14th Annual Behavioral Operations Conference, 2019


14th Annual BOC Conference banner image, TU/e
BOC 2019
Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, July 7-10, 2019
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Mission

The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers with a common interest in the intersection of human behavior and operations, with the aim of sharing current work, fostering research development and developing relationships among scholars in the field.

  • The deadline for abstract submission has been closed.
  • The deadline for registration and payment is May 1, 2019, 23:59BST.

Pricing

Registration Type Cost
Faculty $175
Student $75

Welcome

The School of Industrial Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology is proud to host the 14th annual Behavioral Operations Conference in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on July 7 – 10, 2019. The conference will begin with a welcome drink on Sunday evening and continue with a one-day Young Scholars Workshop on Monday, July 8, and the main conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10.

Keynote Speakers

Iris Kesternich

Iris Kesternich

Associate Professor for Behavioral Economics (Main Conference)

Jan Fransoo

Jan Fransoo

Professor of Operations Management and Logistics (Main Conference)

Bradley Stats

Bradley Stats

Professor of Operations (Young Scholars Workshop)

Feedback on Working Paper

Submitting your (working) paper is not compulsory to present at the young scholar workshop. However, if you want to receive feedback on your (working) paper from an expert in the field, a draft needs to be submitted to the organizing committee (BOC2019@tue.nl) before the 1st of June 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in Eindhoven!

Registration

Please note the following key deadlines
Date Item Due
March 4, 2019 Extended-Abstract Submission (1-page limit) for Main Conference and/or Young Scholars Workshop
March 15, 2019 Notification of Acceptance
April 1, 2019 Registration & Payment Deadline

Conference fees are: $175 for faculty and $75 for students

If you are interested in presenting at the main conference or the Young Scholars Workshop, please indicate so when you register and include an extended abstract (one-page limit) of your work. Please also indicate who will present in the abstract.

Contact

Please email Rob Basten with any questions or inquiries.

Past Conferences

The conference will begin with a welcome drink on Sunday evening and continue with a one-day Young Scholars Workshop on Monday, July 8. During the Young Scholars Workshop, the group will consist of several breakout sessions and a plenary session. At the plenary session, Professor of Operations Bradley Staats of the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School will give a presentation.

Conference Schedule
Bradley Stats

Bradley Staats

Professor of Operations at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School (United States of America)

Presentation: The Promise and Peril of Field Experiments

Field experiments are controlled interventions in the real world that enable researchers to measure the effects of a treatment on a randomly assigned subset of subjects. In this talk I will discuss review the advantages and disadvantages of field experiments and provide some practical prescriptions to attain and evaluate a field experiment’s relevance—in other words, the theoretical implications of understanding the effects of the treatment— and rigor, based on many methodological considerations.

Biography

Dr. Bradley R. Staats is a professor at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and best-selling author of Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive. His research and teaching focus on learning and analytics. He advises individuals and organizations on how to learn and improve in order to innovate and succeed on an ongoing basis. In addition, he leads UNC’s Center for the Business of Health, a cross-campus, interdisciplinary effort to tackle the most pressing challenges in health care.

Dr. Staats integrates work in operations management and human behavior to understand how and under what conditions individuals, teams and organizations can perform their best. His field-based research in such settings as health care and software services, consulting, call centers and retail, uses archival data and field experiments to provide an interdisciplinary perspective to improve both operations’ theory and practice.

He publishes frequently in both leading academic journals and practitioner-focused journals. He is an associate editor at Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management.

He received his DBA in technology and operations management and MBA from Harvard Business School. He received his BS with honors in electrical engineering and his BA with high honors in Plan II and Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.

The conference will begin with a welcome drink on Sunday evening and continue with a one-day Young Scholars Workshop on Monday, July 8, and the main conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 9-10.

Conference Schedule
Iris Kesternich

Iris Kesternich

Associate Professor for Behavioral Economics at University of Leuven (Belgium)

Presentation: Lessons from Behavioral and Experimental Economics in Health Economics

As long ago as 1963, Nobel prize winner Kenneth J. Arrow argued in an article with almost 9,000 citations that the market for health care differs from other markets. Consumers usually do not face the full price of the goods and services they consume, since at least part of the price is paid for by insurance companies. In addition, consumers have limited information and thus have to trust the recommendation of an expert, the physician. The behaviour of physicians, on its turn, is governed by professional norms. In this setting, many important insights into the market have been brought forward by behavioural and experimental economists. This keynote provides an overview on some of the most important findings from behavioural economics as well as some of the most famous experiments in health economics, and it discusses the main features, advantages and limitations as well as the quo vadis of these types of experiments.

Biography

Iris Kesternich is Associate Professor for Behavioral Economics at the Department of Economics at the University of Leuven. Her research focuses on incentives and the interaction of market participants in health and labor markets. She is specifically interested in the influence of non-monetary incentives and social preferences on decision-making in these domains. In a current sequence of projects she analyzes the effects of the meaning of work on labor supply; the influence of professional norms on medical decision making; and the role of social preferences in situations with concentrated benefits and dispersed costs.

