About this research seminar series

The objective of this research seminar series is to provide a platform to connect global academics, researchers, and practitioners in industrial and systems engineering, management science, and engineering (covering a broad range of application domains, such as construction, finance, healthcare, logistics and transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain). Distinguished scholars and industrial leaders will share their significant and innovative visions, insights, and ideas with the participants and nurture the younger generation of researchers who will lead our future.

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Next Seminar

Xenophon Koufteros

Jenna & Calvin R. Guest Professor in Business Administration at the Mays Business School,
Eppright University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, and Director of the Supply Chain Consortium, 
Texas A&M University


Decision Sciences Journal  

Date and time:  June 24 (Thur), 2021, 21:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]


Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/93965533071       Zoom meeting ID: 939 6553 3071


Seminar Title: 

Supply Management & Ethical Decision Making: Behavioral Experiments


Supply managers and executives are under direct pressure to perform. Top management and external constituents expect supply management to reduce spend in order to bolster profitability. Thus, they may institute a compensation structure that motivates supply managers and executives to contain spend. To exacerbate the situation, supply managers and executives may get tempted to stray from ethical behavior due to the large amount of money they handle and due to lucrative but often unethical actions by sales personnel. This research uses a lab experiment approach to examine whether the reward structure (i.e., beneficiary - Mazar et al. 2008; Umphress et al. 2010; Gino et al. 2013, and timing – O’Donoghue & Rabin 2000; Strathman et al., 1994; Loewenstein & Prelec, 1992) and other salient factors (such as context, motivation, and personal characteristics) have an effect on ethical behavior. Specifically, we posit that the beneficiary of a bonus (the individual who undertakes the decision, or the group/organization), the timing (in the near future - next paycheck, or in about a year – at the anniversary of contract), and the safety of the product (low, or high probability of failure that can result in injury or even death) may impact ethical behavior. The participants included thousands of subjects from the US, China, and Italy that completed the lab assignment on two different administrations, spread one week apart.

During the first administration, the subjects assumed the role of a Director of Supply Management of a supplier of the automotive industry who issued a Request for Quotations (RFQs) to purchase transmission cases. One of the bidding suppliers attempted to gain advantage by soliciting information about the competitor bids from the director. Prior to the presentation of the scenario, the subjects read the ethical standards issued by the Institute for Supply Management and were administered a quiz in order to assure that they fully understood that sharing bid information would be an unethical choice. During the second administration, the subjects had to respond to the solicitation; they could simply reply that they cannot share the information, they could share the information and note the lowest bid, or they could relate any reasonable price below the actual lowest bid. Results suggest that 47% of the subjects acted ethically and did not share the lowest bid information with the supplier. About 19% of the subjects shared the correct lowest bid information while almost 34% of the subjects reported bid information which was below the lowest bid and thus were deceitful. More detailed results will be discussed regarding this experiment.

A longitudinal experiment relying on responses from more than 500 individuals will also be discussed. In essence, individuals were subjected to ethical dilemmas in supply management over 10 episodes spread over 10 weeks. This latter experiment reveals the dynamic nature of subject behavior, which is characterized by a rather switching behavior. We employ an empirically-driven modeling approach and develop a Bayesian model that incorporates the dynamic decision-making process explicitly.  Based on a sample of 301 participants, our results suggest that individuals indeed exhibit ethical dynamics when making decisions in a supply chain management context.  Exposure to ethics education is shown to be conducive in improving consistency in ethical supply chain decisions.  However, we show that the effects of ethics education on ethical dynamics are asymmetric as it is more effective in inducing moral cleansing than in discouraging moral licensing.  Other factors such as gender and income may also be asymmetrically associated with moral consistency relative to moral balancing.  We then conduct a second exploratory study using a set of another 233 participants to demonstrate the robustness of our findings across samples.  More importantly, we use an extended model to shed light on how the effects of ethics education may change over time.  We discuss the managerial implications of these results in terms of promoting not only ethical but also consistent behaviors in supply chain management. 

