Upcoming lecture: The Operational Thinking

Dear MIB students,

You are invited to the lecture “The Operational Thinking” as follows:

Date & Time: 8:30-10:00am June 15; 

                      13:30-15:00pm June 17

Venue: Rm. S210, Xin Shang Yuan, Xuhui Campus

Speaker: Qi Annabelle Feng 

Topic: The Operational Thinking


The Operational Thinking

Abstract: With the relentless trend of globalization and decentralization, the firm’s operational process has become more complex and the supply chains have extended dramatically.  It has become important to understand the interface between different functional areas within an organization and take a system view in formulating business strategies. We will start with examples of how blindly apply our “common sense” can lead to unfavorable outcome.  Then, we will discuss several projects from chemical, retail, electronics, and food industries to demonstrate how to integrate decision making with data by applying operational thinking.   

Bio: Qi Annabelle Feng is the John and Donna Krenicki Chair Professor in Operations Management at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. She was previously a faculty member at McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin.  She received her bachelor degree in Industrial Management Engineering and Computer & Applications from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. Her main research interest lies in studying firms’ sourcing decisions in the broad context of supply chain management. Her main research interest lies in studying firms’ sourcing decisions in the broad context of supply chain management. Her work focuses on individual firm’s procurement planning in uncertain environment and multiple firms’ interactions in sourcing relationships. She also works in the areas of product development and proliferation management, resource planning, economic growth models, and information system management. She is currently a Department Editor for Production and Operations Management. She received the first prize in the INFORMS Junior Faculty Paper Competition in 2009 and the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishment Award in 2012. She applied research work at Hewlett-Packard has received the 2009 Franz Edelman Award. She has two US patents for product proliferation management