MWDSI 2015 Detailed Schedule

Friday, April 25, 2015



Ridenour Room

Room 105




7:30 – 8:00

Registration (Lobby)






8:00 -8:50


Context Scenarios for Teaching Cynefin Framework to Management Students

by Khushwant Pittenger


Words Do Matter: Exploring Consumer’s Willingness to Pay Premium Price using Text Analysis by Nitin Walia



8:00 -8:50


Small Business Still Missing the Boat on Social Media and Internet Advertising

by Daniel Sullivan



Case Study of CPFR by Robert Stoll & Joseph Mucatello


8:00 -8:50



Health Information’s Role in Deciding on Health Issues by Jonathan Albaugh



Health Informatics Research Paper by Taylor Campbell





9:00 -9:50


Keynote Speaker 1

Ron Emery

The Dysfunctional Organization






10:00 -10:50


Treating Epistaxis: A case study examining systemic efficiency, demographics, and economics by Joe Binder


Enhancement of your Online Organizational Development Course with a Business Strategy Project and Video Discussion Forums

by Debra Westerfelt



10:00 -10:50


Systematic Study of Error In Approximations To the One-Sided One Sample K–S Sampling Distribution by Ceyhun Ozgur


Analytic and Heuristic Modeling in Financial Turbulence by George Chang





11:00 -11:50


Political Party Affiliations and Municipal Debt 

Obligations by Candice Vander Weerdt



Modeling Delivery Performance In Make-To-Order Supply Chains by Alfred Guiffrida


11:00 -11:50


Promoting Lean Manufacturing through an Emphasis on Environmental Benefits at the Collegiate Level by Chris Harris



Are lean principles applicable to academic processes in higher education? By Daniela Todorova


Noon – 1:30


Lunch & Awards

Keynote Speaker 2

 Brandon Ritchie




1:30 – 2:15


The Impact Of The Information Category On The Information Security And Privacy Concern – A Literature Review by Xiaodong Deng



The Analysis of Risks and Value in Information Systems by David Chou


1:30 – 2:15


Lean Productivity Enhancements and Waste Elimination through Emerging Technology by Gene Fliedner


An Experiment to Assess the Effect on Investing of Switching Auditors from Big 4 Firms to Regional Firms by Arnold Schneider






2:20 – 3:00


A Study on Behavioral Decision Making under Supply Chain Disruption by Sanjay Kumar



Selection of Statistical Software for Solving Big Data Problems for Teaching by Ceyhun Ozgur


2:20 – 3:00


Towards Agile System Analysis & Design by Amber McConahy & Abhijit Dutt


Adapting an Original Model of Lean Manufacturing Implementation to Rural Medical Practices by Chris Harris



3:00 - 4:30



MWDSI Board Meeting



KeyNote Speaker 1


 Ron Emery has spent over two years trying to capture a number of personal experiences to include in The Dysfunctional Organization. Fixing broken businesses is difficult, considering the stakeholders still have ownership of the processes and are reluctant to give up control to allow the business to grow and be successful. Based on his “over 25 years of executive experience and his consulting experience,” Ron knows how to look for the root cause of the issues and get straight to the remedy. “Many times we try to fix the problems, without understanding the systemic issues that caused the problem in the first place…long story short we will be fixing the problem again and again…”


The Dysfunctional Organization by Ron Emery is a look into many organizations and their reason for lack of competitiveness. Ron has worked with a number of medium to large organizations in a variety of industries over the past thirty years and shares his experiences with the reader on how to make them more competitive.


Ron explains what he has found to be the root cause of many issues within an organization, for example, politics, lack of teamwork, setting the wrong objectives and accepting and rewarding the wrong behaviors. Process development and understanding is key to drive business performance and you can’t improve what you don’t measure. Some of the reasons for the dysfunction are be-yond the organizations control while others are well within its grasp to change. This is a guidebook for those who want to uncover what might be wrong with most organizations today and how to address them with systemic actions that will allow for peak performance.


We in the US can be competitive once again and can return to unparalleled prosperity if we learn to address our inability to lead and step back and realize years of mismanagement of our businesses have lead us to this point. Ron will take us through his years of experience and how we can watch for the pitfalls of our predecessor’s mistakes and prepare for success moving forward. He will show how to reward the proper behavior that will make an organization successful.


There will be time for dialogue and questions as well.



Keynote Speaker 2

Brandon Ritchie is a Banking & Financial Markets Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland (FRBC) where he monitors potential risks and emerging trends in the financial system. He graduated from Ashland University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree majoring in finance, and after, he worked as a Personal Lines Underwriter at Westfield Insurance before joining the Federal Reserve in 2013 as a Statistics Analyst. During his career with the Federal Reserve, Brandon was recognized with the FRBC Premiership award in 2014 for his innovation in financial modeling and data analysis, and his recent data research on the current state of banking conditions will be published in an upcoming article from the FRBC. He currently lives in Northfield, OH and can be reached at