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Date: Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Hybrid event


In Person Event:

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Widener University
Quick Center building Room 207
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Members & students are free
$20 for non-members
Food & refreshments will be served

Afrooz Moatari Kazerouni

Assistant Professor, Widener University

Yvonne Antonucci

Distinguished University Professor


Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey:

Sustainability Challenges for Organizations


In the ever-evolving global business landscape marked by uncertainties and disruptions, organizations face unprecedented challenges ranging from natural disasters to geopolitical tensions and pandemics. These disruptions can have profound impacts on business processes, leading to production delays, increased costs, and revenue losses. To overcome, adapt, and evolve in such a turbulent business environment, organizations require a resilient and sustainable set of processes that can quickly recover while ensuring the social and environmental sustainability of their operations. Furthermore, with the significant role of technologies in today’s world, leveraging Industry 4.0 technologies for improved sustainability decision-making and risk mitigation can be invaluable. 

Learning Objectives:

During this session, we aim to present findings from our latest data gathering involving 926 BPM and Supply Chain professionals.  Our focus will be on delving into the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) capabilities currently in use or planned for implementation within organizations. We will identify organizational strategies that indicate a sustainable set of business processes, emphasizing the importance of ESG metrics across various organizational attributes. By closely examining the intersection of digital transformation and sustainability, this talk will offer insights into key challenges associated with fostering a symbiotic relationship between technological advancements and responsible, sustainable business practices.

Meet the Presenters:

Afrooz Moatari-Kazerouni, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Widener University, PA, USA. Prior to that, she was a faculty member with the University of Lethbridge, Canada, and Adelphi University, NY. She received her MSc in Manufacturing Engineering and Production Management from Technical University of Denmark, her PhD in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal, Canada, and two post-doctorate fellowships with McGill University and University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), Canada. Her research revolves around the supply chain sustainability and process improvement through digitalization. She is currently serving as the VP of Member Engagement for the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute (NEDSI) and a Board member of Business Process Management Professionals (ABPMP)-Philadelphia Chapter.     

Yvonne Lederer Antonucci, Ph.D., is a retired Distinguished University Professor at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania U.S.A. She also serves on the Philadelphia ABPMP (Association of Business Process Management Professionals) board. She has received several grants and has published in numerous international journals and conferences in the area of business process management (BPM), information technology outsourcing, inter-organizational collaboration methods, and enterprise systems, and has been a frequent invited speaker to various international BPM industry events. Her current research projects include an analysis of synergies between digitalization and BPM, analysis of supply chains and business process management sustainability, and the efficacy of low-code application development. Yvonne holds a Ph.D. in information sciences from Drexel University and a master’s degree in management science and industrial engineering from Lehigh University.

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