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Dr. Shafer is co-author of the books "Operations Management: A Process Based Approach with Spreadsheets," "Operations Management for MBAs, 6th Edition," "Project Management in Practice, 5th Edition," "Project Management: A Managerial Approach 9th Edition," and "Quantitative Business Modeling." Dr. Shafer was certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt by the American Society for Quality and was Certified in Production and Inventory Management by the APICS.

Six Sigma; Computer Simulation; Business Process Management; Project Management; Business Modeling

  • Ph D, University of Cincinnati (Operations Management, Information Management) - 1989
  • BBA, University of Cincinnati (Marketing) - 1984
  • BS, University of Cincinnati (Industrial management) - 1984

Research Interests

  • Cellular Manufacturing
  • Computer Simulation
  • Six Sigma
  • Business Models
  • Supply Chain Management

Teaching Interests

  • Business Process Management
  • Six Sigma
  • Operations Strategy
  • Project Management
  • Business Analytics
  • Data Mining and Predictive Modeling
  • Business Process Modeling
  • Operations Management
  • Simulation Modeling

  • Meredith, J. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. (Forthcoming). Opns & Supply Chain Mgmt for MBAs, 6th ed. .
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Volk, C. (Forthcoming). General Micro Electronics, Incorporated: Semiconductor Assembly. Case Research Journal.
  • Meredith, J. R. ,  Mantel, Jr., S. J. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2014). Project Management: A Managerial Approach, 9th edition. wiley.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Moeller, S. (2012). The Effects of Six Sigma on Corporate Performance: An Empirical Investigation. Journal of Operations Management, | more information
  • Meredith, J. R. ,  Shafer, S. M. ,  Mantel, S. J. , &  Sutton, M. (2010). Project Management in Practice, 4th edition. John Wiley and Sons.
  • McMullen, P. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2008). Beyond Central Tendency: Helping Students Understand the. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 6 (2), 515-519. | more information
  • Mantel, S. J. ,  Meredith, J. R. ,  Shafer, S. M. , &  Sutton, M. M. (2008). Project Management in Practice Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Nembhard, D. A. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2008). The Effects of Worker Heterogeneity on Productivity in an . International Journal of Production Research, 46 (14), 3909 - 3929.
  • Meredith, J. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2008). Project Management: Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling Projects. Wiley.
  • Meredith, J. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2007). Operations Management for MBAs Third Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. (2006). BPO, Incorporated. Case Research Journal, 26 (3/4), 17-31.
  • Saladin, B. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2006). Turning the Tables on Student Case Analysis Assignments. Decision Sciences Journal on Innovative Education, 4 (1), 169-173.
  • Shafer, S. M. (2006). Using Spreadsheets and Crystal Ball to Assist in Understanding and Modeling . Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 4 (1), 153-162.
  • Shafer, S. M. (2005). Karate in Business School? This is not Your Father's Black Belt. Quality Management Journal, 12 (2), 47-56.
  • Mantel, S. J. ,  Meredith, J. R. ,  Shafer, S. M. , &  Sutton, M. M. (2005). Project Management in Practice Second Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Smith, H. J. , &  Linder, J. C. (2005). The Power of Business Models. Business Horizons, 48 (3), 199-207.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Smunt, T. (2004). Editorial: Simulation Studies in Operations Management. Journal of Operations Management, 22 (4), 341-343.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Smunt, T. (2004). Empirical Simulation Studies in Operations Management: Context, Trends, and Research Opportunities. Journal of Operations Management, 22 (4), 345-354.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Oswald, S. (2003). "NSP Corporate Graphics at Cross Roads.". Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies Instructors' Notes, 8 (4), 47-57.
