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The GSDM’s Research Seminar Series invites academic researchers from around the country to present their working papers on a wide range of topics relevant to GSDM academic areas (economics, financial management, operations and logistics management, management and organizations, acquisition). The Series facilitates thought-provoking discussions between the GSDM faculty and external scholars, hence directly fulfilling the NPS mission “to sustain academic excellence, foster and encourage a program of relevant and meritorious research which both supports the needs of Navy and Department of Defense while building the intellectual capital of Naval Postgraduate School faculty.”




07/13/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 3:00 pm - 04:15 pm
Title of Seminar: Service Industrialization and the US Economy
Dr. Uday Karmarkar, UCLA Distinguished Professor and LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy; UCLA Anderson School of Management

ABSTRACT: The US economy is now both a service economy and an information economy.  This shift is accompanied by many significant and disruptive changes at the sector, employment, industry, company, work process and job levels.  A primary driver of all of these trends is technology driven “service industrialization”.  This talk will outline the mechanisms of industrialization, and the resulting changes at the level of the economy, sector and industry levels.  Many of these changes are still in process and likely to continue for decades.  One consequence is a need to rethink company strategy and organization.

Dr. Uday Karmarkar's bio: 

Uday S. Karmarkar is UCLA Distinguished Professor and LA Times Chair of Technology and Strategy at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. His research interests include the information economy, operations strategy, and technology management in manufacturing, service and information industries.  Professor Karmarkar has published numerous research papers, book chapters and articles and has co-edited seven research volumes. He was the founding editor of two journals and has served on several editorial boards.  He has been a visitor at leading schools in France, Italy, Korea, India, the Netherlands and Switzerland. 

Dr. Karmarkar previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester, where he held the Xerox Chair in Operations and was founder and Director of the Center for Manufacturing and Operations Management. He holds a B.Tech. from I.I.T. Bombay and a Ph.D. in Management Science from M.I.T.  He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT-B in 1997 and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2003.  He received an IBM Faculty Research award in 2004.  He was elected an Honorary Fellow of IITB in 2008 and was recognized by a Laudatio in the POM journal in 2012.  He received the MSOM Distinguished Service Award in 2003 and was elected a Fellow of MSOM in 2014.  Professor Karmarkar has undertaken projects in business development, digital strategy, technology management, industrial marketing, organizational design, manufacturing and supply chain management with over 50 firms and public sector organizations in the US, Europe and Asia.  

Industrialization, Productivity and the Shift to Services and Information

Service Industrialization, Employment and Wages in the US Information Economy

Management and Business Review - Service Industrialization, Convergence, and Digital Transformation

Service Industrialization and the US Economy (PowerPoint Slides)


04/09/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Pay Now, Play Later: Political Connections and Underwriting Relationships in the Muni Market
Z. Jay Wang, University of Oregon


01/12/2021 | Location: Zoom | Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Reshaping Adolescents' Gender Attitudes: Evidence from a School-Based Experiment in India. 
Seema Jayachandran, Northwestern University


02/12/2020 | Location: Ingersoll Hall 122 | Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Title of Seminar: Deliver Capability to the Warfighter - Faster!
Jeff Dunlap, NPS


01/23/2020 | Location: Ingersoll Hall 278 | Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Religion and 360º strategic thinking: A View from Europe
Sean Oliver-Dee, Oxford University


09/20/2019 | Location: Ingersoll Hall | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: How Controlling Failure Perceptions Affects Performance (Evidence from a Field Experiment)
Jason Schloetzer, Georgetown University


08/01/2019 | Location: Ingersoll Hall | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Introduction to the Design Structure Matrix (DSM) for Management and Engineering Researchers
Tyson Browning, Texas Christian University


07/17/2019 | Location: Reed 201 | Time: 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Title of Seminar: Influence over-qualification on hiring decisions, job-selection, and performance
Patricia Martinez, Loyola Marymount University


05/30/2019 | Reed Hall 201 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
A DDDAMS-based Surveillance and Crowd Control via UABs and UGVs
Young-Jun Son, University of Arizona


01/31/2019 | Reed Hall 201 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Labor Market Impacts of the Seattle Minimum Wage Initiative
Jacob Vigdor, University of Washington 

For more information about the GSDM’s Research Seminar Series, please contact Chong Wang, the faculty coordinator, at 831-656-2665 or