS that seeks to create a community for researchers in supply chain management. 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 2015-16

President: Vinayak Deshpande, Kenan-Flager Business School, UNC Chapel Hill
Past President: Ravi Anupindi, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Vice President - Communications: Dorothee Honhon, Naveen Jindal School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas
Vice President - Meetings: Kyle Cattani, Kelley School, Indiana University
Vice President - Special Events: Apurva Jain, Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle.
Secretary: Brent Moritz, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University
Treasurer: Nitin Bakshi, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

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