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Tippie PhD Student Wins APICS Competition

Dengfeng Zhang, a PhD student in the Tippie College’s Department of Management Sciences has won the APICS Educational and Research Foundation's Plossl Dissertation Competition.

The dissertation proposal "Essays on Consignment Contracts and Dynamic Pricing in a Virtual Marketplace," aims to investigate the decisions and channel performance under a consignment contract within the context of a virtual marketplace and how they differ from a traditional wholesale contract. It also studies a revenue management problem in an e-commerce setting where buyers are sensitive to both price and seller reputation.

The Plossl Doctoral Dissertation Competition provides an opportunity for students to receive recognition for timely dissertations in the resource management industry. The E&R Foundation grants awards of $2,500 for dissertations in the various special interest areas. Zhang’s award was in the Delivering Products and Services interest area.

The George and Marion Plossl Research Fellowship supports doctoral dissertation research on a subject related to operations management. Named in honor of the late George and Marion Plossl, leading volunteers and long-time supporters of the APICS Educational and Research Foundation (E&R), this fellowship emphasizes practical, usable research.

The Management Sciences Department in the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business specializes in the use of advanced computational and mathematical techniques to solve critical business problems. Research and instruction specialties include operations management, information systems, and quantitative methods.

The department’s PhD program encompasses three broad areas of management sciences: Management Information Systems; Operations Management; and Quantitative Methods. Faculty and students work individually or in small teams, sometimes with external clients, to identify previously unstructured problems amenable to computer modeling. The solutions to these models lead to useful interpretations and deeper extensions that are worthy of further analysis by Quantitative Methods. Although a student must choose one of the following three areas as a major area of concentration, interdisciplinary work is encouraged and frequently appears in dissertations.

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