Chair of Production Management

Empirically Grounded Analytics: What and How

Professor Arnd Huchzermeier invited as panelist by the Journal of Operations Management

The 2022 JOM Mini-Conference, which is the first in a series of virtual sessions, will take place on Monday, February 21st from 11:00am - 12:30pm EST.

Panel members are Morris A. Cohen (Panasonic Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics in the Operations, Information and Decisions Department of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), Ricardo Ernst (Baratta Chair in Global Business and Professor of Operations and Global Supply Chain Management at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA),  Arnd Huchzermeier (Chaired Professor of Production Management at WHU's Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany), Hau Lee (Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in Stanford, California, USA) and Andy A. Tsay (Professor of Business and Analytics in the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, USA).

Empirically Grounded Analytic (EGA) research emerges at the intersection of empirical and analytical research. Modeling captures non-linearities and elements of distributions and allows these parameters to be incorporated into decision making. Empirical research transforms observations into knowledge. We empirically ground an analytic model when we create knowledge by toggling between its insights and what we observe when we make use of those insights in practice. Empirical grounding facilitates the transition from insight to decision tool.