IIMC Professors Receive Prestigious International Assignments

 | August 20,2010 04:30 pm IST

It’s a high time for the IIM Calcutta’s international exchange programme since the institute has received some prestigious international assignments off late. Prof.

Bodhibrata Nag of the Operations Management Group of IIM Calcutta has been awarded the 2010-11 Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship sponsored by the US Department of State's J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the United States-India Educational Foundation. He will be conducting research on "Modeling USA Railroad Operation Strategies for Evaluation and Adaptation in the Indian context" at the Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in association with Prof. Katta Gopalakrishna Murty, Prof. Romesh Saigal and few major US railroads.


Prof. Nag has commenced the research work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor on 16th August 2010. His first phase of engagement with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railways (at its Fort Worth, Texas HQ) is expected to commence soon. Prof. Nag has been given the position of Research Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial & Operations Engineering of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). He will be delivering a number of seminars during his stay at Ann Arbor- the first seminar on "OR opportunities in the railroad industry" (as part of UM IOE Seminar Series) is scheduled on 17th November 2010."


A brief background of the project:

The US railroads carry 43% of the nation's freight traffic, while operating at a far lower operating ratio and with much less manpower, compared to Indian Railways. Average speeds of US railroads are much higher resulting in faster turn-around time, better utilization of assets and hence higher returns and lower unit costs. No comprehensive study has been carried out to date on comparison of the operating strategies of the US and Indian railroads, to obtain the primary differentiators for superior performance.


The objectives of the study are to:


(a) Identify differentiating operations strategies of the US Railroads, which enable their superior performance.


(b)Examine the viability of these differentiating operations strategies in the Indian context. (c)Quantify the gains likely to accrue from the adaptation of these differentiating strategies in the Indian context.


Corresponding to the research objectives, the project is being carried out in three phases:


Phase I: Study the operations strategies of major US Class I railroads and identify differentiating operations strategies.


Phase II: Develop mathematical and simulation models for evaluation of the different strategies in various market scenarios to assess the efficacy of strategies in terms of financial and operation performance parameters.


Phase III: Evaluating prospects of adaptation of different strategies in the Indian context in terms of availability of technology, skills and cost.

While Professor Subrata Mitra of Operations Management group of IIM Calcutta awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Visiting Lecturer Fellowship at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA, January – April/May 2011. He proposes to offer a course titled “Sustainable Supply Chain Management: Models and Cases” to MBA/PhD students at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University for the Spring semester of the academic year, 2010-11.