PhD Winter Academy 2017

Date : 9th January – 23rd January 2017
Venue : Malaysia Institute For Supply Chain Innovation


PhD Winter Academy 2017

MISI’s PhD Winter Academy 2017 program was held from 9th to 23rd January 2017. A total of 14 PhD students and junior faculty members, representing seven countries and three continents, attended the program. The program is unique as it brings together a small and focused group of doctorate students, faculty members and prominent scholars, from around the world, to interact and exchange ideas on operations and supply chain management (OM/SCM).

Based on the feedback from the participants, the program was helpful for them to learn about the latest research in the field of OM/SCM and get some feedback on their research work. The event comprised of lectures, discussions, presentations, industrial visit and cultural visit. The interactive and thought-provoking nature of the program was appreciated by all participants. The range of topics that were covered and discussed within the two weeks of the program were: the supply chain and operations management in nascent markets and nascent firm as compared to established firm and established market; inventory management and control in a dynamic setting and future trends of inventory and capacity as distributed inventory and capacity and its implications for managing the supply chain; facility location and combinatorial optimization under a complex supply chain context.

Three well-known scholars namely Prof. Nitin Joglekar (Boston University), Prof. Chelsea White (Georgia Tech) and Prof. Mozart Menezes (Kedge Business School) covered the above three topics. The next PhD Winter Academy is scheduled for January 2018 and we look forward to having another exciting and interactive learning environment for PhD students in the field of OM/SCM.

At MISI, we are truly committed to advance the knowledge boundary and provide meaningful insight for practitioners in OM/SCM. MISI would like to thank the professors, the participants, all those who worked towards making this event a success.

Watch comments from Professor Nitin Joglekar from Questrom School of Business, Boston University. Prof Joglekar delivered a lecture on Entrepreneurial / Innovative Operations and Supply Chains during the 2017 PhD Winter Academy

Watch comments from Professor Mozart Menezes from Kedge Business School. Prof. Mozart delivered a lecture on Mathematics of Facility Location: An Introduction to Combinatorial Optimization during the 2017 PhD Winter Academy


Faculty Biography

Prof. Chelsea White
Georgia Tech | H.Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Chelsea C. White III holds the Schneider National Chair in Transportation and Logistics in the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech.

His most recent research interests include analyzing the role of real-time information and enabling information technology for improved logistics and, more generally, supply chain productivity and risk mitigation, with special focus on the U.S. trucking industry.

Prof. White is the former editor of the IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Parts A and C, and was the founding editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). He has served as the ITS Series book editor for Artech House Publishing Company. He is co-author (with A.P. Sage) of the second edition of Optimum Systems Control (Prentice-Hall, 1977), co-editor (with D.E. Brown) of Operations Research and Artificial Intelligence: Integration of Problem Solving Strategies (Kluwer, 1990), and co-editor (with D.L. Belman) of Trucking in the Information Age (Ashgate, 2005). He has published primarily in the areas of the control of finite stochastic systems and knowledge-based decision support systems.

He has served on the faculties of the University of Virginia (1976 – 1990) and UM (1990 – 2001). He has served as school chair of the Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering (2005-10), where he is the director of the Trucking Industry Program (TIP) and the former executive director of The Logistics Institute. He serves on the boards of directors for Con-way, Inc. (NYSE: CNW), The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, the Industry Studies Association, and the Bobby Dodd Institute, and is a former member of the board of ITS America (a Utilized Federal Advisory Committee) and the ITS World Congress.

Prof. White III received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (UM) in 1974 in Computer, Information, and Control Engineering.

Prof. Nitin Joglekar
Boston University | Questrom School of Business

Professor Joglekar’s interests span development of products, supply chains and customer engagement at established and entrepreneurial firms. Current projects / working papers address the following themes:

(I) Startup Product Development, Supply Chains & Innovative Operations: Entrepreneurial decisions to set up and improve business models by leveragingoperational constraints around resources, routines, reputation and regulations (see related blog:
(II) Management of Technology: Technology commercialization/ readiness tradeoffs during the development of complex products & processes.
(III) Connected Health & Self Care: Design principles for UX and service delivery; behavioral studies for enhancing patient engagement and personalized care.

Prof. Mozart Menezes
Kedge Business School | Operations Management, Information System

Prof. Menezes is a senior professor at Kedge Business School – Bordeaux, and Director of the Supply Chain & Complexity Lab at that same institution. Previous work includes Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary; Professor of Supply Chain Management and PhD Program Director at the Zaragoza Logistics Center; and faculty member in the Operations Management and Logistics Department at HEC School of Management – Paris. He has been also a Research Affiliate at the Center for Transportation and Logistics at MIT.

Prof. Menezes worked for several years in the Engineering sector and five years as Operations Manager at Procter & Gamble in Brazil. He has worked on one or more projects, as consultant or supervising students, with many companies including Alcatel-Lucent, City of Calgary, Environmental Research Systems, General Motors, Groupe Casino, Imaginarium, Louis Vuitton, Medecins sans
Frontieres, SaicaNatur, Sonoco, Solutia, and Telefonica.

He obtained a BSc degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Para, Belém, Brazil. Prof. Menezes received an MSc degree in Civil Engineering specializing in Project Management and an MSc degree in Industrial Administration from Clemson University, USA. He received a PhD degree in Operations Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Canada. His research areas of interest include Supply Chain Complexity, Supply Chain Network Design, Supply Chain Disruptions, Facility Location, Supply Chain Management, Social Network Influences on Operations, Social Choice and Workforce Management.

