July 14, 2003


LOS ANGELES — Uday Karmarkar, Times Mirror Professor of Management Strategy and Policy, is the recipient of the 2003 Distinguished Service Award given annually by The Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) of INFORMS. This award recognizes individuals whose distinguished service to MSOM has helped to significantly advance the goals and objectives of the Society. Prof. Karmarkar, who received a recognition plaque and a $400 honorarium, was honored for his exemplary service to the field of operations management.

MSOM encourages discussion and interaction among individuals who have interest in manufacturing and service operations management so as to advance the levels of theory, technology and practice in these areas.

Dr. Karmarkar is research director of the Center for Management in the Information Economy at The Anderson School at UCLA and a professor of decisions, operations and technology management. Under his leadership, the Center promotes applied research on all management aspects of the information economy and creates and conducts educational programs and seminars for business students as well as the business community.

An excerpt from his award reads:

"Prof. Karmarkar was largely responsible for founding TECMAN, the ORSA Technical Section on Manufacturing, in the early 1980s. His vision was of a group that involved both academics and people from industry, so one of the main features of TECMAN's constitution was a requirement that the chair of the group should alternate between somebody from university and somebody from industry. This contributed to a very valuable dialogue and to the establishment and development of relationships between academics and industry people that have been the basis of considerable subsequent research and its application."

Dr. Karmarkar's consulting and research projects include e-business strategy, manufacturing strategy, business processes, supply chain management, industrial marketing, and technology management for a various companies, including Becton Dickinson, Aditya Birla Group, American Cimflex, Deere and Company, Eastman Kodak, Ford, GM, WW Grainger, Hindustan Lever, IBM, Thomson Publishing and Xerox. He is an advisor to or director of several start-up companies engaged in sectors such as eCRM, ERP, IT-enabled services, on-line and desktop educational systems, advanced decision systems and data mining software.

Prof. Karmarkar is also the founder of the Journal of Manufacturing and Operations Management, which established a publication style and editorial organization that has been followed by other publications. Additionally, he has published more than 60 articles and research papers in his areas of expertise.

Dr. Karmarkar received a Ph.D. in management science from MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

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