Chris Tang

May 17, 2012

Chris Tang Named President-Elect of the Production and Operations Management Society

Plans to urge research relevant to business practice

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Tang, Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration at UCLA Anderson has been elected to serve as President of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) starting in May, 2013. This month, he will begin a one-year term as President-elect.

POMS (  is comprised of academics from business and engineering schools as well as business practitioners. The organization has over two thousand members from 45 countries. "It exists primarily to advance research, teaching and practice," says Professor Tang. POMS is run entirely by volunteers.

Based on a survey of members, Tang has set three objectives - some of which he will launch this year. The first is to launch a promotional campaign to help the organization's journal, Production and Operations Management, be recognized among the top publications in Operations Management. He will call on the organization's thirty Fellows to assist this effort.

Second, he plans to work with the committees planning upcoming national and international conferences to create additional value for academic members as well as practitioners. "For academics, we have traditional paper presentations," he says "but we will also try to engage practitioners more. I plan to start something called the Applied Research Challenge so we would have top practitioners propose research topics and then offer prize money for the best papers. That will encourage more research that is relevant to business practice."

The third objective is to expand the organization's influence in China and India. Professor Tang hopes to increase membership from these countries and also encourage new streams of research that are relevant in these regions. POMS is planning to hold a conference in India with a program focused on emerging issues there. 

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