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Center for Supply Networks and Analytics
Excellence in research and education in supply chain management and business analytics.
The Center for Supply Networks and Analytics is a newly formed center of excellence dedicated to research and education in the fields of supply chain management and business analytics. The mission of the Center is to be a leading source of knowledge creation and dissemination in supply chain and analytics.
The Center’s research activities and agenda seek to enhance the body of knowledge related to all major facets of supply chain management and business analytics. These activities culminate in insights targeted at both academic and managerial audiences. The Center will become a premier destination for expertise, in particular for the technology-intensive and advanced manufacturing firms that are central to the ambitions of Rensselaer.
Panelists: Graham Giller, Head of Primary Research, Deutsche Bank; Yuri Malitsky, Data Scientist, Morgan Stanley; Rick Tacelli, VP Customer Development, Empirical Systems
Summary: Digitization and artificial intelligence are transforming businesses in very fundamental ways. Disruption from AI is already here, but many managers are not clear how to harness AI and how it might impact their organizations and industries. Creating effective strategies to harness the many opportunities offered by AI are critical for business executives. This panel discussion will feature executives who are at the forefront of deploying and using AI successfully in their organizations. Panelists share their experience in deriving business value from AI, managing the organizational change brought upon by AI, and overcoming key challenges on their way to success.
November 15, 2017 - “Operational Disruptions and the Value of Credible Control”
Summary: We empirically examine whether firms can meaningfully reduce the impact on their systematic risk by credibly attesting to having robust internal control mechanisms. Using a natural experiment in our data, we show that firms with such credible control mechanisms experience a materially smaller increase in their systematic risk and a smaller decrease in their market value in the aftermath of an operational disruption.
February 22, 2017 - Watch Video - “Supply Chain Risk Insights Powered By Watson"
Speakers: Tom Ward ’86, Cloud and Cognitive Strategist, Enterprise Services, IBM, and Rahul Nahar, Senior Technical Staff Member, Enterprise Services Analytics, Architecture, and Strategy, IBM
Summary: Managing global supply chains can be a risky business. The race for leaner supply chains has placed supply chain sites and suppliers in some unstable regions of the world. How do supply chain leaders know when to take costly risk mitigating actions to recover from the impact of a natural event (ie. a hurricane or earthquake) and when can they simply take caution, but no action?
November 30, 2016 - Watch Video - “Supply Chain 2.0: Supply Chain for a New Age”
Speaker: Jay Nearnberg ’77, Supply Chain Consulting Manager, Accenture
Summary: This talk highlights a blueprint of the next generation of supply chains that will drive a company’s business—breaking down functional silos, redefining priorities, and building synchronized planning and fulfillment capabilities. Companies must have strong foundational components to compete—customer-driven supply chains, an integrated supply chain operating model, performance management, and supply chain segmentation strategies.
October 26, 2016 - “On-Demand Warehousing and Logistics”
Speaker: Jennifer Pazour, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Summary: On-demand businesses use internet-based platforms to provide wide-reach visibility into untapped resource capacity. This has the potential to increase resource visibility, utilization, accessibility, and flexibility. We explore the competitive landscape and characteristics of on-demand warehousing and logistics systems, as well as compare and contrast on-demand business models with traditional models.
September 29, 2016 - “Wine Analytics: Fine Wine Pricing and Selection Under Weather and Market Uncertainty”
Speaker: M. Hakan Hekimoglu, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
Summary: This talk examines research that shows that a wine distributor should always invest in wine futures because it increases the expected profit despite being a riskier asset than bottled wine. The study empirically demonstrates the financial benefits from using this model for a large distributor.
February 17, 2016 - Watch Video - “Developing and Managing Effective Global Supply Chains”
Speaker: Dan Ostrosky ’90, Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Triumph Group
Summary: In competitive business environments effective management of global supply chains is critical for firm success. This talk will focus on strategies for building and managing global supply chains to support a network of diverse manufacturing operations. Topics will include: global sourcing strategies, lean supply chain methods, and relationship and category management practices that lead to optimizing total landed costs.
November 18, 2015 - Watch Video - “The Impact of New Product Development and Innovation on Supply Chain Management”
Speaker: Lindsey Rappleyea ’13, New Product Development Engineer, W. L. Gore & Associates
October 21, 2015 Video - Watch Video - “Confidence in Chaos: Fortifying Supply Chain Business Continuity Capabilities in an Evolving Risk Landscape”
Speaker: Jodie Wright ’10, Senior Associate, Information Protection and Business Resilience Practice, KPMG
September 23, 2015 - Watch Video - “Integrating Physical and Digital Supply Chains: A Cross-Industry Perspective”
Speaker: Peter Vanderminden ’78, Senior Industry Analyst, IoT and Digital Supply Chain, Flatiron Strategies
Center for Supply Networks and Analytics
- T. Ravichandran, Associate Dean of Research, Irene and Robert ’55 Bozzone Distinguished Professor, Academic Director of M.S. Supply Chain Management Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Chanaka Edirisinghe, Kay and Jackson Tai ’72 Chair, Professor of Quantitative Finance, Director of the Center for Financial Studies, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Aparna Gupta, Associate Professor, Director of the M.S. in Quantitative Finance and Risk Analytics Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- M. Hakan Hekimoglu, Assistant Professor, Supply Chain Management and Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Jason Kuruzovich, Academic Director of the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship, Associate Professor, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Nishtha Langer, Assistant Professor, Business Analytics, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Yingda Lu, Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Chris McDermott, Associate Professor, Operations Management and Healthcare Management, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Dorit Nevo, Associate Professor, Academic Director of M.S. Business Analytics Program, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
- Jennifer Pazour, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Thomas C. Sharkey, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Peter A. Vanderminden, Executive-in-Residence, Professor of Practice, Rensselaer Lally School of Management
Wei Xie, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Center works in conjunction with faculty members from various academic areas to conduct research in areas such as:
- Operations and supply chain strategy
- Agile supply networks
- Governance of supply networks
- Performance optimization through analytics
- Global sourcing
- Supply network resilience
- Analytics readiness and maturity assessment
- Social media analytics
More information coming soon.