Arun has developed and offered executive education workshops on supply chain management and digital innovation. He has customized these workshops to the needs of the organizations using in-depeth engagement with them. As an example, he worked closely with the United Parcel Service to develop a custom executive workshop series on how digital enablement of supply chains can be used to co-create value with customers. The workshop was taken by over 1000 executives at senior and middle management levels in marketing, sales, IT, new product development, operations, and business development and was rated to be among the most successful executive education offerings at United Parcel Service.
In addition, Arun has offered workshops on Theory Development, Research Design, and Research Methods to researchers in information systems and in other business and social-science disciplines. He has offered these workshops at various universities in the United States, Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, and Slovenia.
Supply Chain Management
These workshops are targeted at PhD students and faculty in business disciplines interested in learning how to formulate and conduct research so as to surface a theoretical contribution. Based on the target audience, workshops are customized in scope of coverage and duration.
Topics covered include:
- Formulating research problems to derive research questions that matter (grounding, situating, and diagnosing problems; evaluating the level of abstraction at which to formulate a research problem, managing the tension between an immediate practical problem and an overarching scientific problem)
- Effectively synthesizing the literature based on strategic choices related to scholarly conversations and perspectives salient to the problem formulation
- Differentiating between variance and process models
- Theorizing different types of variance models (moderation, mediation, combination of mediation and moderation, nonlinear relationships, configurations)
- Achieving correspondence between theoretical arguments and the specifications of variance and process models
- Leveraging the role of context in the theory building process
- Developing multilevel models to bridge micro and macro perspectives
- Leveraging the role of time to surface theoretical contributions
- Achieving synergies between big data and theory through research design and analytics
Cumulatively, the workshop is oriented to develop an overarching understanding of crucial, often-overlooked interdependencies in the research process. It provides the necessary understanding of the key choices to be made and strategies that can be applied in the research process to achieve theoretical contribution and synergies between theory and empirics.
There is a need for business executives at all levels of an organization to understand how discrete changes in a nexus of information technologies (IT)—storage, mobile, social media, analytics, internet of things, and artificial intelligence—are generating unprecedented opportunities, while introducing new risks, in digital innovations that can create value in business and society. This nexus of complementary technologies is leading to digital innovation in a range of areas including: market mechanisms; the traceability of behaviors, social networks, and choices; the processes of collaboration; real-time prediction of behaviors and outcomes; experimentation to generate feedback about market response to innovations in products/services and processes; and business models. It requires business professionals, both working in well-established organizations and in startups, to understand how digital innovation can be leveraged to design products, services, business models, and processes. Workshops are customized to align with the objectives of firms and their managers.