Professor Tingting Yan wins national early career award

Associate Professor Tingting Yan was honored with the Carol J. Latta Memorial DSI Emerging Leadership Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholarship from the Decision Sciences Institute.

This award is presented annually to one early career scholar in the decision sciences who has served the institute and its goals. Nominees are evaluated based on evidence of excellence in research, teaching and service to DSI.  

Garnering national attention in the field of global supply chain management, Yan is enjoying a rapid career trajectory. Since joining the faculty of the Mike Ilitch School of Business after receiving her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2011, Yan has been published in prestigious journals, delivered insightful presentations to august groups of academics, and begun to receive recognition for her work.

Accolades for a young scholar

Earlier this month, Yan was nominated for the 2015 Past Chairs Emerging Scholars Award, by the Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division of the Academy of Management. The national award’s goal is to recognize an emerging scholar with a solid publication record who shows great promise toward becoming influential within the TIM domain.

To date, she’s had six articles published in top tier journals and actively serves as an editorial board or ad hoc reviewer at a half dozen more. In addition, she’s presented at three national conferences in the past two years. Notably, in 2013, she was selected as "Best Reviewer" for the Journal of Operations Management.  Closer to home, she received the 2014 Excellence in Research Award from the WSU School of Business.

Supply chain in the global economy

"I was attracted to this career by the unlimited opportunities to create and distribute knowledge that helps companies better compete in a globalized economy by developing world-class supply chains," said Yan. "My focus over the next three to five years is how supply networks drive innovation firms could better innovate by better utilizing resources in their customer and supplier networks. It’s from the perspective of the buying firm – a focal firm, which could be either an auto OEM or a tier-3 supplier – and how they can stimulate better innovation within the manager supplier network."

Her efforts at bringing a fresh and dynamic perspective to WSU have been appreciated by her colleagues.

"Tingting has been a tremendous addition to our department," said John Taylor, chair of the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. "The scope, depth and quality of her research in the field of supply chain management is generally associated with an academic far more established. That she has been recognized so early in her career is only further validation of her merit as an emerging scholar."

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