Iris Kesternich obtained a Ph.D. in economics in 2010 from the University of Munich, and she had a position there as postdoctoral researcher until September 2014. Over the last few years she was a visiting scholar at a number of institutions such as Boston University, Harvard Health Care Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, a member of the board of the German Society for Health Economics (dggö), a resident visitor at the RAND Corporation, and Research Associate at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim (ZEW); and she is affiliated to the Behavioral Experiments in Health Network.

Jan Fransoo

Jan Fransoo

Professor of Operations Management and Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University (Germany)

Presentation: Behavioral Operations: Creating context to venture into new fields

While the research on behavioral operations originated primarily in the field of manufacturing as less rigorous field work, and then developed into more formal experimental work in the laboratory focusing on general operations management problems, further growth of the field and new exciting problems are awaiting us by venturing into new major research problems. I will give an overview of some early work in some areas addressed by the broader OM literature, such as in humanitarian operations and healthcare. I will conclude by addressing how behavioral OM could leapfrog the broader OM by contributing to some of the societal challenges ahead, in particular relating to the future of work.

Biography

Jan C. Fransoo is Professor of Operations Management & Logistics at Kuehne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany. He also serves as the University’s Dean of Research and Member of the Executive Board. He joined KLU in 2018 following a tenure of 22 years at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he still holds a courtesy professorship in its School of Industrial Engineering. Professor Fransoo’s research studies operations, logistics, and supply chain management decision making in the retail, chemical, food, pharmaceutical and transport industries. His current research focuses in particular on retail distribution and channel management in developing markets, on intermodal container transport, and on sustainability and social responsibility in supply chains. His co-edited books include Behavioral Operations in Planning and Scheduling (2011), Reaching 50 Million Nanostores: Retail Distribution in Emerging Megacities (2017) and Sustainable Supply Chains: A Research-Based Textbook on Operations and Strategy (2017). Fransoo has published both modeling and empirical research in over 120 academic journal articles and book chapters. He serves as Associate Editor of Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, and Decision Sciences Journal.

Jan Fransoo holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Operations Management and Logistics, both from Eindhoven University of Technology. More details, including a full publication list and his blogposts, can be found on https://www.janfransoo.com/

By Air

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

This option is highly recommend, at least when arriving from outside Europe, as it has many direct connections.

Below the airport is a railway station. Take any train to Eindhoven (leaving normally every 30 minutes from platform 3). It takes approximately 1.5 hours and 20 euros, with a view of the Dutch countryside.

Eindhoven Airport

You will need to utilize taxi, buses or Uber (about 9 km to the conference hotel and the university).

When taking a bus, head to Eindhoven railway station. The conference hotel and the university are within walking distance (both about 10 minutes).

By Train

Eindhoven

The conference hotel and the university are within walking distance (both about 10 minutes) of Eindhoven railway station.

Tickets can be purchased at one of the many yellow ticketing machines at the train stations.

Travelling in Eindhoven

Within Eindhoven, travelling is mostly done by bike or foot. From Eindhoven railway station to TU/e, city center or Pullman hotel is in walking distance (5-15 mins). Also public transportation is relatively cheap and fast. Tickets for the bus can be purchased on board by card, whereas train tickets can be acquired via one of the many yellow ticketing machines at the train stations.

Eindhoven is the Brain Port of the Netherlands, which is well-known for its technological innovations. When visiting Eindhoven, be sure to visit Strijp-S, the former industry park of Philips, which turned into a vibrant young city with many start-ups and showcases of innovations.

Tourist Information

Visit the University of Technology Eindhoven

Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology

Atlas – Den Dolech 2
5612 AZ EINDHOVEN
NETHERLANDS
https://www.tue.nl/en/

The TU/e campus is a compact green campus, meaning that all buildings are within walking distance and there is no need for a car. The campus can be reached by just an eight-minute walk from the Eindhoven railway station which lies directly next to the city center. The exact location of the conference on the campus is the main university building Atlas. Atlas is the newest TU/e building which received the BREEAM Outstanding award for being the most sustainable educational building!

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Accommodation

Hotel Pullman exterior photo

Hotel Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne

Vestdijk 47
5611 CA EINDHOVEN
NETHERLANDS
www.pullman-eindhoven-cocagne

To make a reservation, you can fill in the attached reservation request and send it to Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne (e-mail addressed shown in the request form)

Hotel Reservation Form

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Organizers

Organizing Committee

Rob Basten

Rob Basten

Associate Professor

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Michael Becker-Peth

Michael Becker-Peth

Assistant Professor

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam – The Netherlands

Philippe van de Calseyde

Philippe van de Calseyde

Assistant Professor

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Evangelia Demerouti

Evangelia Demerouti

Professor and Chief Diversity Officer

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Jan Fransoo

Jan Fransoo

Professor

Kuehne Logistics University, Hamburg – Germany

Elena Katok

Elena Katok

Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management

University of Texas at Dallas – United States

Ton de Kok

Ton de Kok

Professor

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Sjors Melman

Sjors Melman

Master Student

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Bregje v.d. Staak

Bregje v.d. Staak

PhD candidate

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Lijia Tan

Lijia Tan

Postdoc

Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven – The Netherlands

Ken Schultz

Ken Schultz

Associate Professor

Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton – United States of America

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