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October 15, 2013 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Category: Seminar
Location: Welcome Center Auditorium | Map
42 W. Warren
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on October 15, 2013. The guest speaker will be Dr. V. Daniel R. Guide, Jr., Smeal Professor of supply chain management in the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Guide will present "Sustainable Insustrial Development."

His research is focused on closed-loop supply chains, remanufacturing, and sustainable operations. He is a regular contributor to numerous academic and managerial journals, including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, and other journals. He is currently serving as co-editor-in-chief at the Journal of Operations Management. Additionally, he serves as departmental co-editor for Sustainable Operations at Production and Operations Management, and an associate editor at the Decision Sciences Journal. He also serves as departmental co-editor for supply chain issues at the Journal of Industrial Ecology. His research on closed-loop supply chains has been supported by grants from the Carnegie Bosch Institute and the National Science Foundation.  He also regularly partners with global organizations (including US Navy, Hewlett-Packard, Robert Bosch Tools NA, Alcatel-Lucent, Xerox, Kodak and other firms) on a variety of closed-loop supply chain and sustainability problems.

According to Dr. Guide, there is a need to develop industrial systems that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. This requires a fundamentally different system of production and consumption. The current business model is based on continually decreasing product lifecycles with increasing rates of replacement which is not environmentally sustainable.  According to Dr. Guide, the way forward is with product-service systems that use remanufacturing and modular designs. This closed-loop supply chain design is used by a number of companies, but all are in the business-to-business sector. There is evidence that the business-to-consumer markets are not ready to adopt a product-service system that includes remanufacturing. Building environmentally and economically sustainable industrial systems is a multi-disciplinary problem that will require leadership from industry to provide lasting solutions.

The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested to assist with seminar planning.

We hope to see you at Sustainability@Wayne!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 313-577-8845 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.