Roger D. H. Warburton
          I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Administrative Sciences. I teach  Project Management (in class and online) and Supply Chain Management. I have also taught Operations Management.

I have over 20 years experience in senior management positions. Since receiving my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, I have used my scientific training in the theory and practice of management, quantitative methods, and particularly information systems.

My recent academic research was stimulated directly out of my business experience. In 1992 I became Director of Management Information Systems (MIS) for Griffin Manufacturing, an apparel manufacturer in Fall River, MA. In 10 years, the owner and I turned a simple cut-and-sew facility into a 21st century operation with a global supply chain and domestic manufacturing supported by international outsourcing.

Griffin Manufacturing

Griffin manufactures women's athletic wear for major national brands. This technologically sophisticated factory now boasts a distributed information system (most of which I wrote), web and electronic commerce services, Computer Aided Design Systems, and a high-speed network of 50+ computers. The result is one of the few surviving apparel manufacturing facilities in New England.

Within a few years, I had become convinced that the quantitative business methods I implemented at Griffin had a much wider application. Through an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a major grant from the National Textile Center I was able to design a model that predicts the optimal balance between domestic and outsourced manufacturing.

I have lectured extensively on the subject of outsourcing to manufacturers, professional societies, and universities in this country and abroad. In at least one case, by adopting my model, a company was revived and jobs saved—a very satisfying result for academic research.

Textile Sciences, U Mass, Dartmouth 

My seven year association with the Textile Sciences Department at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth was very fruitful. I won a number of major grants, taught undergraduate classes, and supervised graduate students.

I am proud of the work of my graduate students:

  • Raghu Ramamurthy used several networked computers to emulate a multi-company supply chain. He used XML (instead of EDI) to pass data between the companies, and estimated the benefits and cost savings from using XML.
  • Amine Ben Jazia exactly solved a previously unsolved equation that represents decaying inventory products (e.g., radioactive pharmaceuticals or vegetables). He was able to develop an MIS ordering policy that minimized inventory costs.
  • Maged Fanous studied when domestic manufacturing is competitive. Using Griffin MIS data, he developed a model that determines which styles can economically be manufactured domestically and which should be outsourced.
Previous Employment

 My earlier employment includes 10 years at Jaycor, as Vice President of the Software Technology Division. I saw this division from its founding to its multi-million dollar sales peak. Beyond running this division, my primary responsibility was directing the analysis of very large Information Systems, assessing technical and managerial risks. I specialized in the much neglected, but vital task of estimating software development costs for large systems.

Before that, I was Manager of the Computer Systems Advanced Technology Section, at Raytheon. I was responsible for the formation, organization and management of an advanced software technology group. I directed internal Research and Development funding and software technology initiatives. I designed and implemented a software cost estimation system for large systems.

Committment to Teaching

Although for much of my career I was employed in industry, I have always been involved in teaching and committed to improving the process. Over the years I have collected a wide variety of practical problems to challenge students.

From 1988 through 1994, I worked with the City of Newport School Department to improve the high school Math and Science curriculum. We wrote grants, which were funded and provided additional training and materials for faculty; developed standards and teacher evaluations; and worked with state curriculum organizations.

I believe that in teaching courses it is valuable to strike a balance between formal quantitative methods, the business processes that motivate them, and interesting practical examples. My research combines the required detailed, careful analysis with dozens of interesting cases, challenges, and associated struggles, which make up the fascinating and so-human world of modern business.

I also believe that it is important to emphasize topics that provide students with lasting skills. For example, in industry students inevitably become members of teams, so I believe it is important to develop team projects and discuss the challenges and issues involved.

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