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BCTIM Events and Other Activities

Each year, BCTIM hosts conferences and seminars that address important topics and emerging trends in supply chain management research and practice.

The Meir J. Rosenblatt Seminar Series brings together prominent thinkers and practitioners in the fields of technology, information, and manufacturing. The annual Conference on Integrated Risk Management in Operations & Global Supply Chains focuses on the interfaces and gaps between academia and industry on the important issue of risk management within supply chain management. And BCTIM’s one-day industry conferences allow attendees to explore topics and research relevant to members and their organizations.

BCTIM/Operation and Supply Chain Seminar Series

The Center organizes a seminar series each year in which prominent professionals in the operations and supply chain fields are invited to present. The following is a listing of past speakers. Bios and abstracts are available in PDF format following the topic.

Speaker: Professor Aydın Alptekinoğlu, SMU Cox School of Business
Topic: “When to Carry Eccentric Products? Optimal Retail Assortment under Consumer Returns”
PDF: Abstract and bio
Date and location: Friday, September 28, 2012, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m., Simon Hall, room 103

Speaker: Professor Leon Yang Chu, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Topic: "Bundled Procurement for (Free) Technology Acquisition and Future Competition"
PDF: Abstract and bio
Date and location: Friday, October 19, 2012, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Knight Center 220

Speaker: Professor Owen Wu, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Topic: “Curtailing Intermittent Generation in Electrical Systems”
PDF: Abstract and bio
Date and location: Friday, September 7, 2012, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m., Knight Center, room 220

Speaker: Professor Jing-Sheng (Jeannette) Song, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Topic: “A New Accounting Framework for Supply Chain Inventory Finance”
PDF: Abstract and bio
Date and location: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 10:30 – 12:00 p.m., Knight Center, room 220

Corporate Board Member’s Roundtables

Discuss operational challenges, compare processes, and share strategies during faculty-led roundtables with executives from other industries. The exchanges are an excellent way to observe new business models, benchmark your activities against best practices, and network with leaders from successful organizations. Roundtable topics drive future BCTIM research and initiatives.

Health Care Roundtables

A special group of health care-related corporate members takes advantage of our projects, conferences and roundtables. Our health care roundtables focus on industry-specific issues, such as cost pressures, regulatory changes, medical informatics, drug competition, and other factors that affect quality of care, delivery, and operational efficiency. We discuss lean and technology-based process transformation best practices on health care procurement, operations, and supply chain methods.

Talent Acquisition

BCTIM provides members the unique opportunity to meet and engage with dozens of Olin’s most promising supply chain students through networking events, student internship recommendations, and customized recruiting plans. Over the years, we have had a successful track record of placing standout students in challenging and fulfilling supply chain roles.


The BCTIM hosts annual conferences that focus on issues related to global supply chain management. Conferences provide faculty, students, and center affiliates the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and academic experts on various topics emerging in the field. These major events, sponsored by the Center, offer academia and partner companies engagement opportunities and a chance to learn about current issues being faced in supply chain management.