Hello, I'm James Paine, and I am a doctoral candidate at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, studying System Dynamics and its applications to product and service delivery systems.
System Dynamics is a methodological framework to understand, design, and manage change. Using data and technology, System Dynamics models the relationships between all the parts of a system and how those relationships influence the behavior of the system over time. I'm interested in studying complex systems in which upstream decision making (with imperfect information) has long-term consequences, often beyond the attention span of the original decision maker. Examples include an extended view of product life-cycle management that stretches from initial concept to final product disposition. I'm especially interested in the wider costs of product/system failure and recalls.
Prior to deciding to go into academia, my industry background included working on nuclear reactors, teaching introductory Lean Six Sigma, and most recently, CPG product lifecycle management. While these may seem like disparate fields, my interests have always been about the intersection of data and decision making. I love finding connections in data and helping others see the beauty in complex systems.
My research interests include Behavioral Operations Management, Resource Management in Multi-Audience settings, Dynamic Modeling, Compartmental Differential Equation Modeling, Supply Chain Research, and Human-Algorithm Interactions in Operations. I am passionate about combining my academic acumen with my professional experience in the nuclear, reverse logistics, and consumer apparel industries to both enrich the classroom and develop cutting-edge research.
I am on the academic job market with the intent of joining a leading institution as a faculty member in the Fall of 2023.
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