Newly Elected MSOM President Burak Kazaz Launches New Initiatives

Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management Professor Burak Kazaz has been elected as president by The Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM). Being elected to this position is the ultimate recognition and honor the MSOM Society bestows on trusted leading academics. Of course, with this position come great responsibilities, which Kazaz will undoubtedly meet with great success. MSOM is one of the largest societies within the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS). He is the first from the Whitman School to hold a leadership position at either MSOM or INFORMS. 

Kazaz has been a member of the Whitman School faculty since 2007. Much of his research includes mitigating risk in global supply chain operations, supply chain financing and designing socially-responsible supply chain operations. He is currently the Steven R. Becker Professor of SCM and the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence. He also serves as the director for the Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute.

“The INFORMS memberships consists of scholars from around the world, as well as business school faculty, engineers, mathematicians, information scientists and analytics experts. Some of the members are even Nobel laureates,” says Kazaz. “I am very honored to represent the Whitman School as I take on this role.” 

Kazaz has many new and continuing initiatives on his presidential agenda. His first is to convert manuscripts accepted in the MSOM Conference Specialty Interest Groups (SIGs) in the journal Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM). He leads the process development for MSOM Society and collaborates with the editors so that the most outstanding papers are accepted in a timely manner in the flagship journal. 

In the second initiative Kazaz is leading, MSOM has started an African initiative thats goal it is to stimulate collaborative research that would enrich the OM professional community in research and teaching, as well as in diversity and inclusivity. It had found that there were no MSOM members from African universities and their submissions in leading journals were not getting accepted. This program is intended to increase MSOM’s impact in Africa, increase membership from African institutions, and, ultimately, have publications by African scholars in premier journals. 

And the final new initiative is to present  three new awards for associate editors (AEs). The best AE awards will be chosen by the society and will be given to an AE from the three journals, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Operations Research.

Kazaz says “I am honored with the trust of MSOM Society members in placing me with this responsibility. I will work diligently to elevate the stature of MSOM Society.”

Dawn McWilliams