  • Meredith, J. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. (2003). Introducing Operations Management. In (Ed.), (pp. 506). : John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Oswald, S. L. (2003). NSP Corporate Graphics at Cross Roads. Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 9 (3), 7-17.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Oswald, S. (2002). "Bottleneck Operation at NSP Corporate Graphics.". Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 8 (4), 47-57.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Oswald, S. (2002). "Bottleneck Operation at NSP Corporate Graphics.". Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies, 8 (2), 103-113.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  McCracken, S. (2002). "Fuddruckers and teh Crystal Coast Coast Musical Festival.". Case Research Journal, 22 (2), 115-120. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Meredith, J. R. (2002). "Operations Management for MBAs.". John WIley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Meredith, J. R. , &  Turban, E. (2002). "Quantitative Business Modeling". South-Western Publishing.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Meredith, J. R. (2001). "Administracao da Producao para MBAs.". John Wiley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Meredith, J. R. , &  Turban, E. (2001). "Quantitative Business Modeling.". South-Western Publishing.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Nembhard, D. A. , &  Uzumeri, M. V. (2001). "The Effects of Worker Learning, Forgeting, and Heterogeneity on Assembly Line Productivity.". Management Science, 47 (12), 1639-1653. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Byrd, T. A. (2000). "A Framework for Measuring the Efficiency of Organizational Investments in Information Technology Using Data Envelopment Analysis.". OMEGA: The International Journal of management Science, 28, 125-141. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Meredith, J. R. (1999). "Operations Management for MBAs.". John Wiley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Marsh, R. F. , &  Meredith, J. R. (1999). "Practice Versus Theory in Cellular Manufacturing: A Need for New Research Directions.". International Journal of Productioni Research, 37 (14), 3119-3138.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Meredith, J. R. (1998). "Operations Management: A Process Approach with Spreadsheets.". John Wiley & Sons.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Charnes, J. M. (1997). "Offsetting Lower Routing Flexibility in Cellular Manufacturing Due to Machine Dedication.". International Journal of Production Research, 35 (2), 551-567. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Oswald, S. L. , &  Nembhard, H. B. (1997). "United Lock Door Hardware Division (A) and (B).". Case Research Journal, 17 (4), 97-114.
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Oswald, S. L. (1996). "Product-Focused Manufacturing for Strategic Advantage.". Business Horizons, , 24-29. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Charnes, J. M. (1995). "A Simulation Analysis of Factors Influencing Loading Practices in Cellular Manufacturing.". International Journal of Production Research, 33 (1), 279-290.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Meredith, J. R. , &  Marsh, R. F. (1995). "A Taxonomy for Alternative Forms of Cellular Manufacturing.". OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, 23 (4), 361-376.
  • Shafer, S. M. ,  Tepper, B. ,  Meredith, J. R. , &  Marsh, R. F. (1995). "Comparing the Effects of Cellular and Functional manufacturing on Employees' Perceptions and Attitudes.". Journal of Operations Management, 12 (2), 63-74. | more information
  • Shafer, S. M. , &  Bradford, J. W. (1995). "Efficiency Measurement of Alernative Machine Component Grouping Solutions Via Data Envelopment Analysis.". IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 42 (2), 159-165. | more information
  • Meredith, J. R. , &  Shafer, S. M. Operations Management for MBAs, 5th ed. . John Wiley & Sons.

  • August 22, 2015 - Wintrush Business Lunch, WGN Radio | more information
  • August 1, 2015 - How to Take Advantage of Your Brain's Hidden Productivity Powers, Fast Company | more information
  • March 30, 2003 - "Meetings", High POint Enterprise
  • February 10, 2002 - "Find out just what a 'business model' really is.", News & Record
  • February 8, 2002 - "Business Model", Triad Business News
  • December 1, 2001 - "The effects of worker learning, forgetting & heterogeneity on assembly line productivity.", Management Science
  • October 2, 1998 - "New Faculty", Triad Business News
  • September 28, 1998 - "New Faculty", Winston-Salem Journal
  • September 27, 1998 - "New Faculty", High Point Enterprise
  • September 27, 1998 - "New Faculty", High Point Enterprise