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Current issue of
POMS Chronicle
Vol. 16, No. 1
Q1, 2009

Skinner Awards - 2


As a leading professional society in the field of production and operations management, POMS has the responsibility to influence and recognize outstanding research and teaching accomplishments. The Wickham Skinner Awards are intended to encourage POM scholarship and publication, to promote significant research in the field, to reward academics who have achieved unusually high accomplishment early in their careers, and to facilitate the sharing of innovative new ideas about teaching POM. The award(s) are announced at the closing ceremony of POMS’ annual conference each year.

There are three categories of Wickham Skinner Awards:

A. Best Paper published in Production and Operations Management during the previous year.
B. Early-Career Research Accomplishments
C. Teaching Achievements

For each category, there will be at most two winners of an award (first place with a prize of $1,000 and the runner-up with a prize of $500 or both tied for the first place each with a prize of $1,000). Awards will not be given if the submissions do not meet the standards for each award category. Each award includes:

1. Public Recognition of the award winner(s) at the POMS Meeting
2. A plaque
3. A check for appropriate amount.

A. AWARD FOR PAPER PUBLISHED IN Production and Operations Management

Basis for Best Published Paper Award

Papers will be judged on overall quality with careful attention given to both relevance and rigor. There is no need to apply for this award as the award committee, in consultation with the journals Departmental Editors, will consider all papers published in Production and Operations Management during the previous year.


Definition of Early-Career Researcher

An “Early-Career Researcher” will be defined as someone who has received a doctoral degree (or its equivalent outside of the U.S.A.) within the previous six years. Note that previous winners of this award are not eligible to apply again, but unsuccessful applicants may submit materials in a later year, provided they still meet the career stage requirement.

The portfolio to be submitted will include:

1. A cover letter of no more than two pages applying for the award that highlights the major contributions of the applicant’s entire body of research
2. A copy of the candidate’s resume
3. Copies of one to three key papers
4. A maximum of three letters of recommendation for the award from other academics or area/department chairs describing the applicant’s contribution to research, or from practitioners confirming the successful application of research findings.

Basis for the Early-Career Researcher Award

Accomplishments can be measured in many ways, with publications and presentations given primary importance. Work published (or formally accepted for publication) or presented at a conference within the six-year eligibility period will be considered in the evaluation process if properly documented.

The judges will evaluate the impact of the body of work in terms of its ability to broaden, extend, and alter the way that POM is conceptualized, practiced, and viewed. The judges are not required to give awards if applicants do not meet the standards they establish.


Definition of Teaching Achievements Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize impact and innovation in Production and Operations Management instruction.

Procedure for Submissions

The applicants are required to send a 3-5 page overview of their teaching achievements (positioned in the context of the teaching environment at the applicant’s institution) and favored strategies to committee chair. Beyond this page limit, applicants may attach supporting exhibits, such as those listed below as desired forms of evidence. POMS urges department chairs or peers to encourage worthy candidates to apply.

Award Criteria

In their evaluation of these materials, the judges will give primary attention to:

1. Evidence of pedagogical excellence. This evidence may take forms such as student evaluations, letters of support from former students or assessments of knowledgeable colleagues.
2. Evidence of creativity and/or innovation, which the applicant might express in approaches to teaching (e.g., team teaching, student teams, action learning, role playing, use of technology, etc.) and/or new ways for understanding actual operations problems and the methods that can be applied to deal with them (e.g., frameworks, software, etc.). This evidence could consist of descriptions of teaching techniques by the applicant, letters from students or other academics, or other materials.
3. Evidence of impact. Various types of evidence could be offered to demonstrate that the applicant’s teaching has influenced the world of POM. Having taught large numbers of students is certainly one measure of impact. But more important is evidence that the applicant’s teaching has influenced behavior. This could be documented via letters from former students, statements from people in industry who have hired former students, letters from other academics who have themselves been influenced by the applicant’s teaching (e.g., by adopting a book, case or course structure).

