Guang-Jie Ren is a Research Staff Member in the Business Modeling and Architecture team at IBM's Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California. In the past few years, the Services Model team has established itself as a driving force behind Component Business Modeling methods and tools, which are widely used by IBM consultants in client engagement. Lately, the team’s research focus has been extended to Actionable Business Architecture, which intends to integrate strategy analysis with downstream activities such as Business Process Modeling and Service- Oriented Architecture. Since August 2009, Guang-Jie has contributed to the research agenda, in particular in relation to IBM Smarter Cities Initiative.
Guang-Jie was born in Shanghai and of the same age as China's reform, which has led to dramatic changes all over the nation. He was trained as an industrial engineer in operations management, and received his bachelor degree and master degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing. He then joined the Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, in 2004 as a visiting scholar and worked with Dr Yongjiang Shi on manufacturing location decision in emerging economies and operations strategies of multinational corporations in China. He took an active part in an overseas study tour and visited more than 20 companies in China’s major industrial areas.
In 2005, Guang-Jie started his PhD research under the guidance of Professor Mike Gregory, and with funding support from the prestigious Overseas Research Studentship and Raymond and Helen Kwok Scholarship. His research was focused on service business development in manufacturing industries (commonly known as the servicisation phenomenon). Through close collaboration with nine UK engineering firms, the study identified various types of service offerings and provided insights into their characteristics and implications. In July 2007, Guang-Jie’s co-authored paper on new technology adoption won the Best Student Paper Award at the POMS Service Operations Conference. Later in that year, he received the ASU Center for Services Leadership/Liam Glynn Research Award at the Frontiers in Service Conference in recognition of his research potential. In February 2010, his PhD dissertation won the Highly Commended Award in the Operations and Production Management category of the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award.
In parallel with his research, Guang-Jie was instrumental in organising the Cambridge Service Science, Management and Engineering Symposium in July 2007. The event was joined by leading academics and senior industrialists and it produced a definitive white paper on the emerging field of Service Science. His unique contribution earned him the prestigious IBM PhD Fellowship in 2008. In the same year, he became an AIM scholar, working on the High Value Manufacturing project at the UK Advanced Institute of Management Research. Outside of research, Guang-Jie was also a Teaching Assistant for Cambridge Manufacturing Engineering Tripos during 2007-8.