Gyula Vastag is Professor and Director of the Management PhD Program (szeeds.sze.hu) at Széchenyi University (Győr, Hungary) and Professor (part-time) at the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary). Born in Hungary, he earned Ph.D., and Doctor of Sciences degrees from the predecessor of Corvinus University of Budapest, from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and finished habilitation at Corvinus University. Between 1989 and 2006, he worked in the United States on the faculties of the Kelley School of Business (Indiana University), The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management (Michigan State University), and The Kenan-Flagler Business School (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Between 2005 and 2007, he was Visiting Professor (part-time) at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands). He spent the 2000/2001 academic year in Stuttgart where he was Professor and Dean of Supply Chain Management Programs and held a visiting professorship afterwards. Dr. Vastag co-authored five books (by Elsevier, Pearson and the National Association of Purchasing Management), wrote eight business cases, and he has contributed chapters to about 20 books. His papers (30+ refereed journal publications) were published in a variety of peer-reviewed academic (including five papers in the Financial Times list of Top Journals) and professional journals in the United States and in Europe and in numerous conference proceedings. Gyula received several research awards: New Central Europe Distinguished Senior Researcher Scholarship (2014), Best Applications Paper Award by Alpha Iota Delta – The International Honor Society in Decision Sciences and Information Systems (2012), and Award for Research Excellence from Corvinus University (2009). He was the Founding Editor of the Pannon Management Review, is the Associate Editor of the Decision Sciences and serves on the editorial boards of the Central European Business Review, Business Research, Logistics Research, International Journal of Quality Innovation and Vezetéstudomány. He served as Senior Editor for Decision Sciences Journal’s focused Issue on “Supply Chain Decisions in Governmental Organizations.”
Dr. Vastag worked with a number of organizations including the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota), Coloplast Hungary, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, Global TransPark Authority of North Carolina, Knorr-Bremse Hungary, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, North Carolina State University, International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), ESSEC-Mannheim Business School (Germany), OTP Bank, and the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).
He is Founding Member, Member of the Executive Board (since 2009) and President of the European Decision Sciences Institute (2017-2018). Between 2010 and 2016 he was on the Board of the Decision Sciences Institute and served, among other assignments, as Vice President for Global Activities, Vice President for Member Services, Vice President for Europe and Member of the Executive Board. He is Founding Member and past Associate Director of the Global Manufacturing Research Group. He served on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Inventory Research (1998-2006); between 2006 and 2014 he was Member of the Auditing Committee. Currently, he is member of the European Operations Management Association’s Board. Gyula was Program Chair, Track Chair, PhD Workshop Coordinator and member of the Scientific Committee of numerous conferences, including – among others – the 4th Annual Conference of the European Decision Sciences Institute (2013), 44th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (2013), 2015 Conference of the International Public Management Network (IPMN), the 2015 Conference of the Transatlantic Policy Consortium (TPC) and the upcoming 47th Annual Meeting of the Decision Sciences Institute (2017) and the 25th EurOMA Conference (2018).