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Recently I have been asked by my School, and my Research Group, to give a talk about how to write a good paper. Here are the notes of my talk, but please do not take them too seriously. There are many ways to write a good paper, this is just my personal viewpoint. Abstract for the talk.I consider the ingredients of a good paper. a) problem inspired by a practical setting b) a clear contribution c) a strong methodical background d) co-authors that contribute fully to the design of the research and its execution e) a complete analysis of the problem, even if it means discarding work or starting again f) incorporating feedback via lectures, seminars, and conference presentations g) a comprehensive review process, where all of the referees comments are fully explored and dealt with h) a considered approach where ideas are left to mature so a fresh perspective can be gained.

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Being a member of the Scientific Committee for Academic Conferences is an honor. I get to see some of the worlds best research before it is presented publically. However, this honor bestows upon me the responsibility to help promote the conferences. To this end please find below some information on some upcoming conferences: 26th European Operations Management Association Annual Conference, in Helsinki, Finland, 17th - 19th June 2019.International Society for Inventory Research, PhD Summer School in Leuven, Belgium, August 26th-30th, 2019.

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The SpeedFactory App, under development and hosted on this website, makes the news at Vlerick Business School in a nice article written by Professor Robert Boute.

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My current work-in-progress with Robert Boute (KULeuven) and Jan Van Mieghem (NorthWestern) on Speed Factories has been summarised into a nice article written by Sachin Waikar appearing in Kellogg Insight. This article has also been republished by IndustryWeek.com.

Postscript: Our Speed Factory article was voted one of the top 15 articles in Kellogg Insight for 2018! It was the only Operations Management article in the list.

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My current work-in-progress with Robert Boute (KULeuven) and Jan Van Mieghem (NorthWestern) on Speed Factories has been summarised into a nice article written by Sachin Waikar appearing in Kellogg Insight. This article has also been republished by IndustryWeek.com.

Postscript: Our Speed Factory article was voted one of the top 15 articles in Kellogg Insight for 2018! It was the only Operations Management article in the list.

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Together with my co-author Xun Wang, I have been investigating the dynamic response of the order-up-to (OUT) replenishment policy. This is the algorithm used in many ERP/MRP systems to make replenishment orders. We found when the OUT policy is operating in a linear mode (without hitting a production capacity or inventory storage constraint, or when unmet demand is backlogged rather than lost), the policy is stable and does not generate chaotic responses.

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A few years ago I was grading my MBA exams. One of the questions was on Activity Sampling which I have taught based on the the Wald Interval, the standard Operations Management textbook method for identifying the confidence interval. In the middle of the pile of scripts I started to wonder why the Wald Interval, which is based on the normal distribution, would work on the binomial problem within the Activity Sampling procedure?

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