|Dr. Ashok Kumar is currently serving as E. Seidman Endowed Chair and professor of management at Grand Valley State University, Michigan (www.ashok-kumar.org). He received his Ph.D. in operations management from Purdue University, Indiana; a master’s degree in quality and reliability engineering from University of Birmingham, U.K.; and baccalaureate degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Agra University, Uttar Pradesh. His research and teaching interests encompass operations strategy, including sustainable operations and mass customization, Stochastic Supply Chain Systems, quality assurance, and Six Sigma. He has authored/co-authored over 180 publications that have appeared in leading operations management journals such as Management Science and Operations Research. Two of his papers are published in the Encyclopedia of Operations Research (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2010). Dr. Kumar has served in various editorial capacities on nine operations management journals, including Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Journal of Flexible Service and Manufacturing. He has also held numerous professional leadership positions, including general chair of the Global Conference on Mass Customization in 2006. His major honors include Fulbright Scholar (2012), Niemeyer Outstanding Faculty Award (2012), E. Siedman Endowed Chair (2011-present), AIMS Distinguished Service Award (2009), Distinguished Contributions to a Discipline Award (2008), India Link Dedicated Service award (2010), and Outstanding Contribution to Quality Activities in India (1983).
As a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, Dr. Kumar will offer sustainability-focused efforts, including teaching a course, organizing a symposium, and conducting research with host faculty and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor, to drive home the imperativeness of corporate sustainability (CS) for success and growth of Indian businesses and business schools. A corporation is considered sustainable when the entirety of its policies, operations and practices are designed to improve its triple bottom line (TBL; i.e., profits, planet, and people) and not just the profits. According to recent surveys by Accenture, KPMG, and others, CEOs overwhelmingly believe that corporate sustainability (CS) must be an integrated competitive strategy for survival and growth.