Thoughts on Productivity and the Concept of Swift, Even Flow

Aalborg Øst

Torsdag d. 10. maj 2012

Kl. 12:30 - 15:30




All kinds of processes – those that make things or deliver services or operate companies – can be made more productive, and society’s continued well-being requires it.

The Center for Industrial Production is proud to host Professor Roger Schmenner, one of the leading thinkers in the field of operations management. Roger is professor emeritus from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and currently a visiting professor at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge in England.

Professor Schmenner will give a lecture on his concept of “swift, even flow” and explain how that concept stands behind some popular business tools.  More than that, by using examples – contemporary and historic – and case studies, he will show how swift, even flow can lead to strategic insights and fresh ideas. Services and manufacturing, supply chains and individual operations, product development and outsourcing, strategy and tactics, hourly workers and top level executives – all benefit from this fundamental re-thinking of what it takes to become productive.

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Professor Roger W. Schmenner, University of Cambridge

Biografi Roger W. Schmenner
Roger W. Schmenner is a visiting professor at the Judge School of Business at the University of Cambridge.  He is Professor Emeritus of Operations Management and the former Randall L. Tobias Chair at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in the United States.  He has held faculty appointments at Duke, Harvard, and Yale universities, and has been a three-time visiting faculty member at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland (1986-87, 1992-93, and 2002-03).  He was the president of the international Production and Operations Management Society during 1997 and is an elected Fellow of that Society.
Professor Schmenner’s research interests within the field include manufacturing strategy, productivity, and manufacturing and service operations location. He has written over 100 published articles, book chapters, and cases including some that have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Production and Operations Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, and a number of others. Schmenner's book, Making Business Location Decisions (Prentice Hall, 1982), is a compendium of much of his stream of research on industry location.   His new book, Getting and Staying Productive (Cambridge University Press, 2012) reviews and applies the concept of swift, even flow to a host of business situations.

Schmenner has authored three textbooks: Production/Operations Management: From the Inside Out  (Prentice-Hall, 5th edition, 1993),  Plant and Service Tours in Operations Management (Prentice-Hall, 5th edition, 1998), and Service Operations Management (Prentice-Hall, 1995).  He was the editor of the casebook, Cases in Production/ Operations Management (Macmillan, 1986). 
Professor Schmenner has a diverse range of consulting and corporate teaching experience, involving over 80 companies, several industry groups, and more than a dozen federal, state, and local government agencies or departments. He has served Indiana University as the Chief of Staff to the Chancellor of Indiana University’s IUPUI campus in Indianapolis and he has served the Kelley School as the Associate Dean – Indianapolis Programs, as chairman ofthe Operations and Decision Technologies department, and as the Co-Director of the School’s federally funded CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research).
Roger Schmenner holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University (1969) and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1973), both in economics.


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