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Devos Research

Doug and Maria DeVos - Faculty Summer Research Awards

The Doug and Maria DeVos Faculty Summer Support Award in Global Supply Chain Management has generously awarded $25,000 to Krannert faculty each year in support for research with themes revolving around Global Supply Chain Management, conducted over the summer academic break. This important sponsorship has been funded since 2005 and has benefited a diverse set of faculty from across the Krannert School of Management. Without these vital funds, chosen faculty would have been unable to carry out their important mission of looking at Global Supply Chain Management thorough a rigorous academic lens, innovating new approaches and applying fresh solutions.

Each year, the research style has varied from theory development to empirical research based on primary or secondary data sets. While the primary purpose of the research funding was aimed at enabling faculty to pursue their research agenda, which complements the GSCMI’s mission, additional incentive has been provided to researchers willing to broadly communicate the results of their summer work to DCMME/GSCMI center partners through the annual Fall Operations Conference.
The summary of researchers and their DeVos Research overviews that follow are a tribute not only to the academic capability that can be found at the Krannert School of Management, but also to the entire DeVos family, for which this work is dedicated.

The summary of researchers and their DeVos Research overviews that follow are a tribute not only to the academic capability that can be found at the Krannert School of Management, but also to the entire DeVos family, for which this work is dedicated.

We are proud to have been the guardians of the DeVos Faculty Summer Support Award in Global Supply Chain Management for its 7-year term (2005-2012), and are equally proud of the strong works that were born due to the DeVos’s family leadership in promoting research in the field of Global Supply Chain Management studies.

2012: Qi Annabelle Feng

Associate Professor, Operations Management

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas, 2005
B.Eng., Economics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1999

Research Topic: Dynamics and Localization of Suppliers in Developing Countries

Qi Annabelle Feng is an associate professor at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. Before joining Purdue, she taught at McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Operations Management from UT Dallas in 2006 and her undergraduate degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1999. 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. Her papers on these topics have appeared in many journals such as Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Operations Research and Production and Operations Management. Feng is a Senior 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 Accompaniment Award in 2012. Her work on product proliferation with HP won the 2009 Edelman Award sponsored by INFORMS.

2012: Karthik Kannan

Associate Professor of Management

Ph.D., Information Systems, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001
M.Phil., Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000
B.E., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, REC, 1996

Research Topic: Shaping Consumer Demand Within the Supply Chain

The main focus of this proposal is to investigate consumer behavior may be shaped and other activities within the supply chain may be coordinated in order to achieve higher profits. There is little prior work addressing this issue. The proposed research is not only interesting from an academic standpoint but also from the perspective of the industry. The company, with whom we are currently working, has agreed to experimentally validate some of the results. They may even subsequently adopt the implementations we propose. More broadly, our insights are expected to be relevant even to other supply chain scenarios where there is an opportunity for companies to coordinate their consumer behavior shaping activities with other activities in the supply chain. These opportunities are increasingly since the Internet channel is becoming integral part of the supply chain in a increasing number of companies.

Professor Kannan’s current research focuses on markets and pricing of information goods/services through auctions, and economics of information security. His papers have been accepted in several leading conferences and journals in the information systems area, including Management Science, Information Systems Research, Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, Workshop on Information Systems Economics, International Conference on Information Systems, and Conference on Information System and Technology. His papers have won the Best Paper Awards in the 10th and the 15th Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Management Science, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly. He is a member of AIS and INFORMS. He is also a CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow.

A report he prepared with his colleagues, Professors Jackie Rees and Eugene H. Spafford, for McAfee Inc. received media coverage (e.g., CNET, Bloomberg) and, with respect to that report, he is quoted in Forbes.

Professor Kannan's teaching interests include database management, electronic commerce and telecommunication. He typically teaches the core MIS course in both the undergraduate and the graduate programs at Krannert. He has also been recognized as a distinguished teacher in the MBA program.

2012: Gemma Berenguer

Assistant Professor, Operations Management

Ph.D., IEOR, University of California Berkeley, 2012
M.Eng., Supply Chain Management and Logistics, MIT-ZLC, 2007 
M.S., Economics, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, 2006
Llicenciatura de Matematiques, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, 2005

Research Topic: Healthcare Nonprofit Supply Chains: Performance Metrics and Benchmarking

Private nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and governmental agencies are the mainstay of healthcare provision in low-income countries. These organizations are funded by international donors that try to efficiently allocate aid between a portfolio of recipient entities based on some performance metrics. Subsequently, NPOs and governments adjust their supply chains to improve their performance along the metrics set by the donors, so as to maximize their assigned funds. Nonetheless, a bad selection of metrics might jeopardize good supply chain practices that trigger operational efficiency. The purpose of our study is to improve the efficiency of healthcare nonprofit supply chains by suggesting performance metrics that improve allocative and operational efficiency. We also seek to advise those organizations that are not on the efficient frontier on how to improve their performance by adjusting their supply chains.

Gemma Berenguer is an assistant professor at Krannert School of Management, Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. Degree from the University of California at Berkeley before joining Purdue. Her research interests include integrated supply chain design problems, nonprofit and health care supply chain management, and the design of regulatory mechanisms for environmental policies. Professor Berenguer teaches operations management and sustainable and socially responsible operations in the undergraduate and MBA programs. She is a member of INFORMS, POMS and MSOM.