Under the editorship of the renowned researcher Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, InTech recently published the book Supply Chain Management-Applications and Simulations, to be comprised in its already highly popular SCM collection of publications. Dr. Habib is presently working as Assistant Professor at Operations Management in Business Administration, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB).
Among other invaluable professional experience, Dr. Habib has been teaching, training, consulting and researching in-depth SCM for ten years now, and has published research papers 25 times up-to-date. As well as being the editor of an InTech’s book for a second time, Dr. Habib is also the author of the opening chapter titled “Supply Chain Management (SCM): Theory and Evolution”.
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Dr. Habib, could you tell us something about your activity as a researcher. What is your main field of study, and main interests as a researcher?
As a researcher, I’m serving as the Editor-in-Chief/Editor/Editorial Board Member/Reviewer in different international journals. I’m also serving as Technical/Program Committee Member in different International Conferences, including IEEE ITMC’2011, ICCTD’2011, IEEE IEEM’2011. Furthermore, I’m working as Ph.D. External examiner (Evaluator of Ph.D. Dissertation). Some students are doing Ph.D. under my supervision. My main field of study is Supply Chain Management. My main interests are Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Engineering Management, Educational Management, to name a few.
You have been researching the field of Supply Chain Management. What is the value of SCM within organisations?
Supply chain management (SCM) involves management of flows or products, information, and finance upstream and downstream in the supply chain within organizations. SCM is a broadened management focus that considers the combined impact of all the companies involved in the production of goods and services, from suppliers to manufacturers, to wholesalers, retailers, final consumers, and beyond to disposal and recycling. In fact, SCM has high impact in terms of operations management within organizations to achieve stakeholders’ satisfaction.
What is the main benefit for both the organisation and its customers/stakeholders when implementing a SCM strategy?
The objective of SCM is to incorporate activities across and within organizations for providing the customer/stakeholders value. It also means establishing effective and feasible relationships both inside and outside the organization. It encompasses everything required to satisfy customers/stakeholders and includes determining which products they will buy, how to produce them, and how to deliver them.
If the SCM strategy imployed is not adapted or adopted properly, what are the possible negative consequences that could occur?
The possible consequences that could occur are reduced operations, lower outsourcing, decreased profits, customer dissatisfaction, quality deterioration, declining globalization, decreased importance of E-commerce, among other.
What areas of business or industries could mostly be improved by the application of a good SCM plan?
SCM is needed for various reasons, e.g. improving operations, better outsourcing, increasing profits, enhancing customer satisfaction, generating quality outcomes, tackling competitive pressures, increasing globalization, increasing importance of E-commerce, and growing complexity of supply chains.
By the application of a good SCM plan, Manufacturing and Service Industries would be improved significantly. Specially, food, garments and textiles, electronics and computers, among others. Manufacturing industries would improve their operations through a good SCM plan. Also, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, banks, insurances and others in service industries would enhance their operations through a proper implementation of an SCM plan.
In your opinion, would the SCM concept be applicable within service industries as well?
Definitely. If you observe the following evolutionary timeline of SCM, then you could realize the recent development of the application of SCM for the service industries. I developed a supply chain management model for the educational institutions, which represent one of the service industries. The main goal of SCM for service industries is to produce quality outcomes for the betterment of the society.
Would you please inform us about the educational supply chain management?
I developed the ITESCM (Integrated Tertiary Educational Supply Chain Management) model for the universities. This exploratory study addresses the education supply chain, the research supply chain, and educational management as major constituents in the ITESCM model. This model provides two main contributions to the end customer, i.e. the society, including human resource contribution and research contribution, i.e. quality graduates and quality research outcomes respectively. The applicability of the model can be confirmed empirically. However, model evaluation by actual implementation is suggested for prospective investors or current university administrators.
What are your future plans and your next projects?
My future plan is to accomplish a Post Doctoral Fellowship in the Supply Chain Management area. I would also like to join as Technical/Program Committee Member to serve as sessions chair in supply chain track, a reviewer as well as a presenter in the following conferences:
IEEE IEEM Conference, Singapore, December, 2011
IEEE ICMIT Conference, Indonesia, June, 2012
IEEE ITMC Conference, USA, June, 2012
INFORMS IEOM Conference, Turkey, July, 2012
Recently, I was invited to become the Editor-in-Chief of the “International Journal of Operations Management (IJOM)”. I also joined the Advisory Board of Exceling Tech Publisher, London, UK. I would like to accomplish further projects and write a book in the Research Methodology area, as well as keep collaborating with InTech and work as an Editor for books in the areas of Supply Chain Management and Operations Management.
Now that you have published Open Access, do you feel there are more benefits to it in comparison to traditional publishing?
I published three books under the traditional publishing model in the past. Though authors would receive the royalty by selling books in traditional publishing, however, it would be difficult to collect such kind of books from developing countries due to high costs. On the other hand, it is very convenient for students and researchers of developing countries to download from Open Access Publishers due to free of cost.
Are you satisfied with InTech as your Open Access publisher?
My first book “Management and Services” and a chapter, “An Empirical Research of ITESCM Model” have been published by InTech in 2010. “Supply Chain Management – Applications and Simulations” is my second editorial book for InTech and my chapter, “Supply Chain Management (SCM): Theory and Evolution” is comprised in that book. During this tenure, I achieved excellent experience with InTech and their co-operations are highly appreciable, undoubtedly. Therefore, I would like to collaborate on further projects with InTech.
About the Author:
Dr. Md. Mamun Habib, is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB). He received his Ph.D and M.S. with outstanding performance in CEM from Assumption University, Thailand. He has developed a Supply Chain Management model for Tertiary Educational Institutions at his doctoral degree level and subsequently received his B.Sc. in EEE from BUET, Bangladesh. Furthermore, he has a 10-year experience in the field of teaching graduate and postgraduate students, as well as in training, consultancy and research. As a researcher, Dr. Habib published about 25 research papers, including 15 Conference Proceedings, 5 Journal articles, and 5 book chapters/books. Books have been published from India, Croatia, and Germany and 2 books that have recently come out are available at Amazon.com. Also, he serves as the Editor-in-Chief/Editor/Editorial Board Member/Reviewer of books/journals/conferences and is a Ph.D. External examiner (Evaluator of Ph.D. Dissertation). Among the Journals Dr. Habib collaborates to, included are the Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM)-Wiley Blackwell, the Journal of Operations Management (JOM)-Elsevier, Problem and Perspectives in Management (PPM), Scientific Journals International (SJI), and the International Journal of Business Research and Management (IJBRM). His core research areas are supply chain management, educational management, production & operations management, engineering management, technology management. Finally, Dr. Habib is an active member of different professional organizations, including IEEE, IEB, AIMS, INFOMS, just to name a few.
Dear Mamun, Salam. I am exceedingly happy to see this interview and your thoughts. I am sure you would contribute significantly in your own field and people would remember you forever. I am proud of you as a cousin. Heartiest congratulations. Dr Tareque Fazal, Associate Professor, Political Science, Rajshahi University, Bangladesh.
SIR, C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S..
It is an absolute pleasure to be informed that your new book has been published. I feel lucky to read the book putting it on my hand and waiting eagerly for your new book which one you are writing now. Hope it will be published soon.
About your interview, “..hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, banks, insurances and others in service industries would enhance their operations through a proper implementation of an SCM plan..”.. we think this is very important for our businessmen to realize the latest trends for better service as well as higher profit.
Thank you very much SIR for giving us new books and thoughts about SCM.