Prof. Charles Fine
MIT Sloan School of Management

Charles Fine is the Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management, a Professor of Operations Management and Engineering Systems, and the Co-Director of the International Motor Vehicle Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

His research focuses on supply chain strategy and value chain roadmapping, with a particular focus on fast-clockspeed manufacturing industries. Fine’s work has supported design and improvement of supply chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products. His current research examines outsourcing dynamics, with a focus on dynamic models for assessing the leverage among the various components in complex industrial value chains and the principles for value chain design, based on strategic and logistical assessments.

At MIT Sloan, he teaches Operations Strategy and Supply Chain Management and directs the roadmapping activities in the Communications Futures Program. Fine teaches and consults widely with such clients as 3M, Accenture, Agile Software, Alcan, BellSouth, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bombardier, Caterpillar, Chrysler, Delphi Automotive, Deutsche Bank Alex Brown, Embraer, Fluor, GE, GM, Goodyear, HP, Honeywell, Intel, Kodak, Lucent, Mercury Computer, Merrill Lynch, Motorola, NCR, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Polaroid, PTC, Research-in-Motion, Rolls-Royce, Sematech, Teradyne, Toyota, TRW, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo, and Walsin Lihwa. He also serves on the board of directors for Greenfuel Technologies Corporation, a biotechnology company that he co-founded, which focuses on renewable energy. Fine also serves as co-director of an executive education program, Driving Strategic Innovation, which is a joint venture between MIT Sloan and IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He is the author of Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage (Perseus Books, 1998). His work on quality management, flexible manufacturing, supply chain management, and operations strategy has appeared in a variety of publications, including Management Science, Operations Research, Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Annals of Operations Research, Games and Economic Behavior, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, and Interfaces.

Fine holds an AB in mathematics and management science from Duke University as well as an MS in operations research and a PhD in business administration from Stanford University.


PROGRAM 1 – Foundations and the Future of Inventory Control

Professor: Prof. Chelsea White, Georgia Tech | H . Milton Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering
Date: 16th – 19th January 2017


The presentations will be based on foundational results of the finite-state, finite-action Markov decision process (MDP), the partially observed MDP (POMDP), the partially observed Markov game (POMG), and other models of sequential decision making under uncertainty and risk.

Inventory control is a key component of supply chain control. We will examine models of: (1) inventory state equations, (2) replenishment, both capacitated and un-capacitated, (3) demand, including iid, Markov-modulated, Bayesian updated, POMDP models, censored and uncensored, with emphasis on data-driven (machine) learning concurrent with replenishment decision-making, and (4) cost structures, both will zero and strictly positive reorder cost and how these models can be combined to form models of inventory control.

We will examine the optimality equations of these inventory control models and their structures that guarantee the existence of optimal policies that are base-stock policies when the reorder cost is zero and (s, S) when the reorder cost is strictly positive and examine these results under various models of demand. We then investigate the computational implications of these results.

We then will investigate cutting edge issues in inventory and supply chain control that may include: concurrent product and supply chain design, distributed manufacturing and inventory for fast fulfillment, and the supply chain and inventory control implications of additive manufacturing, transportable manufacturing capacity and transshipment, and bio-cellular therapy (personalized medicine).

PROGRAM 2 – Entrepreneurial / Innovative Operations & Supply Chains

Professor: Prof. Nitin Joglekar, Boston University | Questrom School of Business
Date: 9th – 12th January 2017


Supply chain and operations management principles and theories need to be treated distinctly for two contexts:

Established firms in nascent and established market
Established firms in nascent and established market
This course will cover operations and supply chain management principles and theories for entrepreneurial firms working in nascent markets. The fundamental of OM/SCM is the same for both contexts however there are some significant differences in terms of designing and managing operations and supply chains. As the nascent market term implies the market boundary is still fluid and sheer amount of ambiguity is entailed in this market.

In OM/SCM field dealing with uncertainty has been the central point of designing and managing a resilient operations and supply chains although in nascent markets and fields the company deals with ambiguity which is distinct from uncertainty in a sense that the outcome interpretation would be widely different as opposed to uncertainty in which outcome is known but we are unable to predict the occurrence of the outcome. This intense course is going to provide a rather full treatment of the topic for OM/SCM scholars.

PROGRAM 3 – Mathematics of Facility Location: An introduction to Combinatorial Optimization

Professor: Prof. Mozart Menezes, Kedge Busines s School | Operations Management, Information System
Date: 10th – 17th January 2017


This course will discuss Facility Location problems. in order to do so, we will need to go over topics commonly found on books about Graph Theory, Integer Programming, Combinatorial Optimization and Set Theory. It is not an attempt to be a comprehensive course but it will shed some light in many techniques and topics of combinatorics. A secondary objective, but no less important, is the practice of doing rigorous mathematical proofs.

Students should profit from this opportunity to learn and exercise mathematical techniques that will certainly bevery useful later in their academic lives. In its first part of the course we will cover the techniques related to facility location problems. That first part will consist of lectures. In the second part, we will choose papers to be presented by students. Those papers will be chosen such that there is a match between students interests and the topic of facility location.