Speaker Bio: 

Xenophon Koufteros is a full Professor of Supply Chain Management at the Mays Business School, Texas A & M University where he also holds the Jenna & Calvin R. Guest Professorship in Business and the Eppright University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. He also serves as the Director of the Supply Chain Consortium at the Mays Business School. Prof. Koufteros has published over 55 articles in refereed journals including Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Structural Equations Modeling, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, and International Journal of Production Economics amongst others. Dr. Koufteros is currently serving as a co-editor-in-Chief of Decision Sciences Journal. Prof. Koufteros also served as Associate Editor of Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Journal of Business Logistics. He received multiple times the Best Associate Editor Award for the Journal of Operations Management and for the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the Best Empirical Paper Award for Decision Sciences Journal. He is also a member of the editorial board for Production & Operations Management, Structural Equation Modeling: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Educational & Psychological Measurement. He currently conducts research in sourcing decisions when ethical considerations are invoked. His recent studies are behavioral in nature and involve an experimental methodology. His prior work addressed integration issues in the realm of supply chain management with a product development and innovation focus. One of his manuscripts in this area is the second most downloaded (16,685 times) paper ever for the Decision Sciences Journal and it is the 15th most cited paper ever for the journal over a 50 year span. In 2012 he was ranked as one of the World’s Top Innovation Management Scholars, in “Perspective: Ranking of the World’s Top Innovation Management Scholars and Universities,” (based on unadjusted # of authors counts of papers in top 8 Management & Marketing journals) J PROD INNOV MANAG 2012; 29(2):319–331.


Prof. Koufteros teaches courses across all levels and he received numerous teaching awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award – Teaching, at the University level, and at the Mays Business School - Texas A&M University, Association of Former Students. In 2018, he was designated as Poets & Quants’ Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors, a global recognition. In 2019, he received the Wickham Skinner Teaching Award from the POM Society for Teaching Innovation. In 2020, we was awarded the Eppright University Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. He also received several awards for his service to the profession and students, such as the Distinguished Achievement Award – Individual Student Relationships, at the University level, Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University.


Upcoming Speakers

(in the order of seminar date and alphabetical order of surname)

Celso Ribeiro

Full Professor at the Department of Computer Science,

Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

General Editor, 

International Transactions in Operational Research


July 7 (Wed), 2021


20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Optimization models in sports scheduling and applications


Stephen T. Newman

Professor of Innovative Manufacturing Technology,

Department of Mechanical Engineering,

University of Bath


International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing


July 28 (Wed), 2021


20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Additive Manufacturing of Large Components


Suzanne de Treville

Professor of Operations Management,

University of Lausanne


Journal of Operations Management


Sep 15 (Wed), 2021


20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Seminar title:

Building Responsiveness into Supply-Chain Decision Making


Alexandre Dolgui

Distinguished Professor
and Head of the Automation, Production, and Computer
Sciences Department,

IMT Atlantique

International Journal of Production Research

Seminar title:

Stochastic Programming Approach for Capacitated Disassemly Lotsizing under Dynamic Demand and Random Component Refurbishing Times


Andrew Kusiak


Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

University of Iowa 

Director of Intelligent Systems Laboratory


Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

Seminar title:

Digital Manufacturing and Service Enterprises


Alice E. Smith

Joe W. Forehand/Accenture Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Auburn University

INFORMS Journal on Computing

Seminar title:

Innovative Uses of Drones for

Last Mile Delivery with a Focus on Healthcare


David Simchi-Levi

Professor of

Engineering Systems,




MIT Data Science Lab

Management Science

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning



Other Events

We are very pleased to co-organize the "Editors-in-Chief Conference on Transportation Economics", one of the major events of The 8th International Conference on Transportation and Space-time Economics (TSTE2020) sponsored and organized by Beijing Jiaotong University. It is our great pleasure to be invited by the organizing committee of TSTE2020 and contribute as a co-organizer. In this event, six editors-in-chief of first-class transportation economics journals will gather and give keynote speeches. All are welcome to join! [Details]


Date and time:

Nov 21 (Sat), 2020, 20:00 HKT (GMT+8)  [Local time]

Zoom link: https://hku.zoom.us/j/98484078641

Zoom meeting ID: 984 8407 8641


Previous Speakers

(in the order of seminar date)

Recorded videos will be available typically in 2 to 4 weeks after the seminar.

