WDSI 2018
Western Decision Sciences Institute

Tracks Descriptions and Chairs

Track Chairs and descriptions

·       Accounting: Salem Boumediene, Montana State University - Billings.

o   This track covers the broad field of accounting. Theoretical and empirical manuscripts or abstracts concerning any aspect of the accounting field are appropriate. Examples of relevant topics include, but are not limited to: Financial Accounting and Reporting; Managerial; Governmental and Nonprofit; International; Tax; Audit; Forensic Accounting and Fraud; Gender issues; Diversity; Behavioral, Organizational and Social.

·       Business Analytics & Data-Driven Decision Making: Abbas Heiat, Montana State University-Billings.

o    This track covers the research and applications in Business Analytics. It includes process of capturing, inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making. This track welcomes submission of papers covering applications of data mining, visualization, simulation, statistics, mathematics, problem solving, and capturing data in business.

·       Business Environment - Strategy, Policy, Law, Ethics: Xia Zhao, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

o    This track aims to explore the interrelationships between strategic choices of firms and the business environment in which they operate.  The track encourages submissions of papers related to the following topics: Competitive and Cooperative Strategies; Corporate Strategy; Strategy Processes and Practices; Strategic Leadership; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; International Strategy; Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Business Ethics, and Corporate Governance.

·       Cases: Melissa St.James, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

o    Case method of teaching has been an established approach in business education. Recently, this approach is being used much more widely and in many academic disciplines. There is a vast literature on questions like: Is case teaching more effective than lecture teaching in business administration? What are the insights on the use of case studies as a method of instruction? Teaching with the case method online: Pure versus hybrid approaches; What are the best classroom techniques in teaching by the case method? This track seeks papers in all these topics; as well as exemplar of interdisciplinary case studies that do not naturally fit into a specific track or topical area.

·       Finance and Investment: K.C.Chen, California State University, Fresno; Lidija Dedi, University of Zagreb, Croatia; Pia Gupta, California State University, Long Beach.

o    The Finance and Investment Track includes, but are not limited to, the following topics: Asset Allocations & Portfolio Management; Banking & Financial Services; Corporate Debt & Sovereign Debt; Corporate Finance; Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation; Derivatives & Risk Management; Entrepreneurial Finance & Venture Capital; Financial Markets: Integration & Linkages & Segmentation; Financial Stability & Systemic Risk; Fintech; Foreign Exchange Markets; International Finance; IPOs & SEOs & Stock buybacks & Privatization; Market Microstructure and Efficiency;  Mergers and Acquisitions & Business Valuation; Mutual Funds & Hedge Funds & ETFs; Real Estate Finance; Student-Managed Investment Funds (SMIFs).

·       Hospitality Management & Marketing: Natasa Christodoulidou & G. Keong Leong, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

o    This track welcomes research papers that discuss major trends, issues, and developments in a variety of disciplines as they apply to the hospitality industry. The range of sectors covered in this track include restaurants, conferences, conventions, cruises, tourism, entertainment, hotels, and food services. The Hospitality Management and Marketing track also welcomes state-of-the-art reviews and analyses of business practices within the industry.

·       Innovative Education: Rhonda Rhodes & Rita Kumar, Cal Poly Pomona.

o    Innovative Education spans all other tracks of WDSI.  This track welcomes papers that deal with innovation in digital learning environments, hybrid/blended classes, traditional classes, and online classes.  Relevant topics include but are not limited to: descriptions of classroom innovations; tools and techniques needed for engaged learning; contemporary issues relevant to educational effectiveness; pedagogical strategies; program development; and assessment. Any topic dealing with innovative education is welcome.

·       International Business: Burhan F. Yavas, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

o    Over the last several decades national economies have merged into an interdependent and integrated global economic system, commonly referred to as globalization. What are the added challenges and risks faced by business firms in formulating and implementing their strategies? How are different functional areas-marketing, finance, supply chain management...etc. affected by globalization? The IB track welcomes paper submissions that address the above issues within the context of business firms, investors, governments, NGOs and other decision makers.

·       Internet & e-Business: David C. Yen, SUNY Oneonta; Albert Huang, University of the Pacific.

o    The track aims to provide a forum for various research topics about the Internet, including technical, managerial, and electronic business issues. In our view, we believe that MIS track would focus on general issues about information systems and information technology. The Internet and e-Business track focuses on papers more specifically related to Internet.

·       Management Information Systems: Marcus Rothenberger, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

o    The track provides a forum for quantitative & behavioral, qualitative, design, and conceptual research in Information Systems. Submissions are sought from all research areas in the Information Systems field, with the exception of e-Commerce and Data-Driven Decision Making & Analytics, which have their own separate tracks at WDSI.

·       Management Science & Quantitative MethodsSeong-Jong Joo, Air Force Institute of Technology.

o    This track provides a venue to share knowledge on broad approaches in management science and quantitative methods, which are applicable to various business disciplines. Especially, we are interested in papers and presentations on proposing new methodologies, showing novel applications of existing approaches, and demonstrating the applicability of methodologies in other disciplines such as mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, so on. However, to promote the practicality of MSQM, we also welcome various types of applications and/or case studies, which utilize management sciences and quantitative methods.

