PhD Winter Academy 2018

Date : 8th January – 21st January 2018
Venue : Malaysia Institute For Supply Chain Innovation


PhD Winter Academy 2018

After successfully conducting our inaugural first PhD academy in 2017, we are pleased to announce our second PhD academy in 2018 to be held from 8-21 January at Malaysia Institute For Supply Chain Innovation. The academy provides an interactive and unique platform to connect peers together, PhD scholars to world-renowned scholars and OM/SCM scholars at MIT Global SCALE Network. Being able to connect, interact and debate in a small setting that we offer would be at extreme value for PhD students and junior faculty member in this field. Based on some feedback from the 2017 Academy, the majority of participants pointed out the academy was enormously helpful for stimulate new research ideas, provide constructive feedback on the current research projects conducted by the participants, and getting some feedback from fellows from various countries who face with the same issue in different context.

The way the academy is designed would provide diverse set to benefits for the participants. Some of the benefits are as follows:

1. Having an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with fellow researchers across different regions,
2. Interacting and getting constructive advise/feedback on the research from world-renowned scholars in the field,
3. Learning some of the latest OM/SCM concepts and research approaches from established professors
4. Visiting some of the supply chain operations in Malaysia,
5. Getting familiar with a multi-lingual and cultural country as Malaysia.

The primary theme of Academy 2018 is “empirical research in OM/SCM”. A number of very well established professors will teach in the academy and share their knowledge with the participants.

The detail of the program will be available in the Academy Brochure. We truly encourage all young scholars and junior faculty members in this field to join us for a wonderful platform of interaction, learning, debating and networking in January 2018. Looking forward to see all of you in coming January.


Faculty Biography

Prof. Vinod Singhal
Professor, Coordinator for MS with a Major in Management, Charles W. Brady Chair

Vinod Singhal is the Charles W. Brady Family Chaired Professor of Operations Management at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from BITS, Pilani, India; MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, India; and Ph.D. from University of Rochester; Rochester, USA. Prior to joining Georgia Tech., he worked for three years as a Senior Research Scientist at General Motors Research Labs.
Vinod’s research has focused on the impact of operating decisions on accounting and stock market based performance measures. His research has been supported through grants from the US Department of Labor, National Science Foundation, the American Society of Quality, and the Sloan Foundation. He has published extensively in academic journals and has made more than 120 presentations at different universities. His research has been recognized in the practitioner community through his many articles in industry-practitioner journals and frequent invited presentations as keynote speaker at practitioner conferences. His work has been cited well over 200 times in practitioner publications such as Business Week, The Economist, Fortune, Smart Money, CFO Europe, Financial Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Daily Telegraph.
Vinod is a Departmental Editor of Production and Operations Management, and Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. He is on the Academic Advisory Board of the European School of Management and Technology, Germany. He has served on the Board of Examiners of the Georgia Oglethorpe Award, Bell South’s President Quality Award, and the Baldrige Board of Examiners.
Vinod has contributed to the Georgia Tech. community in terms of teaching and service. Vinod’s teaching interests include operations strategy and supply chain management. At the Scheller College of Business, Vinod has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, executive, and PhD programs and has won teaching awards at the MBA level. His contributions to curriculum development are diverse and deep including those made while serving as Associate Dean of MBA Programs and area coordinator of Operations Management. He has contributed to teaching at an international level, as well, by offering workshops and advising faculty and PhD students on how to enhance the quality and impact of their research in countries including Australia, China, France, New Zealand, and Singapore, and United Kingdom.

Prof. John Gray
Associate Professor of Operations, Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence

John Gray is an associate professor of operations. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Procter & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University’s evening program during that time. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering.
Dr. Gray teaches the core MBA Data Analysis class and an MBA and undergraduate elective called Strategic Global Sourcing. The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010. A student project from Global Sourcing led to a co-authored case (Scotts Miracle-Gro: The Spreader Sourcing Decision) that has been widely adopted.
Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals, including Decision Sciences, Management Science and Organization Science; and top operations and supply chain journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Production and Operations Management. His research has received several awards. In 2012, a co-authored paper on global food supply chains received the Emerald Citations of Excellence award, recognizing its impact. Two of his papers were awarded the OM Division's Chan Hahn best paper award at the Academy of Management conference (2012 and 2014). Within Fisher, he received the 2011 Pace Setters award for research and was named to the inaugural class of Dean’s Faculty Fellows in 2014, a distinction he will hold until 2017.
In addition to service to his department and the university, he serves as a department editor for the Journal of Operations Management’s Strategy and Organization Department and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management’s Industry Studies and Public Policy Department. Among his service to professional societies, he is serving a five-year leadership role for the Academy of Management’s OM Division from 2014-2018.

Dr. Javad Feizabadi
Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

Dr. Javad Feizabadi explores the supply chain and value chain design and capability-driven strategies in the current volatile business environment. His research examines dynamic capability development in value/supply chain and creating competitive advantage through value/supply chain design and management. In some of his recent research efforts, he looked into the impact of ASEAN Economic Community on value chain/supply chain design in automotive, electronics and steel industries. Adaptability and flexibility of value/supply chain facing with dynamics in various stages of value creation and demand fulfillment is the main focus of Dr. Feizabadi’s research. Other areas of his research are supply chain strategy and entrepreneurship in supply chain management. During the period 2007-2008, he was involved in a study exploring the supply chain challenges in the European auto industry at IMD, Switzerland. His research has been published in several international conferences and academic journals. He holds a PhD in Operations Management. He worked in automotive industry for 7 years and 2 years in management consulting. Dr. Feizabadi has been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is also a Research Affiliate with MIT.

Dr. Shardul Phadnis
Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI)

Dr. Phadnis examines the design and adaptation of business models from the supply chain perspective. His research falls in the area of strategic decision making and long-range planning, and contributes to the scholarly domains of managerial cognition, dynamic capabilities, scenario planning, and supply chain strategy. Some recent applications of his research include a long-range planning process for the U.S. freight transportation infrastructure, scenarios for formulating supply chain strategies for global convenience store and chemical firms, and a system for monitoring business environment and guiding adaptation of supply chain strategy of a global beverage firm. Dr. Phadnis holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before starting his doctoral studies, Dr. Phadnis worked in the manufacturing industry for seven years. He developed and led the Lean/Continuous Improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm, and applied ideas from Lean Manufacturing and Theory of Constraints to make operational improvements in numerous projects.


Module 1: Using secondary data in Supply Chain and Operations Management research: Overview, research methods, and research opportunities.

Professor: Vinod Singhal
Date: 8th to 12th January 2018


Topic 1: Study design and research question
Topic 2 and 3: Use event study methods to document the stock market reaction to corporate announcements.
Topic 4: The methods for estimating the operating performance effects of corporate announcements.
Topic 5: The methods for estimating the long-term stock price effects of corporate announcements.

The methods for estimating the long-term stock price effects of corporate announcements.

Module 2 – Empirical Research in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Professor: Prof. John Gray
Date: 15th to 19th January 2018


Topic 1: Matching research approach to research question: surveys, experiments, secondary data, case study
Topic 2: Regression for causal inference: Key considerations, and comparison with regression for prediction
Topic 3: Can you infer cause from your analysis? Key threats (sample, measurement, omitted variables, etc.)
Topic 4 : Introduction to some remedies to the threats discussed on Day 3 (difference in difference, regression discontinuity, instrumental variables, matching, etc.)

Module 3 - Supply Chain Strategy

Module 4 - Methodological fit in Empirical Research

Course Schedule