69th Annual Harry E. Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Features Top Supply Chain Scholar

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, hosted its annual Salzberg Memorial Lecture Program Oct. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Marvin and Helaine Lender Auditorium, located on the concourse level of the Whitman School building at Syracuse University.

Established in 1949, the annual Salzberg event, which celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019, is a central component of Whitman School’s Franklin Center, which is consistently recognized among the best in the country by top publications and organizations. During the event, industry executives from leading corporations share insights into trends, advancements and innovation in the fields of supply chain management, transportation and logistics.

The Salzberg Medallion is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards in the field of transportation and supply chain management—in part because of the caliber of past honorees and in part because of the program’s rigorous selection process.

This year’s Salzberg Medallion recipients include:

Maersk logoA.P. Moller-Maersk, a full solution provider in the ocean industry, offering complete service packages from dock to dock and everything in between.

“The ocean carrier industry has lagged in sustainability initiatives compared to other industries and Maersk has taken the forefront to establish sustainability practices in this field,” said Gary La Point, co-director of the Franklin Center and Salzberg Lecture Program. “Maersk’s progressive push into digitalization of the supply chain and applications of data science and analytics to better manage the supply chain and simplify the customer experience in ocean shipping is also transformative.”

Hua LeeDr. Hau L. Lee, The Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at Stanford University, whose areas of specialization include global value chain innovations,supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling and environmental and social responsibility. He is also the faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, and is a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative. Professor Lee is being recognized with the Salzberg Medallion for his lifelong academic contributions to logistics and supply chain.

“Professor Lee has achieved wide recognition as one of the foremost in the field of supply chain,” said La Point. “He has made seminal contributions to the supply chain industry. Possibly most notable is his theory of the Bull Whip Effect.”

Professor Lee has published a significant number of peer reviewed papers in top academic journals, as well as authored case studies and articles. He has been the recipient of numerous academic and industry awards and is highly sought after as a consultant for both private and public organizations. He also has endeavored to apply his research in value chain innovations to aid emerging economies and societies.

Dr. Lee will speak at the event; the title of his talk is “Value Chain Innovations and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies.”

The Zinsmeister Award for excellence in supply chain management and the Robert H. Brethen Prizes for outstanding students studying supply chain management will also be conferred during the Salzberg event.

The Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University is home to the nation’s first supply chain management program. A specialization in traffic and transportation was first offered in 1919 when the School of Management was founded. Currently, the SCM program offers rigorous PhD, MBA, M.S. and B.S. degrees, as well as executive education. Whitman’s award-winning SCM faculty is renowned for teaching, research and outreach partnerships.

In addition, Whitman offers and supports a number of student groups and organizations that provide opportunities for learning, engagement and networking. Among those is the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Syracuse University Roundtable. Through various field trips and guest speakers, the club provides the opportunity to see supply chain management in action as well as learn more about current events and issues affecting the field.

The Whitman School houses several centers dedicated to advancements and excellence in SCM. The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and its advisory board brings together Whitman students, faculty, alumni and active supply chain professionals to share research and advancements in the industry. The Robert H. Brethen Operations Management Institute supports Whitman students and faculty with funding for scholarships and research. The Brethen Institute also supports Syracuse University’s chapter of APICS, an international professional society representing manufacturing, service and resource management professionals, providing students and professionals with varied networking opportunities. Whitman supports students in their pursuit of APICS certification to further bolster their marketability.