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What is interesting research?

Interesting research is what researchers often expect to see from journal papers or conference presentations. But what is interesting research? Recently I found a paper on this issue by a well-known researchers in SCM/OR/MS, Gérard P. Cachon. His paper entitled “What Is Interesting in Operations Management?” based on his talk in MSOM conference in 2011 saying that interesting in OM is the “Unexpected”. He also presented some examples as followings.

  1. What Was Thought to Be Complex Is Really Simple
  2. What Was Thought to Be Simple Is Really Complex
  3. What Was Expected to Be a Small Effect Is Really a Large Effect
  4. What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really a Small Effect
  5. What Was Thought to Be a Large Effect Is Really Much Larger
  6. What Was Thought to Be Easy Is Really Hard
  7. What Was Assumed to Not Be a Problem Is Really a Problem
  8. What Should Improve Performance Really Harms Performance

Five Steps to a High-Performance Supply Chain [White paper]

Cloud computing and big data is expected to be the next big thing in many field. That also includes “Supply Chain Management” (SCM). The Council of Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) has just published a white paper entitled “Five Steps to a High-Performance  Supply Chain“. To download this paper, just click on the picture bellows. Then fill a few information (then CSCMP get some idea who are their audience. In exchange, you can read a short but precise steps to achieve a high-performance supply chain through cloud technology.

Picture from: CSCMP

Customer Responsive Supply Chain Strategy [vdo]

In supply chain management, one of the key objective is to be responsive to the customer needs, which can be changed anytime. This short VDO by Cranfield explains a bit about this application of SCM.

“Dr Janet Godsell speaks to John Burdett, who outlines how Tata Global Beverages is gaining practical business benefits from applying some of the theory resulting from the recent Supply Chain Responsiveness in Practice (SCRiP) research project. An exploration of volume variability and application of supply chain segmentation theory enables the business to identify where value lies, improve processes and be more responsive to demand, improving their overall competitive advantage”

Source: CranfieldSOM’s Youtube channel

How I became an economist

Inspired by the autobiography of Paul Samuelson in the, telling his story of more than 90 years. I humbly also would like to record my own one here.


I was trained as an economist at Chiang Mai School of Economics (Thailand) during 2001 – 2005. Economics was my first choice (actually the only one) when I was apply for the higher education in Thailand. Initially I was always aiming to study engineering but my performance in Physics was not so well.  Despite the fact that I might still try to go for it. When my guidance teacher told us to think about what would we like to be. Then go for the subject (faculty) that will make you so. I imagined myself as an engineer doing work with construction. That the first time I realised that I don’t want to be an engineer. It was a trend that a boy who doing well in Math should go to the engineering school. And that was not my way.

to be continued …

Handling of the author prefix in Bibtex

In the reference list, references are often ordered based on the surname of the first author alphabetically (A to Z). However some of author names contain prefix such as van or de. This is normally treated as the first letter of the author name in LaTeX. To retain this prefix in the reference but ignored by LaTeX, there is a need to do something more in the LaTeX script. Here is how to do it.

Assume we would like to deal with the reference whose first author name is Arjan van Weele, there are four steps to deal with this issue.

1. In preamble, add the following code.


2. Just before declare \bibliography{}, add the following code.


3. In the BibTeX, record author name as follows.

{\VAN{Weele}{Van}{van}} Weele, Arjan

4. Compile LaTeX as usual


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