Plenary Sessions

Thomas Choi
Professor of Supply Chain Management / Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management

Title and abstract

Emerging Innovations in Supply and Procurement Management

We hear about cognitive analytics and big data, blockchain technology, fintechs and supply chain financing, cyber security, etc. Based on recently completed CAPS Research projects, we will consider some of the potential implications of these emerging innovations on supply and procurement management. CAPS is a non-profit research organization that works with Chief Procurement Officers of large multinational companies.

Thomas Choi is Harold E. Fearon Eminent Scholar Chair of Purchasing Management at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He leads the study of the upstream side of supply chains, where a buying company interfaces with many suppliers organized in various forms of networks.
He has published in the Academy of Management Executive, Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and others. He has co-authored two trade books on purchasing and supply management.
Professor Choi is executive director of CAPS Research, a joint venture between Arizona State University and the Institute for Supply Management. He also co-directs the Complex Adaptive Supply Networks Research Accelerator (CASN-RA), a research group made up of scholars from around the world interested in supply networks and complexity.
He has consulted with numerous corporations including Samsung, Toyota, Volvo, and U.S. Department of Energy. He served as co-EIC for the Journal of Operations Management from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, he was recognized as the Distinguished Operations Management Scholar by the OM Division at the Academy of Management.

Alison Coudene
Nestle Global Category Leader

Title and abstract
Nestlé believe in creating shared value. As a long term manufacturing company we need and will continue to need good quality materials. These will be available in the future, as long as they are managed in a sustainable way, from an environmental, social and financial point of view. We take this respect for the environment and communities into our own plants. Sustainable systems make financial sense in the long run and in addition to this, profitable growth has to be built on compliant as well as ethically sound practices. I will briefly explain our creating shared value approach and give examples from the raw and packing materials that we source as well as actions we have taken within our manufacturing sites.

Alison began working as a physics teacher in the UK. After 5 years she moved to the Nestlé head office in Switzerland to join a team who worked to improve the productivity of factories around the world. Over the next 5 years she carried out projects in New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Hong Kong, Canada, UK and France. She continued this activity for a further 2 years in Nestlé France and then transferred to the procurement function. For the following 14 years she worked in different areas covering cocoa beans, packaging and dairy products. She is now back in Switzerland and has a role of Global Category Lead for an international team of strategic buyers who buy a variety of ingredients on behalf of all the Nestlé plants. In addition to ensuring supply in procurement we add value by managing the total delivered cost for the required quality. We also support the business with innovation and making sure the products we buy are ethical and sustainable.


Doctoral Workshop Keynote

Daniel Krause (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management in the College of Business at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and his Ph.D. and MBA degrees from Arizona State University. Before arriving at CSU, he taught at several other universities, including the University of Victoria (B.C., Canada), Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Arizona State University, and Michigan State University. He has been a visiting professor at ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain (fall of 2017), the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK (fall of 2010), and WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany (fall of 2006). Dan’s industry experience includes positions in quality assurance and purchasing. His research interests include interorganizational relationships, supplier development, supplier involvement in new product development, and sustainability efforts in supply chains. His publications have appeared in several journals, including Journal of Operations Management, Sloan Management Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Business Horizons, and the International Journal of Production Research.


Keynote II - The transition from linear to circular supply chains

The presentation will focus on how we are moving from the old linear, take-make-dispose supply chains of the past, to new distributed, circular supply chains of the future. The presentation will provide a practical insight into how companies are having to adapt to the new expectancy of immediacy, and how the global supply chains that have served us so well for the past 20 years, are already failing in today's new business world.

Mike Wilson, Panalpina
Global Head of Logistics and Manufacturing


Mike Wilson is Global Head of Logistics and Manufacturing for Panalpina, a Swiss based Global Third Party Logistics (3PL) provider with over 14,500 employees across more than 70 countries. Mike has been with the company for almost seven years and during this time, he has taken Panalpina's Logistics division from losses of almost $50m into a growing, profitable business and has spread its service offering into non-traditional Third Party Logistics activities. Under Mike's leadership, Panalpina has developed a strong logistics and manufacturing footprint and has embraced and invested in innovative new technologies such as 3D printing. He was the inspiration behind The Panalpina Research Centre at Cardiff University, which has developed several award-winning, original research programs across a broad spectrum of supply chain and manufacturing. Mike started his career as an Industrial Engineer in traditional metal and plastic manufacturing as well as in the electronics industry before moving into Operations Management. He became Head of UK Operations for Design to Distribution, the manufacturing subsidiary of Fujitsu/ICL which subsequently became part of Celestica in the mid-1990s - one of the world's largest Electronics Manufacturing Services providers where he ran the $3.5bn European business until 2003 and became part of what was, up until that time, the largest IPO in the electronics industry. Mike found his way into Third Party Logistics with Exel as President of Technology, which subsequently became DHL. Following some time in Asia, working independently setting up manufacturing and supply chains, he joined Panalpina in 2011. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration from Cardiff University. 


Andrew Lahy, Panalpina Global Head of Strategy and Innovation in Logistics

Andrew Lahy is currently Global Head of Strategy and Innovation in Logistics at Panalpina. Andrew has worked in a number of operational and commercial roles across the world, and specialises in global supply chain management and logistics. Andrew has published a number of papers on lean, supply chain innovation and 3DP and was recently listed by the Lean Management Journal as one of the top 25 most influential people in Europe for his contributions. A guest lecturer on supply chain management at Buckingham University and Cardiff University, Andrew is also currently working on a Phd. looking at the development of PaaS (Product as a Service) and its impact on supply chains.