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Professors Param Vir Singh and Willem-Jan van Hoeve speak at CBI Professorships reception

April 20, 2017

Carnegie Bosch Professorship Reception

Two Tepper School of Business faculty members were recognized by the Carnegie Bosch Institute with academic research chairs at a reception held April 12, 2017. Param Vir Singh was recognized as Carnegie Bosch Associate Professor of Business Technologies and Willem-Jan van Hoeve was awarded the Carnegie Bosch Associate Professorship in Operations Research.

At the reception, held in the Posner Center, Carnegie Bosch Institute president Sylvia Vogt introduced the institute and the history of the endowed professorships. “When the institute was established 27 years ago, one of the core purposes was to promote research and education at the intersection of the academic world and industry,” she said. “In sponsoring the chairs, the institute and Bosch aim to sharply increase the output of the research that can be done at this intersection, and to not only help create relevant research results, but also for people to apply it in the field.”

The Bosch Group established the institute at the Tepper School in 1990 in order to foster research and education aimed at improving international management. These faculty chairs are key aspects of the partnership, awarded to Tepper School faculty members whose research furthers the fields of global leadership and international business.

Param Vir Singh

In his introduction for Singh, Dean Robert Dammon said he “brings a business school triple threat to his research with his understanding of technology, organizations and analytical methods.” The dean praised Singh’s highly interdisciplinary research interests within the fields of marketing, organizational behavior and computer science, and recognized his joint appointment with the Heinz College as an important connection for the Tepper School.

During his remarks, Singh acknowledged his many Tepper School mentors including Tridas Mukhopadyay, Deloitte Consulting Professor of e-Business and professor of business technologies, who Singh indicated has contributed “maybe 50 percent” of the research in the field of information systems; Linda Argote, director of the Center for Organizational Learning, Innovation and Knowledge and David M. Kirr and Barbara A. Kirr Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, “an institution in herself” who inspired much of his work on how technology influences organizational learning; and Kannan Srinivasan, H.J. Heinz II Professor of Management, Marketing and Information Systems, who Singh said constantly questioned traditional wisdom with his “absolute out-of-the-box thinking.”

Singh’s research interests include social media, economics of information systems and structural modeling. He has been part of the Tepper School faculty since 2008, and in that time has served on numerous university committees, including the Masters Educational Affairs Committee, Ph.D. Affairs Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee, and faculty search committees for business analytics and information systems.

He currently serves as associate editor for Management Science and Information Systems Research. In 2015 he was one of the inaugural winners of the INFORMS Sandra A. Slaughter Early Career Award, named for a former faculty member from the Tepper School. He was also the American winner of the Google Online Marketing Challenge in 2010.

Willem-Jan Van Hoeve

Dean Dammon recognized Van Hoeve, the evening’s second honoree, not only for his research contributions, but also his excellence as an educator. He was recognized by the graduating MBA class in 2011 for outstanding teaching with a George Leland Bach MBA Teaching Award. He credited the opportunity to co-teach the MBA program’s core optimization course with Michael Trick, senior associate dean and Harry B. and James H. Higgins Professor of Operations Research, as having “transformed me into an MBA teacher.”

In 2010, Van Hoeve helped to create the business analytics track for the MBA program. He now chairs the Curriculum Design Committee for the forthcoming Master of Science in Business Analytics program, and one of his educational priorities is giving students the opportunity to work on real business problems.

He too recognized each faculty member from the Operations Research group by name and also listed the names of several Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows without whom, he said, “all this work couldn’t have been done.”

Among his varied research interests, Van Hoeve is developing new methodologies for solving discrete optimization problems and focusing on finding ways to apply them to real-world problems. His most recent work has been developing an efficiency-focused “relaxed decision diagram” framework for discrete optimization, and he coauthored the book Decision Diagrams for Optimization along with Tepper School operations research colleague John Hooker, T. Jerome Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, whom Van Hoeve acknowledged in his address as having first proposed the framework.

View photos from the reception