UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

CIBER faculty director speaks on research impact at Brazil conference


Jay Swaminathan

Jayashankar (Jay) Swaminathan, faculty director of the UNC Center for International Business Education and Research, delivered plenary remarks on research impact this week (Sept 22-26) at Brazil’s largest academic conference for business school academics.

Swaminathan spoke on “How to Have Impact with Operations Management Research” at the 12th annual EnANPAD Conference in Rio de Janeiro. He discussed barriers that academics face in having research impact, as well as strategies he and others have used to overcome them, so that their research not only yields impact for fellow researchers, students and organizations but also merits publication in the highest-quality academic journals.

Swaminathan is GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and an internationally recognized thought leader in innovations and productivity improvements related to global operations and supply chain management.

He has published dozens of articles in leading academic journals and won numerous awards, including the NSF Career Award, George Nicholson Prize, Schwabacher Fellowship and Weatherspoon Distinguished Research and Teaching awards.

As faculty director for UNC CIBER, Swaminathan directs and shapes its programming. He teaches courses at UNC Kenan-Flagler in global operations, global supply chain strategy and management, and doing business in India. His book Indian Economic Superpower: Fiction or Future? highlights the emergence of India and its implications for businesses.