Handelsblatt BWL Ranking 2014

In the recent Handelsblatt BWL Ranking 2014, I was listed among the top researchers in business studies:

  • Rank 42 in the category “Research output within the last 5 years”
  • Rank 183 in the category “Life-time research achievement”

The Handelsblatt BWL Ranking 2014 is based on the publication output of German-speaking researchers in business studies.


The 2014 Best Paper in Transportation Science & Logistics

M. Grazia Speranza, Thibaut Vidal, Asvin Goel, and Rajesh Ganesan at the TSL Best Paper Award ceremony

At the annual INFORMS meeting 2014 in San Francicso my paper Hours of Service Regulations in Road Freight Transport: An Optimization-based International Assessment that I have co-authored with Thibaut Vidal has been honoured with the TSL Best Paper Award.

The award is given every year to an outstanding journal paper in the field of transportation science and logistics. At the meeting I had the opportunity to present the paper.

TSL Best Paper Award

2014 INFORMS TSL Best Paper Award

Science Award for Supply Chain Management 2014

Every year, the German Logistics Association (BVL) recognises innovative work of high practical relevance with the Science Award for Supply Chain Management. This year I was invited to present my work on hours of service regulations in road freight transport as finalist at the 31st International Supply Chain Conference in Berlin. Well, I didn’t win the award, however, in times where academic works that are not conducted in joint research with industry are too often defamed as irrelevant results of the ivory tower, I was positively surprised that my (rather theoretical) results have made it to the finals.

New hours of service regulations in the United States

In July 2013 new hours of service regulations entered into force in the United States. The rule change was based on a regulatory impact analysis conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Unfortunately the analysis of the FMCSA has several shortcomings. It does not consider the fact that motor carriers can optimise routes and schedules to mitigate the cost impact of a regulatory change and it does not consider the effect of cumulative sleep loss. We analysed how reducing the daily driving time limit would impact operational costs and road safety considering these issues. Based on a detailed model of the new regulation and a new simulation-based method to assess the impact of hours of service regulations we found that reducing the daily driving time limit to at most 10 hours would reduce accident risks by around 5% while transportation costs would increase by less than 1%. Reducing the daily driving time limit to 9 hours would reduce accident risks by up to 10% and increase transportation costs by less than 2%. Considering these findings, it may be necessary to reconsider whether the daily driving time limit should be reduced or not.