Roger Schroeder

Roger Schroeder

Professor Emeritus
Supply Chain and Operations



  • BS 1962
    Industrial Engineering University of Minnesota
  • MS 1963
    Industrial Engineering University of Minnesota
  • PhD 1966
    Operations Research Northwestern University


  • Operations strategy
  • Quality management
  • Process and product innovation
  • World class manufacturing
  • Linking operations and business strategy


Roger Schroeder is an Emeritus Professor in the Supply Chain and Operations in the Carlson School of Management.  Roger holds a BA in Mechanical Engineering, with high distinction, a Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and he has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota, he was on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He has held positions in the Carlson School of Management as Director of the Ph.D. program and Chair of the Operations and Management Science Department.

Professor Schroeder has published over one hundred articles in major research journals and proceedings. The subject of these articles includes: the impact of quality management practices on performance and competitive advantage, fast new product innovation, and world class manufacturing.

Professor Schroeder has consulted with numerous business firms including: 3M Company, Honeywell, Motorola, Saint Paul School District, and Golden Valley Foods.

Professor Schroeder's academic honors and awards include being listed in the Outstanding Educators of America, he has been inducted as a Fellow in the Decision Sciences Institute, and is a Fellow in the Production and Operations Society. In 2009, he was recognized as the most cited author in Operations Managment. In 2010, Professor Schroeder was given the Lifetime Research Award at the Carlson School of Management.

Selected Works & Activities

  • Whole Books
    Operations Management: Contemporary Concepts and Cases, 5th ed. R. Schroeder, Susan Meyer Goldstein and M. Johnny Rungtusanatham (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2011).
  • Whole Books
    Handbook of Metrics for Research in Operations Management: Multi-Item Scales and Objective Items, R. Schroeder, A. Roth, X. Huang, and M. Kristal (Sage, 2008).
  • Journal Articles
    "When are Contracts and Trust Necessary for Innovation in Buyer-Supplier Relationships? A Necessary Condition Analysis," with Wendy van der Valk, Regien Sumo, and Jan Dul, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management 2016
  • Journal Articles
    "Interfaces in service modularity: A typology developed in modular health care," with Carolien de Blok, Bert Meijboom, Katrien Luijkx and Jos Schols, Journal of Operations Management, , Vol 32, no. 4, 2014.
  • Journal Articles
    "A comparative case study of sustaining quality as a competitive advantage," with Kevin Linderman and Andrew Van de Ven, Journal of Operations Management, 2014.
  • "Customizing Quality Management Practices: A Conceptual and Measurement Framework," with Dongli Zhang and Kevin Linderman, Decision Sciences, vol 45, no. 1, 2014.
  • "The relationships between external integration and plant improvement and innovation capabilities: the moderation effect of product clockspeed," with David Peng and Rachna Shah, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Volume 49, Number 3, 2013
  • "The moderating role of contextual factors on quality management practices," with Dongli Zhang and Kevin Linderman, Journal of Operations Management, vol 30, 2012.
  • "The cumulative capability 'sand cone' model: a new perspective for manufacturing strategy," International Journal of Production Research, Schroeder, R.G., Shah R. and Peng D., 49(16), 4879-4901, 2011.

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