TEMSCON 2020 : Managing Macro Level Supply Chain Disruptions: Lessons from COVID-19


This talk discusses supply chain strategies and practices that have contributed to the disruptions we are currently facing amid COVID-19. We present both short-term and long-term strategies that companies can utilize to mitigate the impact of such a disruption in the future. We also highlight the importance of strengthening the nexus between academic research and practice in designing and operating robust and resilient supply chains.


Sri Talluri earned the B. S. degree in mechanical engineering in India in 1989, the M. S. degree in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering and the Ph. D. degree in production and operations management from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992 and 1996, respectively. He is the Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. His research interests are in the areas of supply risk, buyer-supplier relationships and supply contracts, sustainability in supply chains, technology management, and performance evaluation. Sri’s methodological expertise lies in the areas of optimization methods (deterministic and stochastic models), game theory, empirical methods (statistical models), and data envelopment analysis. He has more than 95 journal publications in a variety of top-tier academic journals including the IIE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Production and Operations Management Journal, Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and has presented papers in various national and international conferences. Sri has over 10,000 citations of his work and an h-index of 46.

Dr. Talluri was designated as a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) in 2019. He is one of the 116 fellows of DSI over the 50-year rich history of the organization. Sri was also a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics for the year 2016-2017, and currently holds the position of Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was the recipient of the Dean’s Research Excellence Award in 2019, and John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar Award for outstanding scholarly contributions in 2004. He currently serves as the Department Editor for Decision Sciences Journal and the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Editorial Review Board Member for Production and Operations Management Journal and the International Journal of Production Research. He was also the past Senior Editor for Decision Sciences Journal and Guest Senior Editor for Production and Operations Management Journal. Sri served as the Conference Chair for the 47th Annual Decision Sciences Institute Conference, Track Chair for Supply Chain Management at the 14th and 16th Annual Production and Operations Management Conferences, and the Track Chair for Sourcing Management for the 18th Annual POMS Conference. In addition, he was the Associate Executive Director for POMS from 2006-2009. He is a member of honor societies, such as Alpha Pi Mu & Phi Kappa Phi, and professional organizations, which include the DSI, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).

Professor Talluri has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of supply chain management, operations management, operations research/management science, and statistics.

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