Special guests


Dean of Cambridge Judge Business School


Professor Christoph H. Loch is the Director (Dean) of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS), UK. Before coming to CJBS in 2011, Professor Loch was Chaired Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD, where he also served as Dean of the PhD programme and as the director of the INSEAD Israel Research Center. He served as department editor and Associate Editor of Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management, and as chair of the Behavioral Operations section of INFORMS. Professor Loch holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and a Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur degree from the Darmstadt Institute of Technology in Germany. His research focuses on the management of innovation processes, and project management more broadly; including innovation strategy; projects under high uncertainty; the emotional aspect to the motivation of professional project workers, and project supervision and governance. In 2012, Professor Loch was identified in a benchmarking study as one of the top 10 innovation researchers worldwide. He serves on the supervisory board of an educational software start-up company and is a member of the Cambridge United Football Club board of directors.

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 Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon

Nagesh N. Murthy is the Roger Engemann Professor in the Department of Operations and Business Analytics at the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Business Administration, and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University.  He also received a Master’s in Management and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Hons.) from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.  He is currently also the Associate Executive Director of POMS for Global Initiatives and Outreach.  His prior work experience includes faculty positions at Michigan State University and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also held management positions with Indian Railways and Sundaram Clayton, India Ltd.

He has worked with leading administrators and faculty in Engineering Schools in Oregon and Southwest Washington, major manufacturing firms in the Pacific Northwest, industry consortia, and Governmental and non-profit agencies to foster University-Industry-Government partnerships for enhancing innovation, sustainability, and competitiveness for the manufacturing sector in the region. He spearheaded a benchmarking studyand proposed a blueprint for the establishment of the Northwest Collaboratory for Sustainable Manufacturing (NWCSM). An overarching recommendation of the study to adopt the AMRC model championed by Boeing in Sheffield, UK, was adopted, that subsequently evolved into the big idea for the establishment of the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center(OMIC). He is also the co-founding faculty for the Center for Sustainable Business Practices in the Lundquist College of Business.

His passion is to engage with the industry for experiential education, research, placement, and alumni outreach. His empirical and normative research has been supported by major grants from firms, industry consortia, and government agencies. His field-based research projects have been endorsed by several industry associations such as SAE, SME, EIA, and APICS/ER, among others.  In addition to publishing in premier refereed journals, he has consulted with several Fortune 100 firms and taught in both general and custom executive education programs. He has also engaged with numerous major firms to offer experiential learning opportunities for students and facilitate summer internships and jobs by incorporating plant tours, guest speakers, and real-world problem-solving projects in his operations and supply chain management courses.  Since his arrival at the Lundquist College of Business in 2003, he has engaged with senior executives and organized over 175 company sponsored projects in the areas of facility operations, supply chain management, operations/supply chain analytics, and sustainability in operations and supply chain management, among others