BOSTON – June 6, 2008 – Amiya Chakravarty, Philip R. McDonald Chair and Pro­fessor of Oper­a­tions and Supply Chain Man­age­ment in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, has been rec­og­nized by the Vienna Uni­ver­sity of Eco­nomics and Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion and the Austrian-​​American Edu­ca­tional Com­mis­sion as the recip­ient of the Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Chair for the Spring 2008. Pro­fessor Chakravarty, whose exper­tise in supply chain man­age­ment and global oper­a­tions led him to this posi­tion, has spent the past two months at Vienna Uni­ver­sity. He has been focusing on research projects in product bundling and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion value chain, and teaching advanced man­age­ment courses on market-​​driven supply chain.

Having pre­vi­ously vis­ited the Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Dublin, Ire­land, Dr. Chakravarty is inter­ested in col­lab­o­rating with Euro­pean scholars who are doing advanced supply chain research in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and auto indus­tries. With the emerging tech­nolo­gies in telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties for com­pa­nies to posi­tion them­selves in the value chain, from soft­ware to net­works device man­u­fac­turers and ser­vice car­riers, and Chakravarty is looking at sev­eral aspects of this field to try to help guide deci­sion makers with inno­v­a­tive busi­ness models. By working with experts in Europe, he hopes to expand his knowl­edge and col­lab­o­rate with them on how to develop new busi­ness models that rep­re­sent both the Euro­pean and Amer­ican busi­ness standards.

The Ful­bright grant has afforded me the oppor­tu­nity to work with like-​​minded pro­fes­sionals inter­ested in devel­oping new ways to create links between the United States and Europe through common research projects,” said Chakravarty.

Chakravarty is also spending time teaching stu­dents about how to make a supply chain respon­sive in prod­ucts, processes and tech­nology. By uti­lizing inter­ac­tive tools with his stu­dents, such as online dis­cus­sions and audio pre­sen­ta­tions, he hopes to foster a unique learning envi­ron­ment. “I believe that the transfer of knowl­edge from the instructor to the stu­dents must also moti­vate them to interact with one another,” added Chakravarty. “Stu­dents learn through dis­covery and from inter­ac­tions with people and objects, and I hope that I facil­i­tate the type of envi­ron­ment con­ducive to such learning for my stu­dents while at Vienna University.”

With the semester coming to a close, Chakravarty hopes to present his research find­ings in journal arti­cles and in a new book that he will be writing. He hopes to con­tinue his studies both in the United States and abroad, based on his expe­ri­ence in Vienna.

For more infor­ma­tion about Chakravarty or his research, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.