Centre for Innovations in Supply Chains and Services (CISCS)
The overarching goal of the centre is to build an entity that conducts academic research and education activities in line with other departments of the school. The objectives of the centre are:
- To increase the visibility of sustainability and supply chain management toward CEIBS students, Siemens employees and society at large
- To integrate sustainability as part of the MBA curriculum
- To create and disseminate knowledge related to sustainability and supply chain management through research and teaching
- Knowledge Creation (Research and Development): The centre will develop a team of researchers who will work closely with colleagues within the school and with research centres and networks in China and around the world. Cooperation, partnering and networking will guarantee access to global state-of-the-art knowledge on issues constituted by the centre’s research agenda. The centre will develop teaching materials including cases, multi-media packages, technical notes or papers written for MBA or EMBA participants or for executive education in general.
- Knowledge Transfer (Education and Training): Knowledge transfer will take place primarily through education and training by offering courses to existing CEIBS, MBA and EMBA programmes, by expanding School offerings in EDP, and by designing courses specifically for the members. The centre will contribute to existing MBA and EMBA programs by enriching courses already offered and/or by developing courses with the aim to offer sustainability as an integral part of existing curricula
- Knowledge Sharing (Conferences and Networking): The centre will share its knowledge through the organization of at least one conference or workshop per year, as well as participation at relevant external academic and industry associations. The value of such activities should be highly acknowledged as successful empirical research in business administration hinges on good industry partnerships. Such relationships are likely to create visibility and ultimately serve as a source for further funding.
- Knowledge Dissemination (Publications and Website): This activity aims at a broader diffusion of the centre’s output, as to enhance its influence beyond the limits of its physical location and contribute to its visibility beyond China and Europe, among the many think tanks and research centres active around the world.
Furthermore, the centre will share its production on its website. Another objective of the website is to serve as an online research portal for scholars in the sustainability and SCM fields.
The centre consists of a director, an administrative assistant, two full-time research assistants and affiliated faculty. The affiliated faculty can come from CEIBS or any other institution, depending on the research needs.
Thomas E. Callarman