Visiting Scholar, Dre. Jessie Chen
Dr. Jessie Chen, associate professor in the Dept. of Management Science, Antai College of Economics & Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), arrived at Stanford December 15 to spend 6 months conducting research at Stanford’s Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness (SDGC). Every year the department of management science selects and funds one young faculty member to go abroad for study and research at a leading university. Chen was fortunate to be chosen this year and after meeting and discussing her research with Consulting Professor Jie Wang, SDGC’s Executive Director, she chose to come to Stanford.
Chen’s research interests in China are twofold: collaboration between academia and industry, and operations management. She is particularly interested in developing close ties between Chinese universities and Chinese companies in order to stimulate innovation, but has found progress difficult. China’s serious environmental problems make operations management a vital tool in influencing business practices and reducing degradation, but in this area too she is faced with many challenges. SJTU has set up a relationship with MIT, the SJTU -MIT China Leaders for Manufacturing (CLFM) program, of which she is internship director, but its focus is on multinational companies based in China. Some multinational companies follow stricter environmental rules, and can set an example to Chinese industries; their suppliers too must meet certain standards, but Chen’s goal is to develop home grown innovation and sustainable business practices.
Soon after arriving at Stanford, Chen became convinced that operations management must be combined with the concept of sustainability as visualized by SDGC. She is energized by the idea of business practices designed to mitigate environmental impacts and conserve natural resources. At the same time she is studying best practices in the US to promote closer university-industry collaboration and thus stimulate innovation. She is currently working on a paper on this topic, hoping it will provide researchers, policy makers and practitioners in China with valuable suggestions.Chen regards her time at Stanford as an opportunity to read widely, “incubate” research ideas on sustainable operations management, and lay the groundwork for potential research collaboration between SJTU and the SDGC. It has been a stimulating and enriching experience for her, but she is also impatient to return to SJTU to share her knowledge, benefiting not only her school, but she hopes, China itself.
After receiving her BS and MS at X’ian Jiao Tong University, Chen moved to Japan to the Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University, where she received her Ph.D. degree in 2003. She then returned to China to her current position at the Antai College of Economics and Management, SJTU.