·       Management, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations: Cynthia Sutton, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

o    This track has broad appeal and potential. Theoretical and empirical abstracts or manuscripts examining any aspect of managing U.S. organizations are appropriate. Examples of relevant topics include but are not limited to: organization development and managing change efforts (e.g., organizational interventions, problems of self-awareness, and the political consequences of organizational development); organizational behavior and leadership (e.g., personality, attitudes, motivation, communication, emotions, stress, performance behaviors, conflict management, negotiation, &/or decision making);  human resource management (e.g., jobs &/or careers, work-life balance, recruiting, selection, training, performance appraisal, discipline, compensation, &/or unions): entrepreneurship and small business (e.g., start-ups. succession planning, replacing founders with professional managers, angel funding, family businesses, competing in dynamic environment, managing human resource issues); and organizational theory (e.g., organizational structure, resource dependency theory, and institutional theory. Abstracts and manuscripts focused on domestic issues related to improved business practices and organizational outcomes are also welcome.

·       Marketing: Jacquelyn Warwick, Andrews University.

o    The marketing track offers the opportunity to submit theoretical and empirical abstracts in all areas pertaining to the field such as research in branding, product design and use, pricing strategies, established and developing distribution techniques, and promotional strategies. Given the changing consumer, the use of social media, the increase in international marketing and the fast changing use of technology, this track brings papers providing innovation and growth to current marketing strategies.

·       Military ApplicationsJeffery D. Weir, Air Force Institute of Technology; Eddine Dahel, Naval Post-Graduate School.

o    This track has broad appeal and potential.  It seeks to disseminate research that describes the application of decision science methodologies and theories in military operations.   Many problems currently being researched by military organizations have broad applicability to other public and private organizations, thus the interest of this track to provide a forum for sharing ideas that can transition to or from military applications.

·       Modeling & Simulation: Khosrow Moshirvaziri, California State University, Long Beach; Saeideh Fallah-Fini, Cal Poly Pomona.

o    A model is a representation of a system of some sort and Modeling and Simulation(M&S) refers to using models – physical, mathematical, or logical abstraction of a system, entity, phenomenon, or process – as a basis for simulations – methods for implementing a model statically or dynamically – to develop data as a basis for managerial or technical decision making. M&S is a discipline on its own. It supports analysis, experimentation, and training. It highly facilitates understanding a system's behavior without testing the system in the real world. Valuable insights about different decisions in the design of a product could be gained without incurring cost or physically building it. Furthermore, simulation is used to train persons using a virtual environment that would otherwise be difficult or expensive to produce.  M&S is well received within engineering disciplines. Elsewhere, it’s potential to reduce costs, increase products quality and systems reliability is on the rise. 

·       Operations, Logistics & Supply Chain Management: Stanley Griffis, Michigan State University.

o    The Operations, Logistics & Supply Chain Management track is intended to provide a forum for discussion of a range of supply chain management research topics.  The track accepts analytic, empirical, and conceptual work within the operations management, logistics management and supply chain management topic areas.  Authors are encouraged to submit their work to this track to get feedback from their peers on research they are conducting concerned with production, scheduling, transportation, warehousing, customer service, purchasing, supplier management, and any other research topics focused upon improving and integrating supply chains from around the world.

·       On-Demand & Sharing Economy: Rui-Dong Zhang, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.

o    The mobile-Internet enabled sharing economy is disrupting traditional economies. The sharing economy is also called on-demand economy, pairing economy or peer-to-peer economy. It is about people sharing their assets on the Internet to access a massive market of users, from anywhere and at any time. The sharing economy is greatly enabled by the mobile Internet where smartphone use becoming pervasive. It is quickly becoming the great benefit of the digital age. Some examples include Airbnb and Uber that are rapidly changing the traditional industries while presenting a lot of challenges. Potential topics that can be included in this track include, but are not limited to, the following: evolution of sharing or on-demand economy; challenges facing sharing economy; characteristics of sharing economy; impacts of sharing economy; future trends of the sharing economy; case studies and sharing economy; sharing economy in the context of O2O (online-to-offline). The contributions that are sought for include potential full research papers, research in progress papers and workshops proposals.

·       Public Policy & Administration: Theodore Byrne & Rui Sun, California State University, Dominguez Hills.

o    The public policy and administration track is focused on developing research in the areas of leadership, ethics, public policy and leadership decision making processes within the context of federal, state and local government. This track will also consider submissions relating to governmental budgeting as well as other relevant timely topics involving various levels of government.

·       Student Papers: Carola Raab, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

o    WDSI, as part of a long-established practice, encourages students’ participation at our Annual Meetings. To this end, it honors “Student Best Papers” with humble honoraria: one for best graduate student paper and one for best undergraduate paper.  This track solicits student papers in all relevant topics in our meeting to be judged for these awards. More detail information will be available on the conference website.

·       Sustainability Issues in Decision Making: Yuanjie He, Cal Poly Pomona.

o    This track is to attract and present empirical and theoretical research in sustainability related areas such as green product/process design, green supply chain design, closed-loop supply chain research, green sourcing, sustainable operations management, green information technology etc. This track is especially interested in promoting research that addresses TBL (triple bottom line as people, planet, and profit) in business decision making. Research focusing on the interaction among economic, environment, and social perspectives of decision making is highly encouraged to submit to this track.