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Manufacturing and Construction Management Department

Mario Emiliani

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Location(s) Nicolaus Copernicus 212-0900
Departments(s) Manufacturing & Construction Management
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Brown University Ph.D. in Engineering
University of Rhode Island M.S. in Chemical Engineering
University of Miami B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Industrial Experience:

Prior joining academia, Bob worked in industry for 15 years and had management responsibility in engineering (R&D, new product development) and operations (manufacturing and supply chain). He had responsibility for implementing Lean principles and practices in both manufacturing and supply networks at Pratt & Whitney. He is internationally recognized for his work in Lean management and his ground-breaking work on Lean leadership.

Teaching Experience:

2005 to Present - CCSU, New Britain, Conn.
Courses: Leadership Skill for Supervisors, Innovative Leadership, Supply Chain Strategy, Decision Failure Analysis in Technology Management, Research Methods in Technology, and Technology Entrepreneurship.

1999-2004 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford, Conn.
Courses: Leadership and Organizational Development, Managing Supply Networks, and Failure Analysis of Management Decisions.


Bob Emiliani is one of the most prolific authors of books and papers on Lean management. While his books have focused principally on Lean leadership, his papers also cover diverse topics related to Lean management such as supply chain management, Lean in higher education, and the history of Lean management.

He is the principal author of the book Better Thinking, Better Results: Case Study and Analysis of an Enterprise-Wide Lean Transformation. It is a detailed examination of The Wiremold Company's (West Hartford, Conn.) Lean transformation from 1991 to 2001. The book won a Shingo Research Prize in 2003 as the first book to describe an enterprise-wide Lean transformation in a real company where both principles of Lean management - "Continuous Improvement" and "Respect for People" - were applied. The second edition, published in 2007, brings the story up-to-date with a new chapter that describes what happened to Wiremold’s Lean management efforts since 2001.

Bob is also the author of the six-volume REAL LEAN series of books (2007-2011); Practical Lean Leadership: A Strategic Leadership Guide for Executives (2008); and a contributor to the 55th Anniversary Special Reprint Edition of Frank G. Woollard's landmark book, Principles of Mass and Flow Production (2009).

Bob has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed management papers on Lean leadership and supply chain management. His key papers include “Lean Behaviors” (1998), “Linking Leaders’ Beliefs to their Behaviors and Competencies” (2003), “Using Value Stream Maps to Improve Leadership” (2004), the “ Origins of Lean Management in America: The Role of Connecticut Businesses” (2006), and “Standardized Work for Executive Leadership” (2008). Five of his papers have won awards for excellence from Emerald Publishing. He has also written 10 peer-reviewed papers on materials science and engineering and over 40 technical reports, papers, and management articles.

His papers have been published in diverse journals such as: Management Decision, Supply Chain Management, Journal of Management History, TQM Magazine, Journal of Workplace Learning, Quality Assurance in Education, Leadership and Organizational Development, Industrial Marketing Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Journal of Materials Science, Metallurgical Transactions A, Acta Metallurgica et Materialia, Surface Coatings Technology, and Wear.

Bob has been or is currently a member of the editorial review boards of Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Management Decision, Industrial Marketing Management, Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, and an ad-hoc reviewer for several other journals.

From 2005-2007 he was the North American Regional Editor of Supply Chain Management: An International Journal.

Research Interests:

Lean leadership, operations management, supply chain management, and the application of Lean principles and practices in higher education. Bob's groundbreaking work the application of Lean in academics is featured in the book Lean Higher Education (2010) by William Balzer.

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