Gerald Susman

Color portrait of Gerald Susman

Professor, Klein Professor Emeritus

Department Management and Organization

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Dr. Susman is the Robert and Judith Klein Professor of Management at The Pennsylvania State University. He also is Director of the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change and Co-Director of the Quality and Manufacturing Management Program. Dr. Susman served as Chair of the Department of Management and Organization from 1991 to 1999. He has been a consultant to many public and private organizations including the Office of Personnel Management, the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life, and the U.S. Department of Labor. He served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management and served on the editorial boards of Management Science, International Journal of Human Factors in Manufacturing, and Managerial Psychology. Dr. Susman served as Study Director at the National Academy of Sciences in 1983-87, and Visiting Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School in 1992-93. He received grants from the U.S. Department of State and the Carnegie Corporation in 1999-2002.


He currently is Program Manager of a multi-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology on innovation, global competitiveness, supply chain management, and the future of manufacturing.


Ph D, University of California, Los Angeles, 1968

MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1965

BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1963

Courses Taught

MGMT 596 (99.9)
Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

MGMT 601

QMM 582 (3)
Strategic decision context of manufacturing and its supply chains with linkage to corporate and business strategy.

QMM 593 (99.9)
Experiential learning through the firsthand study of manufacturing plants and by interacting with manufacturing leaders.

MGMT 551 (2)
Identify opportunities for growth and profitability through technological and organizational innovations and market independently or with strategic partners.