PhD in Business Analytics and Operations // Collaborative Research

Collaborative Research

Our collaboration frequently results in articles that are published in top journals. Some recent examples over the last several years include the following. Note: PhD students are listed in bold type.
Sava, M. G., Vargas, L. G., May, J. H., & Dolan, J. G. (2019). An analysis of the sensitivity and stability of patients’ preferences can lead to more appropriate medical decisions. Annals of Operations Research, 1-39.

Pringle, J. L., Milićević, A. S., Fawcett, J. A., May, J. H., Kearney, S. M., Tjader, Y. C., Vargas, D.L., Vargas, L.G., Radack, J.P. & Alaigh, P. L. (2019). MyVA Access: An Evaluation of Changes in Access for a System-Wide Program Implemented in the Veterans Health Administration. American Journal of Medical Quality, 34(3), 266-275.

Sava, M. G., Dolan, J. G., May, J. H., & Vargas, L. G. (2018). A Personalized Approach of Patient–Health Care Provider Communication Regarding Colorectal Cancer Screening Options. Medical Decision Making, 38(5), 601-613.

Ramasubbu, N., Shang, J., May, J. H., Tjader, Y., & Vargas, L. (2018). Task Interdependence and Firm Performance in Outsourced Service Operations. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.

Glowacka, Karolina; May, Jerrold; Goffman, Rachel; May, Elizabeth; Milicevic, Aleksandra Sasha; Rodriguez, Keri; Tjader, Youxu; Vargas, Dominic; and Vargas, Luis G., “On Prioritizing On-Time Arrivals in an Outpatient Clinic,” IIE Transactions on Healthcare Systems Engineering 7 (2017) 93-106.

Christopher Groening, Pinar Yildrim, Vikas Mittal, and Pandu Tadikamalla “Hedging Customer Risk,” Customer Needs and Solutions, (2014) Vol. 1, pp. 105-116.

Roumani, Yazan F., May, Jerrold H., Strum, David P., and Luis G. Vargas, “Classifying highly imbalanced ICU data,” Health Care Management Science (2013) 16:119–128.

Harris, Shannon L, May, Jerrold H., and Vargas, Luis G., “Predictive Analytics Model For Healthcare Planning and Scheduling,” European Journal of Operational Research 253:1 (2016) 121-131.

Nenova, Zlatana D. and May, Jerrold H., “Determining an optimal hierarchical forecasting model based on the characteristics of the data set,” Journal of Operations Management 44 (2016) 62-68.

Nenova, Zlatana D. and Jennifer Shang (2022), Chronic Disease Progression Prediction: Leveraging Case‐Based Reasoning and Big Data Analytics. Production and Operations Management, 31(1), 259-280.

Nenova, Zlatana D. and Jennifer Shang (2022), Personalized Chronic Disease Follow‐Up Appointments: Risk‐Stratified Care Through Big Data. Production and Operations Management, 31(2), 583-606.

Tjader, Youxu C., May, Jerrold H., Shang, Jennifer, Vargas, Luis G., and Gao, Ning, “Firm-level outsourcing decision making: A balanced scorecard-based analytic network process model,” International Journal of Production Economics, 147 (2014) 614-623.

May, Jerrold H., Shang, Jennifer, Tjader, Youxu C., and Vargas, Luis G., “A New Methodology for Sensitivity and Stability Analysis of Analytic Network Models,” European Journal of Operational Research 224:1 (2013) 180–188.

Banciu, Mihai, and Prakash Mirchandani. 2013. “New Results Concerning Probability Distributions with Increasing Generalized Failure Rates.” Operational Research. 61 (2013) 925-931.

May, Jerrold H., Jennifer Shang, Youxi C. Tjader, and Luis G. Vargas. A New Methodology for Sensitivity and Stability Analysis of Analytic Network Models,” European Journal of Operational Research, 224 (2013) 180–188.

Orrin Cooper, Pandu Tadikamalla, and Jennifer Shang. Selection of a Third- Party Logistics Provider: Capturing the Introduction and Influence of Performance Metrics with the Analytical Network Process, Journal of Multi Criteria Decision Analysis, May-Aug 2012, v. 19, 115-128.

Glowacka, Karolina, Lowe , Timothy J., and Richard E. Wendell, “The Impact of Non-Agility on Service Level and Project Duration,” Decision Sciences, 2012, V. 43, No. 5, pp. 957-971

Balakrishnan, A, Banciu, Mihai, Glowacka, Karolina,, and Prakash Mirchandani, “Hierarchical Approach for Survivable Network Design,” Accepted for Publication in European Journal of Operational Research (2012).

Banciu, Mihai, Gal-Or, Esther, and Prakash Mirchandani, “Bundling Strategies When Products are Vertically Differentiated and Capacities are Limited,” Management Science, 56 (2010) 2207-2223. Ramasubbu

Shang, Jennifer, Tjader, Youxu C., and, Luis G. Vargas, Offshore Outsourcing Decision Making: A Policy-Maker’s Perspective,” European Journal of Operational Research, 207(1), 2010, 434-444.

Foster, Krista, Penninti, P., Shang, J., Kekre, S., Hegde, G. G., & Venkat, A. (2018). Leveraging big data to balance new key performance indicators in emergency physician management networks. Production and Operations Management, 27(10), 1795-1815.

Gu, W., Foster, Krista, Shang, J., & Wei, L. (2019). A game-predicting expert system using big data and machine learning. Expert Systems with Applications, 130, 293-305.

Lin, Y. H., Kulangara, N., Foster, Krista, & Shang, J. (2020). Improving green market orientation, green supply chain relationship quality, and green absorptive capacity to enhance green competitive advantage in the green supply chain. Sustainability, 12(18), 7251.

Gu, W., Foster, Krista, & Shang, J. (2016). Enhancing market service and enterprise operations through a large-scale GIS-based distribution system. Expert Systems with Applications, 55, 157-171.

Huang, C., Chen, L., Tadikamalla, P. R., & Gordon, Mike M. (2021). Valuation and investment strategies of carbon capture and storage technology under uncertainties in technology, policy and market. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 72(2), 292-303.

Laik, Joyaditya, & Mirchandani, P. (2021). Effect of seasonality, sales growth rate, and fiscal year end on cash conversion cycle. Decision Sciences.

Sava, M. Gabriela, May, J. H., Shang, J., Vargas, L. G., & Dolan, J. G. (2022). A unified framework for joint patient-physician collaboration: The colorectal cancer screening problem. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 73(6), 1211-1226.

Sava, M. Gabriela., Stanciu, A., Dolan, J. G., May, J. H., & Vargas, L. G. (2022). Implications of the stability analysis of preferences for personalised colorectal cancer screening. Journal of Multi‐Criteria Decision Analysis, 29(3-4), 244-258.


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