The 13th International Conference of the Chinese Scholars Association for Management Science and Engineering (CSAMSE 2021) Concluded Successfully

Office of Alumni and External Relations    2021-08-05

The 13th International Conference of the Chinese Scholars Association for Management Science and Engineering was successfully held from July 30 to August 1, 2021. The theme of the conference was “The Changing Landscape of Management Science”, which was sponsored by the Chinese Scholars Association for Management Science and Engineering (CSAMSE) and organized by Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (hereinafter referred to as ACEM). The agenda included three Keynote Speeches, Panel Discussion by Corporate Guests, Young Scholars Colloquium, Female Scholars Forum, finalist presentation of "Best Paper Award" and "Management Practice Award" as well as breakout sessions. Although the conference was held online due to epidemic prevention and control, it basically did not impact the quality of this meeting. A total of 394 papers were submitted to the conference, and 80 breakout sessions were held in eight time slots. More than 1,000 experts, scholars and senior executives of famous universities, scientific research institutes and industrial enterprises from China, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, and other countries and regions have registered online to share the inspiring congregation of management science and engineering.

The conference was officially opened on the morning of July 30. Chen Fangruo, Dean of ACEM and founding Chairman of CSAMES, said in his opening speech that thanks to the development of IoT technology, the decision-making environment becomes more transparent and ready for monitoring, and there's a higher demand for management science methodologies to effectively utilize data. As a result, one of the top missions for today's management science scholars is to bridge the gap between available data and high-quality strategies by means of both theories and practices. After that, Zhang Wei, the current Chairman of CSAMSE and the first Dean of College of Management and Economics of Tianjin University delivered a speech, introducing the highlights and main contents of the conference, and also announced the official opening of the conference and extended his wishes for a complete success of the conference. The opening ceremony was presided over by Yin Haitao, Associate Dean of ACEM.

Keynote speeches were presided over by Prof. Yin Haitao and Zheng Huan of ACEM. Three keynote speakers shared the emerging new topics and practices in management science in the context of pandemic from different perspectives. Prof. Christopher S. Tang from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) delivered a speech themed "Improving Supply Chain Resilience: Pandemic Motivated Research Ideas", which introduced the hot topics of management science that concerned the international community during the pandemic, and expounded three research issues regarding the vaccine industry and vaccination plan, then covered the development of supply chain ecosystem, the allocation of medical resources and the design of vaccine supply plan. Prof. John R. Birge from Booth School of Business in University of Chicago gave a presentation on "Polices for Managing Risk and Information in Addressing Global Issues". He modeled and analyzed patients' doubts in medical programs such as vaccination and angiography, pointing out that the impact of policies on people depends on how the information was understood as well as their preference, meanwhile fuzzy information deteriorated the effectiveness of such impact. Prof. Jia Jianmin from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen gave a presentation on "The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Human Mobility, Digital Behavior and Industries", who shared his "risk source" model that leverages the population mobility, the model of network data usage on App and displayed statistical data of the impact on industrial sectors during pandemic. The three scholars' presentation echoed the theme of "Changing Landscape", who elaborated on the world's macro and micro changes brought by Covid-19 in all aspects.

Liu Shaoxuan, Associate Dean of ACEM presided at the panel discussion on "Transformation in Enterprise Management and Business Education in an Era of Change". The panelists described the key words summarized from their different perspectives in the changing landscape and shared their unique experience in their respective industries. Huo Baofeng, Dean of College of Management and Economics from Tianjin University, pointed out that talent training in universities should get aligned with industrial needs, and both academic and corporate communities should join hands to cultivate innovative talents in the changing landscape. Gan Pin, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd. said that the semiconductor industry required the collaboration of the government and the entire industrial chain. For example, the automotive chips should be integrated into the long industrial chain of automobile manufacturing, thus coordinating the planning and preventing the redundancy. Ying Guangwei, Executive Director of the subsidiary corporation of China Huadian Group Co., Ltd. pointed out that under the "dual carbon" target, economic and social infrastructure could bring new changes and new investments, and digital technology would be the main driver for industrial evolution. Zhu Wei, Deputy Secretary of CPC and CIO of Jiangnan Shipyard (Group) Co., Ltd. started from the concept, and then shared the achievements and experiences of digital transformation of the shipyard from the bottom of the "Smile curve" to ascend to the top of the "Musashi curve".

