Roger D. H. Warburton, PhD, PMP.
Education:Ph.D. Physics, 1975 University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
John D. Thouron International Fellow, 1969-1974, University of Pennsylvania.
Supply Chain Management & Outsourcing Research
Recently discovered exact theoretical solutions to the full set of supply chain equations, opening up a new range of information system research opportunities.
Developed algorithms, heuristics, and guidelines for supply chain management systems. Practical and cost-effective industrial management policies emerged that stabilize the response of the inventory to variations in demand.
Developed a formal Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) model to determine when outsourcing is competitive. Demonstrated both theoretically and practically that cooperation between retailers and manufacturers is cost effective for all parties.
Calculated the optimal ratio of domestic to outsourced manufacturing. Determined technology investment strategies and product types that maximize profits for outsourced production.
Lecturer in U.S. and U.K: The loss of manufacturing jobs is not inevitable—there are cost effective survival strategies for high wage manufacturers.
PI, U.S. National Textile Center, 2002-4, “An Analytical Investigation of the Bullwhip Effect” NTC S03-MD13, $50K.
PI, State of Massachusetts Training Grant, 2001-3, “An Innovative Fabric Quality Defect Management Information System” $65K.
PI, U.S. National Textile Center, 1998-2001, “When is Domestic Manufacturing Competitive?” NTC I98-M03, $240K.
Expo-Link, Egypt, 1999-2000, “The State of Egyptian Garment Manufacturers’ Management Information Systems” with M. Abou-iiana, Philadelphia University, $60K.Current Position:
MIS Director, Griffin Manufacturing, 1992 - 2005
Responsible for all Management Information Systems (MIS). This includes software for production planning, purchasing and inventory control, quality control, factory capacity planning, labor rates and piecework, shipping and invoicing, and general accounting. Also responsible for the management of the entire global supply chain, web and electronic commerce services, and customer relationship management.
Designed and developed most of the Griffin MIS system, an object-oriented, distributed database, client-server, software system deployed throughout the factory on a high-speed network. The global supply chain includes imported and domestic fabrics and trims, and assignment of production to both domestic and Caribbean plants. The system also integrates Computer Aided Design stations for pattern making, maker layout, and grading; computer controlled cutting; and a variety of sub-systems such embroidery.
Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, 1998 – 2005.
Supervised the following graduate student theses:
“A Quick Response System based on XML for the Textile and Apparel e-Supply Chain” 2003. R. Raghvendra, M.S. Thesis, U. Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Textile Sciences Department.
“Decaying Inventory” 2003. M.L. Ben Jazia, M.S. Thesis, U. Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Textile Sciences Department.
“Domestic Apparel Manufacturing: When is it Financially Competitive?” 2000. M. Fanous, M.S. Thesis, U. Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mechanical Engineering Department.
Vice President, Software Technology Division, JAYCOR, 1981 - 1992
Founded Jaycor’s Software Technology division in Newport, RI in 1981. By 1990, the division had grown to 20+ people and multi-million dollar sales.
Principal Investigator (PI) for the following projects:
Technical Director, supporting the Air Force’s Command & Control Information System (AFC2S). Designed and managed an object-oriented, rapid prototype of the Combat Fuels Management System called the “Slice,” built to evaluate the technical risks, predict performance, and estimate costs of the complete AFC2S, a $400 million system. One of the first applications to integrate a database with Ada.
PI and liaison between U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy in a Research Technology Exchange project in simulation software for advanced submarine training and tactics.Technical Director of two Artificial Intelligence projects for the U.S. Army:
For the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, directed a study of potential cheating methods for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Led a team in Geneva, Switzerland that canvassed the Foreign Ambassadors, and evaluated the political, economic, and technical implications of the treaty.
Technical Director supporting the U.S. Navy’s implementation of a new generation of software for the Trident Submarine’s Defensive Weapon System.
Responsible for the formation, organization and management of an advanced software technology group. Directed internal R&D funding and software technology initiatives. Designed and implemented a software cost estimation system for large systems.