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Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran is Dean and Professor at the School of Business & Public Administration, California State University, Bakersfield. Prior to this, he served as Dean of the Charlton College of Business from 2013 to 2017, Chairperson of the Department of Decision and Information Sciences from 2006-2012, and the founding Director of Business Innovation Research Center (BIRC) from 2006 to 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has over 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented about 50 papers, published 50 articles in conferences, and given a number of invited talks in many countries. He is on the editorial board of several journals. He has organized several international workshops and conferences in the emerging areas of operations management and information systems.

Dr. Subodha Kumar is the Paul R. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He has joint appointments in Information Systems and Statistical Science. He also serves as the Director of Center for Data Analytics and the Ph.D. Concentration Advisor for Operations and Supply Chain Management. Prof. Kumar has held the Carol and G. David Van Houten Professorship at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. He was also a faculty at University of Washington. He holds a Changjiang Scholars Chair Professorship at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China and a Visiting Professorship at the Indian School of Business (ISB). In addition, he is an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prof. Kumar is the Deputy Editor and a Department Editor of Production & Operations Management (POM), and the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Management and Business Review. He has served as a Senior Editor of Decision Sciences (DSI) and an Associate Editor of Information Systems Research (ISR). Additionally, he serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Database Management and International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT. He was the conference chair for POMS 2018 and DSI 2018. Also, he co-chaired the INFORMS Conference on Information Systems and Technology (CIST) in 2011 and the 25th Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS) in 2015. He has been the keynote speaker and track/cluster chairs at leading conferences. He is the Associate Executive Director of POMS Information Technology Services, the Web Editor of POMS, and the Vice President of INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS).

Dr. 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 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 aliated 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 MIT (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 (CPM. 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 recent 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 and 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.