Young Scholars Colloquium was co-chaired by Prof. Lai Guoming from the University of Texas at Austin and Prof Rong Ying from ACEM. Prof Chen Fangruo and Zheng Huan from ACEM, Associate Professor Deng Tianhu from Department of Industrial Engineering of Tsinghua University, Prof. Yu Peiwen from School of Economics and Business Administration of Chongqing University, Associate Professor Dennis Zhang from the University of Washington at St. Louis and Associate Professor Karen Zheng from MIT conducted a series of discussions centered on the topic "Academic Research and Industry Collaboration". Chen Fangruo believed that the cooperation between the academic community and the industry was indispensable, who also suggested that young scholars should focus on and prepare for in-depth study of the industry while completing their own work. He also expressed that under the strategic guidance of two types of scholarship, horizontal (academic) and vertical (industry) reinforcing each other and connecting theory with practice, ACEM was taking various measures to help young scholars overcome difficult problems they encountered in industrial research, while reforming the college's assessment system, supporting resources allocation, creating an atmosphere of "going out to do research" and actively engaging the alumni. The panelists also shared their valuable experience in cooperating with the industrial community. Zheng Huan proposed the idea that cooperative projects should be carried out in a phased manner, which covered gradual steps from exchange, learning, case writing, to data analysis and intensive cooperation. Yu Peiwen and Dennis Zhang summarized multiple channels for collaboration with enterprises and introduced the experience how to maintain long-term and effective cooperation with them. Karen Zheng stressed the communication with the industries in an easy-to-understand manner so that they can fully understand the significance and value of academic methodologies. The panelists all agreed that the cooperation relies on all-win, and cooperation should help enterprises grow in a planned and targeted way to achieve the research targets.

Zheng Huan, Prof. Wu Xiaole from Fudan University, Prof. Rachel R. Chen from University of California, Davis, and Prof. Dong Lingxiu from the University of Washington, St. Louis co-hosted the Female Scholars Forum themed "Career Development and Female Leadership". Many outstanding women from academic and industrial community were invited to participate as guests of honors, including the representatives of the academic community such as Prof. Huang Lihua from Fudan University, Prof. Wang Huimin from Hohai University and Prof. Zhu Qinghua from ACEM, as well as industrial representatives such as Chen Menghuai, Chairman of vTradeEx and COO of o9 Solutions China, Annie Jiang, HR Director of Miele in Asia Pacific and China region, and Yang Jiang, CDO of Aidigger Technologies. The guests warmly and sincerely discussed the topics on career path choice of female scholars, the demand for industrial talents, and the balance between women's work and life.

The finalist presentation session of "Best Paper Award" was presided over by Prof. Song Jingsheng from Duke University, and Prof. Wan Guohua from ACEM, who were Chairman and Co-chairman of the "Best Paper Award" Review Committee respectively. Song Jingsheng introduced the review committee and the evaluation process, and announced the six finalists' papers. Presided over by Wan Guohua, the representatives of the papers reported their research and achievements, and interacted with the participates in the Q&A session. Prof. Chen Hongmin from ACEM presided over the finalist presentation session of "Management Practice Award". Zhang Wei, Chairman of the review committee of the award introduced the review committee and the evaluation process, and announced the three shortlisted teams. Following the presentations in a heated atmosphere, Chen Hongmin concluded that the future research in management science community should focus on the coordination of practice and science, the equilibrium of being interesting and useful, so that the research will be of academic, economic and social values. The final results of the two awards will be published on the conference website after on-site deliberation by the assessors.

Combining ACEM's current development strategy of "Two types of scholarship, horizontal (academic) and vertical (industry) reinforcing each other and connecting theory with practice" and its development policy to "Be firmly rooted in the management practice in China; promote social and economic development; improve economic and management theory", this annual conference discussed the cutting-edge issues in management science and engineering from the perspectives of the application of various disruptive technologies, of exploring the best practice models in domestic and overseas markets, of the constantly changing and global competitive landscape, and of various challenges facing human development, aiming to promote the integration of theories and practices in management science and engineering, which is of great significance to strengthen the contacts and exchanges between academic and industrial communities from home and abroad. The 14th conference is scheduled to be held at Harbin Institute of Technology. Let's look forward to the next successful conference in 2022 in Harbin, also known as the famous "Ice City".

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