Christopher S. Tang

Distinguished Professor of UCLA and
Edward Carter Chaired Professor in Business Administration,

UCLA Anderson School of Management


Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Seminar title:

Faster Deliveries and Smarter Order Assignments for an On-Demand Meal Delivery Platform


Stefan Minner

Full Professor for Logistics and Supply Chain Management,

School of Management,

Technical University of Munich 


International Journal of Production Economics

Seminar title:

A Data-Driven Approach to Strategic Inventory Placement in Multi-Echelon Networks


Lihui Wang

Professor and Chair of

Sustainable Manufacturing,

Department of Production Engineering,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology



International Journal of Manufacturing Research

Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

​Journal of Manufacturing Systems

Seminar title:

Brain Robotics for Human-Robot Collaboration


Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen

Chancellor's Professor and Department Chair,

Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research,

University of California, Berkeley


the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)

Seminar title:

A Practical End-to-End Inventory Management Model with Deep Learning


Hau L. Lee

Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology,

Graduate School of Business,

Stanford University

Founding Faculty Director,

Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)

Stanford Value Chain Innovations Initiative

Seminar title:

The New Supply Chain Renaissance


Ren C. Luo

Irving T. Ho Chair Professor and Life Distinguished Professor, 

National Taiwan University


IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics

Seminar title:

AIoT and Robotics Driving Paradigm Shift of Intelligent Manufacturing Automation


Jianjun Shi

The Carolyn J. Stewart Chair and Professor,

H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

Georgia Institute of Technology


IISE Transactions (2017-2020)

Seminar title:

Machine Learning Enabled Quality Improvement in Smart Manufacturing Systems


Miroslaw J. Skibniewski

Chair Professor,

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,

University of Maryland


Automation in Construction

Seminar title: 

New Threats and Opportunities in Construction Industry Supply Chains


Tsan-Ming Choi Jason

Professor of Fashion Business,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Transportation Research Part E

Department Editor,

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management


Senior Editor,

Production and Operations Management

Seminar title:

Supply Chain Coordination with Risk-Sensitive Agents: Recent Advances


John Birge

Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor of Operations

University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Editor-in-Chief, Operations Research

Seminar title:

The Impact of Supply Chain Network Structure on Risk Propagation


Ming Hu

Distinguished Professor of Business Operations and Analytics,

Rotman School of Management,

University of Toronto

Editor-in-Chief, Naval Research Logistics

Seminar title:

Several Queueing Models in On-Demand Economy


René de Koster

Professor of Logistics and Operations Management,

Department of Technology and Operations Management,

Rotterdam School of Management (RSM),

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Associate Editor,Transportation Science,

Service Science, andOperations Research

Seminar title:

Statistical Learning in Operations: The Interplay between Online and Offline learning



International Advisory Committee

John Birge, University of Chicago

Tsan-Ming Choi Jason, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ming Hu, University of Toronto

George G.Q. Huang, The University of Hong Kong

Hau L. Lee, Stanford University

Ren C. Luo, National Taiwan University

Stefan Minner, Technical University of Munich

Zuo-Jun (Max) Shen, The University of Hong Kong

Jianjun Shi, Georgia Institute of Technology

Miroslaw J. Skibniewski, University of Maryland

Christopher S. Tang, University of California, Los Angeles

Lihui Wang, KTH Royal Institute of Technology


Organizing Committee



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