The Institute of Business Logistics and General Management (LogU) of TUHH again sent two representatives to this year’s Production and Operation Management Society (POMS) Conference in Vancouver, Canada (http://www.pomsmeetings.org/Confevents/015/). Philipp Hohrath und Sebastian Brockhaus attended the gathering of international researchers and practitioners on Canada’s west coast. They each presented their research projects and gathered information about state of the art research in the areas of operations, supply chain management, risk management and sustainability.
Philipp presented his insights in the vulnerability of supply networks in a presentation with the title „Supply Chains’ Risk Exposure and Configuration“. Philipp also chaired the session. Sebastian and Prof. A. Michael Knemeyer presented their joint research project between TUHH and the Fisher College of Business of the Ohio State University. Their presentation titled „Integrating Sustainability Programs Across Supply Chains – An Exploratory Study“, provided first results of this study and outlined further research plans. Both sessions were well attended and attracted 20 – 30 listeners. This amplifies the topicality of both research areas. The abstracts of the presentations are available to download.
POMS 2010 was attended by about 1.000 international researchers and practitioners. Besides presentations about the guiding theme of POMS 2010 “Operations in Emerging Economies”, various topics and research projects were presented and eagerly discussed in up to 20 parallel sessions. Among the highlights of the conference were the closing ceremony with Prof. Marshall Fisher (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), where awards were given to members of POM Society and the plenary presentation by Prof. Hau Lee (Stanford University).
Prior to the main conference, Philipp and Sebastian attended the annual meeting of the POMS College of Sustainable Operations, held as a mini-conference on the 6th of May. At this mini-conference, research with a focus on sustainable operations was presented and future developments and their expected impact on research, business and politics was intensively discussed. The great diversity of topics and views shared by the presenters and attendees underlines the importance of the topic. Additionally, the significance of sustainability for POMS was emphasized by the attendance of future president of POM Society Prof. Luk van Wassenhove (INSEAD Business School) of the mini-conference.
The 22. POMS Conference 2011 will be held in Reno, Nevada. Following this year’s interesting and successful conference, LogU will make sure to provide two contributions to POMS 2011.