Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation


  • Dan Krause

    Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, College of Business, Colorado State University
    Sep-Nov 2010

    Dan Krause received his BA from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and his PhD and MBA degrees from Arizona State University. Before arriving at Colorado State University he taught at several other universities, including the University of Victoria (BC, Canada), Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK), Arizona State University and Michigan State University. In the autumn of 2006, Dan was a visiting professor at WHU, Otto Beisheim School of Management, in Vallendar, Germany. Dan's industry experience includes positions in quality assurance and purchasing. His research interests include inter-organisational relationships, supplier development, supplier involvement in new product development, and sustainability efforts in supply chains. His research activities have taken him to visit companies in the USA, Europe, the UK, Japan and Korea. His publications have appeared in several journals including Sloan Management Review, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Production Research.

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  • Dirk Pieter van Donk

    Dirk Pieter van Donk

    Associate Professor, Department of Operations, University of Groningen
    Feb-Mar 2009

    Dirk Pieter van Donk is Associate Professor in the Operations Department, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a member of the board of the European Operations Management Association (EurOMA). His main research areas are supply chain management and planning/scheduling in the (food) processing industries. In the field of supply chain management the main research questions relate to a better understanding of supply chain integration: the need for it, its dimensions, and the effects on performance. In food processing the main focus is to better understand how specific characteristics influence planning and scheduling. Further research themes include the location of the decoupling point, combined make-to-order/make-to-stock and two-stage systems with intermediate storage.

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  • Joseph D. Blackburn

    Joseph D. Blackburn

    James A. Speyer Professor of Production Management, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbuilt University
    Nov 2008

    Joe Blackburn's research and teaching in operations management focuses on time-based competition: how organisations can use faster response to customers for competitive advantage. He is the author of Time-Based Competition: The Next Battleground in American Manufacturing, and is an authority on accelerating new-product development, streamlining supply chains and reverse supply chain strategy. He was appointed Acting Dean of the Owen School in 1999 after the death of Martin Geisel and served in that capacity until Professor Bill Christie was named Dean in July 2000. He served as Senior Associate Dean from 2005-2007 and also served as Associate Deanl from 1988-1993. In 1995 Professor Blackburn was named the Outstanding Professor in the Executive MBA Program and continues to teach in the programme. Prior to coming to Owen, Blackburn was an Associate Professor of Operations Management at Boston University's School of Management. He also served as Assistant Professor of Management Science at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He received his PhD in operations research from Stanford in 1971. Before moving to academia, Professor Blackburn was a chemical engineer for Eastman Kodak in the chemical process design and economic analysis group. He is a Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society and serves on the editorial board of the POMS Journal.

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  • Thomas Mohr

    Thomas Mohr

    Research Associate at the University of St. Gallen and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
    Jan-Sep 2008

    Thomas Mohr is currently finalising his PhD thesis at the University of St. Gallen with the working title "Corporate entrepreneurship in intra-organisational networks". His research deals with entrepreneurial structures within large multinational corporations, more precisely with the impact of coopetition (simultaneous cooperation and competition) on entrepreneurial behavior. His nine-month visit is funded by a fellowship for prospective researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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  • Thomas Staeblein

    Thomas Staeblein

    Research Associate at DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology, DaimlerChrysler AG, Stuttgart and a Lecturer in Operations Management at the University of Applied Sciences, Ulm
    Jun 2007 / Mar 2006-Aug 2006

    Thomas Staeblein is currently finalising his PhD thesis at Clausthal University of Technology on "Integrated planning of material demands for build-to-order manufacturing of high variety and complex products". His research interests include demand forecasting and capacity planning in the automotive industry, supply network simulations, mathematical optimisation of planning processes and collaborative schemes for multi-tier supply chains.

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  • Katsuki Aoki

    Katsuki Aoki

    Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Kanto Gakuin University, Japan
    Mar 2006-Mar 2007

    Katuski Aoki has researched on management practices in industries such as the automotive and auto-parts industries, looking at organisational learning processes and issues such as organizational culture, HRM practices, and power relationships. While visiting at Judge Business School, he conducted comparative studies on Kaizen activities and the Keiretsu system between Japanese and British automotive and auto parts industries, and conducted field research on auto-parts manufacturers in the UK.

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  • Dr James M. Utterback

    James M. Utterback

    David J. McGrath Jr. Professor of Management and Innovation and Professor of Engineering Systems, MIT Engineering Systems Division, US
    Sep-Dec 2005

    Since receiving his PhD in 1968 from the MIT Sloan School of Management, James Utterback has held faculty positions at Indiana University, the Harvard Business School, and Chalmers Technical University as well as MIT. From 1983 through 1988, he served as Director of Industrial Liaison at MIT.

    His research has focused on the process of technological innovation in firms in the United States and in other countries. He is author of Mastering the Dynamics of Innovation, published by Harvard Business School Press in 1994. Recent publications include contributions to Management Science, Research Policy, Strategic Management Journal, Technological Forecasting and Social Change and Sloan Management Review.

    James Utterback is one of the founding faculty and served as chair of the Management of Technology Program, now the Sloan Fellows in Innovation and Global Leadership, which was the first area of study at the MIT in which a degree was awarded jointly by the Schools of Management and Engineering. He is also one of the founders of the Leaders for Manufacturing Program and is currently developing a similar program in Biomedical Enterprise. Professor Utterback received his DSc (Hon) from Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and was recently elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

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  • Dr Frits Pil

    Frits Pil

    Associate Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business, US
    May-Jun 2005

    Frits Pil is an Associate Professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business and a Research Scientist at the Learning Research Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Pil has published extensively on high-performance/high-involvement work systems, and on the dynamics of organisational innovation, organisational learning, and organisational change. He has worked with all major car manufacturers around the world, as well as various public sector organisations to examine where knowledge originates, where it resides, and how it is transferred and leveraged within and across organisational boundaries. His recent book with Matthias Holweg, The Second Century (MIT Press, 2004), examines the challenges to attaining superior system-wide performance in the global auto industry.

    Professor Pil holds a PhD in Corporate Strategy and Human Resources from the Wharton Business School, an MA in Applied Economics from the Wharton Business School, and a BA in Economics from Harvard. Professor Pil's research is funded by the Sloan Foundation, the International Motor Vehicle Program, and the National Science Foundation.

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  • Lotta Häkkinen

    Lotta Häkkinen

    Turku School of Economics, Finland
    Apr 2005

    Lotta Häkkinen, MSc, is a researcher at Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland. She is currently finalising her doctoral dissertation with the working title of Operations integration and value creation in horizontal cross-border acquisitions. Her research interests include the impact of mergers and acquisitions on company operations as well as firm growth strategies.

    Lotta worked with Matthias Holweg on our study of auto mergers looking into the impact of platform strategies on the financial performance of OEMs.

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