1989 MS, Engineering Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Moscow, Russia
2009 PhD in Business Administration and Operations Research (dual title degree) from the Smeal College of Business, The Pennsylvania State University, USA
Teaching philosophy: Evidence-based and goal-oriented teaching.
"What is worth teaching?" This probably seems a very strange question for an instructor to think of. Isn't it subject matter? The answer, it seems, may not be as straightforward if one looks at the real-world evidence. According to alumni of Wharton Business School with 5, 10 and 15 years of practical experience after graduation, the most important skill they gained at the university was neither the ability to speak and write, nor the leadership, nor the team work and not even the subject-specific skills!
What is most effective way for developing that (not mentioned above) most important skill? Is it about using a whiteboard or keeping up with innovations (apps, videos, etc)? Looking for the answers supported by real-life evidence one comes across Taiichi Ohno who, arguably, was one of the best teachers of all times in the business world (judging by the results). He was saying that acting like a mom inhibits learning. Dr Sebastian Thrun, one of pioneers of MOOC, formulates the same idea more directly by saying that trying to learn by watching the professor lecturing is "... like trying to lose weight by watching a professor exercise".
According to Forrest Gump's mother, "Life is like a box of chocolate. You never know what you gonna get". Valery sees his role in preparing students to deal with real life challenges that do not care about whether they were clearly explained in the textbook or not. Valery is committed to offering exam questions that test students' skills in "connecting the dots" by making all exams "open book" and, whenever this is allowed by the University policies, "open Internet". Students relying on anything else except for the skills they should have developed by working on (actually, struggling with) the course assignments themselves are likely to conclude the questions are unfair.
OPSMGT 376 “Strategic Procurement” (University of Auckland, 2011, 2012)
OPSMGT 371 “Business Logistics” (University of Auckland, 2011, 2012)
OPSMGT 780 “Special topic in operations management” (University of Auckland, 2011, 2012)
OPSMGT 258 “Business Process Management” (University of Auckland, 2010)
BA 475 “Operations Strategy” (UWM, Spring 2010)
Bus Mgmt (MBA) 711 “Competitive Operations Strategy” (UWM, Winterim 2010 & Spring 2010)
BA 370 “Operations Management” (UWM, Fall 2009)
BA 302 “Introduction to Supply Chain Management” (PSU, Summer 2009)
SCM 421 “Supply Chain Modelling” (PSU, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008)
Valery reviews papers for:
Manufacturing and Service Operations Management
Production and Operations
Journal of Operations Management
European Journal of Operations Research