ASU information systems professor is appointed journal editorship

November 27, 2019

Arizona State University Associate Professor of information systems John Zhang has been appointed the senior editor of the disruptive technologies and operations management department of the Production and Operations Management Journal (POM Journal), the flagship journal of the Production and Operations Management Society. POM Journal is listed in the UT Dallas list of journals, the Financial Times list and the Business Week list.

“This is truly a great honor,” said Zhang. “I will try my best to perform my editorial duties by providing timely, constructive feedback to authors, promoting the journal and maintaining the high quality standard of the journal.” headshot of ASU professor John Zhang John Zhang Download Full Image

Zhang received his doctorate from the University of Washington School of Business and joined ASU in 2015. Prior to that, Zhang was on the faculty of the School of Business at the University of Connecticut and was the founding director of the master's degree program in business analytics and project management. Zhang has extensive knowledge with experiential and executive education. He has consulted for General Electric on various data-centric analytics projects and has experience developing data analytics initiatives in the Leadership Development Program for the American insurance company Travelers.

Zhang’s research focuses on how information technology and data analytics impact consumer behavior and decision-making, create business value and transform business models. His work has appeared in academic journals including Information Systems Research; MIS Quarterly; Production and Operations Management; INFORMS Journal on Computing; Journal of Management Information Systems; Decision Support Systems; European Journal of Operational Research; and Decision Sciences. Zhang has won numerous research and teaching awards, including the Best IS Publications of the Year Award, Research Excellence Award, MBA Teacher of the Year Award and Ackerman Scholar Award.

The Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional organization representing the interests of POM professionals from around the world. The purposes of the society are: to extend and integrate knowledge that contributes to the improved understanding and practice of production and operations management; to disseminate information on POM to managers, scientists, educators, students, public and private organizations, national and local governments, and the general public; and to promote the improvement of POM and its teaching in public and private manufacturing and service organizations throughout the world.

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Mexican graduate community celebrates shared culture at ASU’s first ‘Cena Mexicana’

November 27, 2019

Many of the brightest minds to come to Arizona State University from Mexico gathered together earlier this month for “Cena Mexicana,” which translates to “Mexican Supper,” an event designed to build a community among ASU graduate students from Arizona’s closest international neighbor.

The event was co-sponsored by ASU’s Graduate College and the ASU in Mexico Office. Speakers included Enrique Vivoni, associate dean of the Graduate College; Paola Garcia-Hicks, the Office of University Affairs' director of Mexico and Latin America Initiatives; as well as Rocio Rodriguez, consul of cultural affairs for the Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix. Enrique Vivoni presenting at 2019 Cena Mexicana The university’s community event designed to build support for ASU’s Mexican scholars was an overwhelming success, according to Graduate College Associate Dean Enrique Vivoni. Download Full Image

Attendees enjoyed a live mariachi band and an authentic taqueria. A Dia de los Muertos altar served as an engaging exhibit, combining elements of indigenous Mexican cultural traditions, in which deceased loved ones are honored, with modern elements dedicated to issues of importance among ASU’s Mexican academic community, such as threats of extinction to indigenous languages and cultures and violence against women.  

"The Graduate College and the ASU in Mexico Office strive to support graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from Mexico in their accomplishments at ASU,” Vivoni said.

One aspect of support these offices are working to increase is the availability of information about funding opportunities for Mexicans to participate in graduate studies at ASU.

Currently, the Graduate College provides financial support to Fulbright scholars from around the world who enroll in graduate programs at ASU by supplementing tuition not covered by assistantships. Per the Graduate College’s agreement with CONACYT, the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, awarded doctoral fellows receive ASU assistantships in addition to the funding package provided by their fellowship.  

Mexican Fulbright and CONACYT scholars attending this event were encouraged to be ambassadors in ASU’s Mexican community about their experiences in pursuing and receiving scholarships. 

Students also received information about a range of graduate-level resources and funding opportunities for Mexican nationals, updates on efforts to identify leaders and founding members for the creation of a formal Mexican student association at ASU, and information on support services available from their nearest consulate. 

Cena Mexicana was an overwhelming success, according to Vivoni, and plans for holding it again are already underway.