Stecke, Kathryn E. (University of Texas at Dallas)

Kathryn E. Stecke

Professor Kathryn E. Stecke
Naveen Jindal School Advisory Council Chair
Professor of Operations Management
University of Texas at Dallas
Naveen Jindal School of Management
P.O. Box 830688, SM 30
Richardson, TX 75083-0688
Phone: 972-883-4781


Seru Production Systems

A seru production system is a new type of production system, widely used in Japan but unknown outside of Asia.  Developed by Sony, it is used in all of Canon’s factories.  It is more flexible, efficient, and productive than conventional manufacturing systems, for the industries in which it is appropriate.  Seru’s history, development, and benefits will be described and discussed.

(Audience: Graduate Students, Faculty)

Education & Background

  • Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • M.S. Applied Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
  • B.S., Boston State College

Dr. Kathryn E. Stecke teaches in the School of Management at University of Texas at Dallas as the Ashbel Smith Professor of Operations Management.  Previously she taught for 21 years at The University of Michigan Business School.  She received an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.  She has authored numerous papers on various aspects of FMS planning and scheduling and a variety of other topics in numerous journals including The FMS Magazine, Material Flow, International Journal of Production Research, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Annals of Operations Research, Performance Evaluation, International Transactions on Operational Research, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Management Science, Operations Research and several proceedings and book contributions.  She is a POMS Fellow and an INFORMS Fellow.  She is/was the founding Editor-in-Chief of both the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems and Operations Management Education Review.

She is on the Editorial Board, Area Editor, or Associate Editor of many journals.  She was on the POMS Board of Directors (April 2006 to April 2008 and April 2014 to April 2016).  She served on the Board of Directors of INFORMS as Vice President from January 2003 to December 2004 and also served on the Board of Directors of INFORMS from January 1999 to December 2001.  She has served as General Chair, Program Chair, and Plenary Chair of POMS, INFORMS, and DSI conferences.  She has received alumni awards from both graduate and undergraduate schools.

In February 2004, INFORMS compiled a list of 475 papers that have 50 or more citations from all papers published in the journal Management Science in the last 50 years.  All of her Management Science papers are on this list.  Then INFORMS selected 50 of these as those papers that “represented the most significant research published in Management Science the last ½ century”.  One of her papers is on that select list.