Wicked Problem Perspectives Working Group

Capturing and Managing the Complexity and Volatility of Smart Manufacturing/Smart Grid, Big Data, Value Chain Coordination and Related Challenges

May 4-5, 2012

Event description

A two-day program at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management (coordinated by the Center for Technology and Innovation Management of the Northwestern University Buffett Institute)
  • Day 1: Roundtable discussion on value chain challenges
  • Day 2: Smart Manufacturing/Smart Grid and Application of Analytics and Standards Management: Issues and Pedagogy Workshop

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About the workshop participants

Bruce Andersen, General Manager, Global Electronics Industry, IBM. Anderson is responsible for IBM’s Electronics Industry worldwide, across consumer electronics; medical devices; office, industrial and network equipment; and microelectronics manufacturers. He has spent more than 25 years assisting companies in their use of information technology to solve their business problems and gain competitive advantage as a management consultant to the electronics industry. He was previously a vice president and partner in IBM's Global Business Services unit, where he led a large consulting practice focused on supply chain strategy, process re-engineering and systems implementation. He is also the executive in charge of the Rockwell account for IBM.

Alec McMillan, Director, Global Standards and Trade, Rockwell Automation. McMillan joined Allen-Bradley (Rockwell) as European System Marketing Manager in 1985, based in the UK, and transferred to the United States in 1989. Since that time he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the development of Advanced Architecture and Technology. In his current position he is responsible for coordinating companywide global standards and trade programs. Previous to this, he was employed in Europe from 1968-1985 in a range of engineering and management positions. He has been active on numerous domestic and international development committees and advisory boards in standards, advanced process and intelligent manufacturing systems.

Moderator: Michael Radnor, Professor, Kellogg School of Management. At Northwestern for over 40 years, Radnor founded and chaired Kellogg’s Management and Organizations department and heads the NSF launched university-wide Center for Technology and Innovation Management (CTIM) under the Buffet Institute for International and Comparative Studies. He also chairs the multi university-industry Global Advanced Technology Innovation Consortia. He has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and worked as an automation engineer and production manager inWestinghouse, trained in production technology at the UK Lucas Industries, worked as a production engineer with Israel Aircraft Industries and headed the high-tech Tann Controls electronics start-up in Detroit.