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Young Scholars Workshop

Targeted at young academics in general and alumni of the EurOMA Doctoral Seminar in particular, the EurOMA Young Scholars Workshop is conceived as a way to support the career development of young scholars in the field of operations management (OM) by teaching and sharing with them major skills needed in an academic career. Furthermore, the initiative is aimed at developing the community of young OM scholars, keeping the network alive and providing opportunities to meet and discuss relevant topics.

Important skills are related to the following subjects:

  • Supervising MSc and PhD students.

  • Teaching OM to MSc and MBA students.

  • Designing and developing research projects in Operations Management – From concept to publication.

  • Developing your career – managing your way through academia.

  • Developing theoretically rigorous and managerially relevant OM research.

Each year one of the above subjects is developed on a rolling base.


The theme and program of the 2015 workshop is “Teaching OM to MSc and MBA students”.

Of course there will be ample opportunities for networking, one of the key overall objectives of the Young Scholars Workshops. The workshop

  • Date: 28 June 2015

  • Time: 09.00 – 13.30

  • Location: to be announced.

  • Cost: Included in the conference fee

The workshop will mix presentations from experienced OM scholars, sharing of attendees’ experiences, and alumni networking. A detailed program will be posted in March 2015. The number of participants is limited to 30 people. Professor Harry Boer from Aalborg University is responsible for the organization of the workshop.

Faculty Bios

Paul Coughlan

Paul Coughlan is Professor of Operations Management and Director of Research at the School of Business, Trinity College Dublin. Following an early career in engineering management he became a university lecturer and then a full-time doctoral student at the Business School of the University of Western Ontario (now the Ivey School). On graduation, he joined the faculty of the London Business School. From there he moved to join Trinity’s School of Business and has developed his research and teaching in operations management and new product development. His research in product development and continuous improvement has encompassed an innovative action research dimension involving companies engaged in action learning. This work has led to continuing methodology development and to specialized doctoral training in action research and learning through the EIASM doctoral network.

Matteo Kalchschmidt

Matteo Kalchschmidt is Professor of Project and Innovation Management at the University of Bergamo (Italy). He received a PhD in Industrial Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 2002. He conducts research in global and sustainable supply chain management. On this topic he has published several works in international journals. He has been director of several executive programs for MIP-Politecnico di Milano and SdM, the School of Management at Università degli Studi di Bergamo. 

Jan Olhager

Jan Olhager is Professor in Supply Chain Strategy at Lund University, Sweden. He received a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and a PhD in Production Economics from Linköping University. Jan is co-editor-in-chief of Operations Management Research, Associate Editor of Decision Sciences, and serves on several editorial boards. He is the director of the Swedish Production Strategy Centre, and has been a consultant to Scandinavian industry for more than 30 years. His current research is concerned with global production and distribution networks, operations strategy, and supply chain strategy.

Target group and eligibility

The target group of the workshop is young OM academics who aim at a continued academic career. Priority is given to EurOMA Doctoral Seminar alumni. At least two years involvement in academic job activities is required, e.g. supervising and teaching, apart from the applicant’s own PhD research project.

The 2015 workshop is open to EurOMA members participating in the 2015 annual conference, who have presented their PhD thesis in or after 2009.

Application process

Scholars who participated in the 2014 Young Scholars Workshop will receive an invitation and have to confirm their participation in the 2015 workshop by sending an email to hboer@business.aau.dk before April 24, 2015.

First time applicants are requested to send a CV and proof of their EurOMA membership by e-mail to hboer@business.aau.dk before April 24, 2015.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out not later than May 15, 2015.



Sunday 28 June 2015 – University of Neuchâtel - Switzerland
09:00 Welcome and opening – Harry Boer
09:15 Jan Olhager – Teaching operations management to MSc students 
10:15 Break
10:30 Paul Coughlan – Strategic operations improvement: bringing the challenge to life in the MBA classroom
11:30 Break
11:45 Matteo Kalchschmidt – Teaching operations management to executives – corporate learning programs and academies
12:45 Plenary discussion
13:30 Closure



Professor Harry Boer, Center for Industrial Production, Aalborg University,
email: hboer@business.aau.dk