Teaching and Research
I am doing research in operations and supply chain management areas. Many people think that operations management is only useful for manufacturing industries. In fact, operations and supply chain management is fundamental for all business industries and the public sector. Today, companies like Wal-Mart and Amazon.com have the top operations teams among the world. You will be surprised to see that even investment banks have operations groups. In the past two decades, the expansion and integrity of global economic system make supply chain management the key factor for companies to succeed. I am very excited to work in this area. My major research interest is using stochastic models to help companies find the optimal operations solutions. My focuses are in inventory management and supply chain management. My most recent research interest is to see how the service level constraint should be considered in the decision making process.
I have been in GSU since 2009, and have witnessed the significant changed happened in both the university and The College of Business and Public Administration. The enrollment of freshman in 2014 indicates a phase of GSU. For the College of Business and Public Administration, the AACSB accreditation process and new majors such as online MBA in Supply Chain Management are definitely exciting to me. These changes make both GSU and the College of Business and Public Administration can provide better services to our students and local community. I always believe that business students should keep a close tie with the business world. I am very happy to teach the diversified student body of GSU, where many students can bring their personal experience to the classroom. The most exciting part of my position at GSU is the opportunities to help students learn knowledge and develop skills that will benefit their future career, and help them to grow into successful professionals.
My service activities can be found in both the University community and the operations management community. I have been actively involved in many programs and committees at university and college levels. I had served in the university faculty senate and university excellent award committee. Now, I am in the university Academic Program Review Committee and Faculty Development Advisory Council. In the operations management community, I have served as referees for “Manufacture & Service Operations Management” and DSI Annual Conference Proceedings. I had also served as co-chair of the educational committee of CSCMP Chicago Roundtable.
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Tian