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Early-Career Research Accomplishments

2009: Fuqiang Zhang, Washington University, St. Louis (Winner)
2009: Mahesh Nagarajan, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Runner up)
2008: Xuanming Su, University of California, Berkeley.
2007: Justin Ren, University of Pennsylvania.
2007: Rachna Shah, University of Minnesota
2006: Vishal Gaur, New York University
2005: Terry Taylor, University of Columbia
2005: Metin Cakanyildirim, University of Texas at Dallas
2005: Serguei Netessine, University of Pennsylvania
2004: Gilvan C. Souza, University of Maryland.
2004: Ozalp Ozer, Stanford University.
2003: Geoffrey Parker, Tulane University
2002: Edward Anderson, University of Texas, Austin
2001: Ram Ganeshan, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg
2001: Rohit Verma, University of Utah

Teaching Innovation Award

2008: Kyle Cattani, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
2007: Andy A. Tsay,Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University
2004: Samuel C. Wood, Responsive Learning Technologies and Sunil Kumar, Responsive Learning Technologies (Winners)
2004: Sharon A. Johnson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Amy Z. Zeng, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Runners up)
2003: Vidyaranya B. Gargeya, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2003: Kristie Seawright, (an honorable mention) Brigham Young University
2002: Sanjay Ahire, University of South Carolina
2002: Avraham Shtub, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
2001: Jose Dominguez Machuca, Universidad de Sevilla

Best Unpublished Paper Award

2008: Multi-Period Remanufacturing Planning (First Place)
Meltem Denizel, Faculty of Management, Sabanci University, Orhanli-Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey.
Mark Ferguson, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
Gilvan C. Souza, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, U.S.A.

2008: Offshoring and the Location of Innovation (Second Place)
Brian Fifarek, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.
Francisco Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.
Cliff Davidson, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, U.S.A.

2007: Efficient Take Back Legislation (First Place)
Atalay Atasu, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
Miklos Sarvary, INSEAD , Fontainebleau, France
Luk N. Van Wassenhove, INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France

2006: Category Captainship: Outsourcing Retail Category Management (First Place)
Mumin Kurtulus, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.
Beril Toktay, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.

2006: How Should a Firm Manage Deteriorating Inventory? (Second Place - Tie)
Mark Ferguson, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
Oded Koenigsberg, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, New York, NY, U.S.A

2006: Inventory Signals (Second Place - Tie)
Richard Kum-yew Lai, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, U.S.A.

2005: The Effect of Competition on Recovery Strategies (First Place)
Mark Ferguson, College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.
L. Beril Toktay, INSEAD, Fontainbleau, France

2005: Title (???) (Second Place)
Bin Jiang, DePaul University, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
Michael A. Lapre, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.

2004: An Analysis of Selection Criteria for Grocery Home Delivery and Effects of Operational Execution of Repeat Purchasing (First Place - Tie)
Kenneth K. Boyer, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, U.S.A.
Markham T. Frohlich, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, U.S.A.

2004: Coordination of a Supply Chain with Risk-Averse Agents (First Place - Tie)
Xianghua Gan, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, U.S.A.
Suresh P. Sethi, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, U.S.A.
Houmin Yan, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX, U.S.A.

2004: The Effects of Just-in-Time/Lean Production Practices on Worker Job Stress (Second Place)
Jannis Angelis, Cambridge University
Robert Conti
Cary Cooper, Lancaster University
Brian Faragher
Collin Gill

2003: Airline Performance Improvement Paths: Linking Trade-offs to Asset Frontiers (First Place)
Michael A. Lapré, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.
Gary D. Scudder, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, U.S.A.

2003: Information Sharing to Improve Retail Product Freshness of Perishables (Second Place)
Michael Ketzenberg, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, U.S.A.

2002: Title? (First Place)
Janis Miller, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, U.S.A.
Kirk Karwan
Christopher Craighead

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