Meet Konrad Peszynski: expert in Electronic Procurement and Supply Chain Technologies
Konrad has conducted numerous research projects that encompass E-business assimilation, solutions for delivery optimisation and the business value of web 2.0.
He discusses the evolution of supply chain management and adapting to the ever changing business environment.
What is your current research and teaching focus?
My research is currently focused around supply chain management. Topics that are currently being explored by my PhD candidates include 'Adding value to onshore manufacturing in Australia', 'The role of power as part of the supply chain' and 'Demand and supply chain management of Chinese fashion apparel industry'.
This aligns with my teaching, which is primarily part of various postgraduate programs in electronic procurement and supply chain technologies.
This is an exciting area as it is one that constantly changes and evolves as we improve our understanding of the different technologies - such as 3D Printing, Drones and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) - and the impact these have on the supply chain.
The future is limitless in terms of the various improvements and enhancements to technology.
What is your goal - what do you seek to learn?
I seek to learn as much as possible in terms of the various technologies and how they can impact supply chain operations, as well as keep on top of the evolution of these technologies. I also like to learn about various cultures and the impact this has around supply chain operations.
I'm a 'social scientist' in terms of the disciplines as I like to seek out the human impact that technology and processes have on the supply chain. A good portion of what I like to do is learn about people.
Explain the impact of your research, who can learn from it and how?
Outcomes from my research influence organisations and the senior management within those organisations. Findings typically benefit the strategic development and revision process, allowing organisations to refine processes by considering and incorporating various technologies on the basis of ‘best fit’ and what the organisations aim to achieve. In addition, there are the theoretical and methodological contributions the research adds.
What was the key finding of your recent work?
To adapt to the ever changing business environment and advancement in technology, the design and management of a supply chain have undergone major changes in focus ranging from cost cutting to value creation to total integration. Specifically, supply chain design has evolved from the product categorisation approach, the one-size-fits-all lean or agile solution, to the latest dynamic network alignment model.
Similarly, research on managing a supply chain has undergone a few paradigm shifts with the attention placed mainly on the supply side (supply chain management) at the beginning, then on the demand side (demand chain management), and lately on integration and alignment of all involved business functions (demand supply management).
What has been the proudest moment in your research and teaching career so far?
Receiving the RMIT Award in 2014 for high impact strategies for progression, retention and attainment in Higher Education. This was for sustained excellence through student-centred teaching that engages students to promote high levels of attainment in the discipline of supply chain management.
Story: Monaliza Platini