Sponsored by International Journal of Operations & Production Management
The 2011 recipient of the OM Distinguished Scholar Award is Dr. Morgan Swink, for his outstanding service to both the OM division and the field.
This annual award is intended to serve a dual purpose. The first is to honor distinguished leaders in the field of operations management. Second, the award is intended to help define the unique position of the OM division of Academy of Management within the larger field of academic OM scholars.
The division has long focused on an empirical, holistic approach to researching operations management issues. This approach is in distinct contrast to that which has been the primary focus for Informs and DSI. Thus, these Distinguished Scholar awards offer an opportunity to highlight, define and honor scholars that embrace this ideology.
Dr. Swink is Professor of Information Systems and Supply Chain Mgmt, and the Executive Director of the Supply and Value Chain Center at Texas Christian University. He teaches in the areas of supply chain management, project management, product development, and operations strategy.
Dr. Swink’s research interests include product/process innovation, operations strategy, and supply chain decision support systems. His current research projects include studies of product/process complexity, operations strategy, knowledge management and innovation practices, and design-manufacturing integration in product development projects. Dr. Swink has published articles in a variety of journals including the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Business Horizons, Research-Technology Management, and the Journal of Engineering Technology Management. He completed a five year term as Co-Editor in Chief for the Journal of Operations Management in 2011. He is also co-author of a digital, print-on-demand operations and supply chain management text, Value-Driven Operations Management: An Integrated Modular Approach, and co-author of the forthcoming text, Managing Operations across the Supply Chain.
Before becoming a professor, Dr. Swink worked for 10 years in manufacturing and product development at Texas Instruments Incorporated. The bulk of his work was in systems producibility engineering, where he managed a team of manufacturing specialists who provided design consulting for internal product development projects. During this time he developed manufacturing design standards and methodologies for implementing design-to-cost and design-for-manufacture principles on product development programs and in product support operations.
Professor Swink holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University (83), an MBA from the University of Dallas (86), and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from Indiana University (92). He has won several awards for excellence in undergraduate and MBA teaching. His experience in executive education includes workshops and seminars in world-class manufacturing, project management, new product development, manufacturing flexibility, and breakthrough thinking for productivity.