PhD Winter Academy 2020

Date : 13th to 24th  January 2020
Venue : Malaysia Institute For Supply Chain Innovation

PhD Winter Academy 2020

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to attend the PhD Winter Academy 2020 at the Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI) for an intense period of learning, discovering, and debating new research in operations and supply chain management. In addition to that, you will meet some of your future colleagues and have a great time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

This is the fourth PhD academy to be organized at MISI, and we have a group of distinguished professors from prestigious academic institutions taking part. Each of them will lead several sessions on topics in their respective areas of expertise. It is a great platform to meet doctoral students from different institutions and exchange ideas. Although we expect applicants to come from different institutions, countries and backgrounds, one thing you all have in common is excellence.

Please apply for admission as soon as possible. We are looking forward to meeting and working with you. We hope that you are as excited and eager as we are here in Malaysia to get this knowledge exchange journey started!


There is a required tuition fee of RM 250 for international students. Participants are responsible for all travel, lodging and incidental expenses.

Faculty Biography

Prof. Constantine Blome (University of Sussex Business School):

Constantin Blome is Full Professor of Operations Management and Associate Dean for Research. He is also Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for BMEc since February 2018. Constantin is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Before Constantin was the GlaxoSmithKline Chaired Professor in Strategic Sourcing and Procurement at Universite catholique de Louvain, Belgium and affiliated with the Center of Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) which he both still pursues on a part-time basis. He also taught and pursued at several international institutions M.I.T. (visiting scholar), EBS Business School (assistant professor of sourcing in emerging markets), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (research fellow), Michigan State University (visiting scholar), University of Siegen (substitute full professor), iae Aix-en-Provence (associate faculty), Technical University of Berlin (lecturer). He also taught courses at Great Lakes Institute of Management, Saint-Petersburg State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and Solvay Business School. Constantin studied at University of Bielefeld and Technical University of Berlin (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) and finished his habilitation at EBS Business School, Germany. He is also a certified purchasing and supply manager (C.P.M. and CPSM).

Constantin's research interests include supply chain management, procurement and operations management with strong focus on sustainability, innovation and risk issues. His research has been published among others in Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, and Journal of Business Ethics.

For his academic work, Constantin received several awards: best reviewer award Journal of Operations Management (2012, 2013), best reviewer award Journal of Supply Chain Management (2012), best paper award at The 21st Annual North American Research Symposium on Purchasing and Supply Chain Management of ISM 2011, and the Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award for the best article in Journal of Supply Chain Management in 2010.

In the last years, Constantin was involved in raising approx. 4 mn Euro competitive research budgets in total. Also, Constantin consulted numerous firms or pursued executive trainings for them, among these are Credit Suisse, Merck, Clariant, Deutsche Telekom, DHL/ DPWN, Deutsche Bahn, Siemens, Philips, Heinz, Henkel, Glaxo Smith Kline, Gesellschaft fuer international Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), EADS, Nestle, Government of Vietnam, Global Witness.

Constantin is also appointed member of the Club of Rome (EU Chapter), the German Chapter of the Club of Rome. He also currently serves as VP Europe (before VP at large) for the Decision Sciences Institute, Chair of Membership Committee for Academy of Management, OM Division, as well as Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal and Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education and editorial board member for Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.


Professor Elena Katok (University of Texas at Dallas):

Prof. Elena Katok joined the Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012.  She is  Ashok and Monica Mago Professor of Operations Management.  She is also on the International Faculty at the University of Cologne, Germany.  Prior to her appointment at the University of Texas at Dallas she was a Professor at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, where she was a Zimmerman Faculty Fellow.

She holds a Bachelor’s from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA and a Ph.D. degree from Penn State. Dr. Katok’s research is in the area of Behavioral Operations Management.  She analyzes behavioral factors that affect the efficiency of supply chain contracts, the performance of procurement mechanism, and other channel coordination issues.

