M.L. “Bob” Emiliani has been a full-time professor since leaving industry in 1999. He teaches at a public university in Connecticut, specializing in courses on Lean management (leadership, supply chain).
Bob was the first to develop and put into practice the Lean teaching pedagogy in higher education starting in 1999. This work was described in the paper: “Improving Business School Courses by Applying Lean Principles and Practices,” Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2004, pp. 175-187. He was also the first to organize and lead kaizens to improve a degree program in 2002 and 2003. This work is described in the paper: “Using Kaizen to Improve Graduate Business School Degree Programs,” Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2005, pp. 37-52.
His pioneering work on the application of Lean to academic work has been cited in numerous peer-reviewed journal papers and the book Lean Higher Education by Prof. William Balzer.
Emiliani is the author of two practical guidebooks on the application of Lean management to higher education: Lean Teaching: A Guide to Becoming a Better Teacher, for faculty, Lean University: A Guide to Renewal and Prosperity, for higher education leaders.
Also, see the recent (2015) paper: “Engaging Faculty in Lean Teaching,” International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2015.
Bob earned a Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Miami. View his curriculum vitae or LinkedIn profile.
Prior to joining academia, Bob worked in industry for 15 years and had management responsibility in engineering (R&D, new product development) and operations (manufacturing and supply chain). He had responsibility for implementing Lean principles and practices in both manufacturing and supply networks at Pratt & Whitney. He is internationally recognized for his ground-breaking work on Lean leadership and Lean in higher education.
Bob has authored or co-authored 16 books, four book chapters, over 39 peer-reviewed papers on Lean management and related topics, 10 peer-reviewed papers on materials science and engineering, one patent, and dozens of magazine articles. View Google Scholar citations here. He has received six awards for writing.
Bob served as the North American regional editor for Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and the editorial review boards of Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Management Decision, and Industrial Marketing Management. He has been an ad-hoc reviewer for Journal of Management History, Journal of Management Development, International Journal of Operations and Production Management, International Journal of Marketing for Industrial and High Tech Firms, Journal of Marketing Research, International Journal of Electronic Business, and Quality Assurance in Education.
Bob’s research interests include Lean leadership, Lean management and the application of Lean principles and practices to academic processes in higher education.