Upcoming Lecture:

One of the great challenges in modern healthcare is how to improve access to health services and medications in remote and underserved communities. Major barriers include financial viability, availability of personnel and transportation.

In particular, capital investment in permanent facilities and equipment can be infeasible due to the cost per person. It can be difficult to find medical professionals to provide full-time care to these communities. And bringing healthcare to remote/rural communities often requires covering large geographic areas that have less-than-desirable infrastructure.

At the next event in our Distinguished Lecture Series, Jonathan Helm from Indiana University will discuss these challenges and potential solutions that lie at the intersection of supply chain management, operations management and analytics. His focus will be on mobile healthcare resources.

These resources can provide services that rotate between multiple underserved communities and deliver medications in a more cost-effective manner. Mobile resources reduce the financial and logistical burden while providing much higher access to care for residents of these regions that have historically been lacking.

Helm will also highlight some of the data challenges in developing analytics in rural, remote and underserved regions. He will draw upon several research projects in the U.S. and Africa to highlight specific challenges.

Examples include projects to reach rural veterans in the U.S., deliver malaria medication in Malawi, address maternal mortality in remote and rural communities in Botswana, and prevent and treat addiction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

About the speaker:

Jonathan Helm is a professor in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and W.W. Grainger Inc. Faculty Fellow. His research has been broadly implemented in the healthcare industry and published in top-ranked business, medical, analytics and healthcare engineering journals.

He has won upwards of 20 international research awards. In 2024, he won first place in the Innovative Application of Analytics Awards for a project that combines human expertise and machine learning to battle the nursing- shortage crisis.


Past Lectures:

2023-2024 Lectures

May 22, 2024

Annette Atuahene

Nannette Atuahene
Founder, On Our Watch Global

“Building a Future-Ready Supply Chain Industry: Uncovering the Untapped Potential of Synergy Between Academia, Industry and Policy Makers”


February 15, 2024

Marcia Mkansi
Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, University of South Africa

“Research-based Innovation in Africa”

Lecture highlights


2022-2023 Lectures

September 15, 2023

Nathaniel Boso

Nathaniel Boso
Professor of International Marketing and Strategy, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

“Developing and Utilizing Relational Political Resources to Navigate Institutional Complexities”

Lecture highlights


August 24, 2023

Mei Li

Mei Li
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Oklahoma

“Dare to Cheat? The Liabilities of Newness and Foreignness in Containing Sustainability Fraud in China”

Lecture highlights


April 20, 2023

Stephan Wagner

Stephan Wagner
Professor and Chair of Logistics Management, ETH Zurich

“Startups in the Supply Chain Ecosystem — Practice and Research”

Lecture highlights


February 9, 2023

Frank Ojadi

Frank Ojadi
Lecturer, Lagos Business School

“Seaports and African Trade: the Role of Ports in Africa’s Economic Growth”

Lecture highlights


December 8, 2022

Denis Wolowiecki

Denis Wolowiecki
Executive Managing Director, CAPS Research

“Thinking Beyond Procurement”

Lecture highlights


October 20, 2022

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley
Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

“Working With Industry on Supply Chain Sustainability Issues”

Lecture highlights


2021-2022 Lectures

September 2, 2022

John Karani

John Karani
Chairman, Kenya Institute of Supplies Management

“The Journey Toward Supply Chain Management Professionalism: Lessons From the Institute of Supplies Management”

Lecture highlights


June 16, 2022

Veronica Villena

Veronica Villena
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, Arizona State University

“Do Sustainability and Resilience Go Hand in Hand? The Case of Pennsylvania Dairy Farmers”

Lecture highlights


April 21, 2022

Samuel Fosso Wamba

Samuel Fosso Wamba
Associate Dean of Research, Toulouse Business School, France

“Exploring AI Capabilities in Operations Management: Going From a Bibliometric Analysis to Empirical Studies”

Lecture highlights


February 25, 2022

Tobias Schoenherr
Hoagland-Metzler Endowed Professor in Purchasing and Supply Management, Michigan State University

“Best Practices for Publishing: Lessons Learned and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management (IJOPM) Perspective”

Lecture highlights


December 2, 2021

Mark Pagell
Chair in Global Leadership,
Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management, University College Dublin
Co-Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Supply Chain Management 

Watch now: Contemporary Research on Sustainable Supply Chain Management and What Leading Journals like JSCM Look for in a Submission


October 1, 2021

Francis K. Ando-Baidoo
Associate Professor of Information Systems, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“How to Turn Your Thesis or Dissertation into a Peer-Reviewed Publication”