Kevin Linderman

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Professor, Department Chair & Prof of Supply Chain Management of Supply Chain & Information Systems

Department Supply Chain & Information Systems

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Prior to joining the Smeal College of Business he was the Curtis L. Carlson Professor in Supply Chain and Operations at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Prof. Linderman has received a number of scholarly awards recognition including being ranked in the 2020 Decision Science Journal as one of the top 10 most productive and influential scholars in the field, the 2018 Supply Chain & Operations Teaching Award (student nominated), 2016 Associate Editor Award Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2016 Operations Management Scholar Award (Career Award - Academy of Management), 2016 Associate Editor Award Decision Science Journal, 2015 Associate Editor Award Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2015 and 2011 Carlson School of Management Research Award, 2010 and 2006 Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award (Co-advisor), 2004 Academy of Management Chan K. Hahn Distinguished Paper Award.


Professor Linderman takes a problem-driven approach to research and scholarship where he grounds his research into practice. He has worked directly with leading organizations such as 3M, Cargill, Best Buy, Motorola, Seagate Technologies, Cerdian, Alibaba and Corning to name a few. These organizations participated in some of his National Science Foundation grants and other research projects, where they served as sites for cases studies and data collection. His research has been published in several leading journals including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, and Decision Science Journal to name a few. Professor Linderman was ranked as one of the top ten most productive scholars in operations management based on study published in Decision Sciences (Koufteros et al. 2020).

Professor Linderman’s research encompasses topics in the area of process improvement (e.g. six sigma and lean), environmental management, innovation and supply chain risk. These papers have been well received and played a defining role in defining new streams of research. For instance, he currently has the highest cited academic papers in the in the area of Six Sigma which have provided a basis for scholarly research in this area.


Ph D, Operations Reserach / Operations Management, Case Western Reserve University, 1998

MS, Management Science, Case Western Reserve University, 1996

MS, Mathematics, Miami University, 1989

BA, Mathematics (Philosophy), Minnesota State University - Moorhead, 1987

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