Spring 2008 UMASS Amherst
Operations Research / Management Science Seminar Series

Date: Friday, February 15, 2008

Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Isenberg School of Management, Room 210

Speaker: Dr. Denise Sumpf

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  Bangkok, Thailand

Biography: Denise Sumpf received her doctoral degree (summa cum laude) from the Department of Strategy, Organization and Leadership at the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). Her research interests span from strategic management issues such as post-merger integration management to decision-making problems such as perceptual biases. After working as a consultant for the private sector, she joined the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in 2005. Currently working in the Transport Facilitation Section, Denise focuses on the analysis of transport corridors and transport routes as well as on the implementation of projects concerned with the establishment of interregional land and land-cum-sea transport linkages that enable economic and social development in landlocked and transit countries.

TITLE: The Development of Transport Corridors in Asia
Abstract: Functioning modes of transport with a high degree of connectivity embedded in interregional networks are enabling factors for trade and market  access. Transport development, addressing both infrastructure development and transport facilitation measures, is a complex endeavor depending on political, economic, social and environmental factors. However, the improvement of regional transport corridors and transport networks, such as the Asian Highway Network and the Trans-Asian-Railway Network supports the integration of landlocked and transit countries by enabling access to global markets and, in turn, promoting economic growth and regional cooperation, which may strengthen regional political/democratic stability and may improve global security. The presentation will discuss the approach to transport development (especially transport corridors) as pursued by international organizations in Asia.

This series is organized by the UMASS Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter. Support for this series is provided by the Isenberg School of Management, the Department of Finance and Operations Management, INFORMS, and the John F. Smith Memorial Fund.

For questions, please contact the INFORMS Student Chapter Speaker Series Coordinator, Ms. Trisha Woolley, twoolley@som.umass.edu