Her work is published in Management ScienceM&SOMProduction and Operations Management JournalJournal of Operations Management, and other journals in business and economics. Dr. Katok was part of a team that won the 2000 Franz Edelman Award, which is the most prestigious award given for the Practice of Operations Research and the Management Sciences.  She is the Department Editor for the Behavioral Operations Department at the Production and Operations Management Journal and an Associate Editor of Management Science.  She also co-edited the Handbook of Behavioral Operations published by Wiley.


Professor Yaozhong Wu (National University of Singapore):

Yaozhong Wu is an Associate Professor of Analytics and Operations at NUS Business School. He received his Ph.D. in Technology and Operations Management from INSEAD. His main research interests are in the field of behavioral operations management, focusing on how decision biases and social preferences influence operations and process performance.

His papers have appeared in academic journals, such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and Journal of Operations Management. A co-authored paper won the second place in the Wickham Skinner Awards for Best Paper Published in Production and Operations Management in 2014. Another co-authored paper won the Best Working Paper Award of the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management Section in 2016. Currently, he serves as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management.


Module 1: The theory of supply chain risk

Instructor: Prof. Constantine Blome

Dates: 13 to 17 January 2019

Venue: Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation campus

This course will cover key principles and key theories of sustainable supply chain management and supply chain risk management. As part of the course students will profit from scrutinising, appreciating and criticising empirical articles in order to better understand theoretical puzzles and contributions in order to sharpen own research projects for theory building and theory testing. The course will discuss major underpinning theories in the field, as well as for adjacent topics like supply chain resilience, robustness, agility and adaptability. Students will benefit from a combination of lectures and student led discussion of classical and leading contributions.


Module 2: Behavioural supply chain and operations management I

Instructor: Elena Katok, University of Texas at Dallas

Dates: 20 to 24 January 2019

Venue: Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation campus

Course Objectives

  • Students will be introduced to controlled laboratory experiments, their uses, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the basic logistics of conducting laboratory experiments.
  • Students will be introduced to basic decision biases, as well as risk aversion and ways to measure it.
  • Students will read and discuss research articles in behavioral operations on topics that include:
  • The “Newsvendor problem” experiments
  • Bargaining, Contracting and Channel Coordination
  • Behavioral research in sourcing, and procurement


Day 1: Introduction

Motivation of Behavioral work for OM
Coordination Game
1 hour
Individual Decisions
2 hour


Day 2: Behavioral Biases and the “Newsvendor problem”

Risk Aversion
Holt and Laury
Rabin’s Critique
1 hour
Newsvendor Research
Inventory Ordering Game
Newsvendor Experiments
Newsvendor Models
2 hour


Day 3: Supply Chain Contracts

Bargaining Games
Simple Bargaining
1 hour
Contracting Games
Bargaining in Contracts
2 hour


Day 4: Sourcing and Competition

Auctions Introduction
Auction Taxonomy
Trust in Procurement Auctions
Auction Simulations
3 hour


Course Wrap-Up

Module 3: Behavioural supply chain and operations management II

Instructor: Prof. Yaozhong

Dates: 20 to 23 January 2019

Venue: Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation campus

This short course is designed to give participants an introduction of some foundations and
applications of modelling human behavior in Operations Management (OM). We will start
with behavioral foundations and general frameworks followed by applications in OM.
Behavioral foundations and general frameworks are concerned with models of how decision-
makers deviate from standard approach of rational decision-making and particularly of how
they are influenced by cognitive biases and social preferences. Those models have been
applied in many specific OM research topics. We will focus on how human factors can be
incorporated into OM theory and also attempt to discuss directions for future research.

Day 1: Introduction

  • Incorporating human bahavior into operations models
  • Behavioral foundations and modelling framework

Day 2: Bounded rationality

  • Models of decision biases
  • Applications in inventory and supply chain management

Day 3: Reference dependence and more

  • Models of non-standard preferences
  • Applications in pricing and project management

Day 4: Social Preferences

  • Reciprocity, status, and fairness
  • Applications in supply chain management
Course Schedule

* MISI reserves the right to change and vary the class schedule to accommodate such unforeseeable circumstances.