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Edward Anderson, Ph.D.
McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative
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Edward Anderson, Ph.D., is the Director of the Texas McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative. He is the Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wright Centennial Professor for Management of Innovative Technology in the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He is an acknowledged expert in the dynamics of complex systems in organizational contexts.
Ed is the author or co-author of The Innovation Butterfly: Managing Emergent Opportunities and Disruptions Under Distributed Innovation, Operations Management for Dummies, and over 30 research articles. His primary research interests include healthcare delivery systems, information, and process improvement; platform industries such as smartphones, electronic health records, and video game consoles; management of distributed innovation, including outsourcing and offshoring, across the supply chain; behavior of technical teams (aka team science); and computer simulation, including system dynamics and agent-based model computer simulation. He is also or has been President of the System Dynamics Society, Department Editor of Industry Studies & Industry Policy at Production and Operations Management, and ad-hoc managing editor at The System Dynamics Review.
He received his Ph.D. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BAS in Electrical Engineering and History from Stanford University. Prior to entering academia, he was a product design engineer at the Ford Motor Company, from which he holds six U.S. and International Patents.
He has won the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award from the Productions and Operations Management Society. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Administration, SAP, and Hewlett-Packard, and he has consulted with Ford, Shell, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, and Atlantic-Richfield.
Roanna Flowers, B.A.
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Roanna Flowers is Program Developer, Story & Strategy for the Texas McCombs Healthcare Innovation Initiative. She has worked with the program since its inception in 2009. As Program Developer, she designs all educational and event programming, as well as leads all storytelling efforts on and offline, including curating and managing social media content. She is the head communications strategist and brand lead and provides strategic voice for the entire program. As of September 2016, she is also the program developer and advisor for the undergraduate Business of Healthcare Certificate program.
Prior to her time at McCombs, Roanna was the acquisitions editor and legislative and feature article writer for Treatment Today, a national trade magazine in behavioral health with nearly 200,000 subscribers per month. She interviewed saxophonist Buddy Miles, composer Paul Williams, General Colin Powell, Senator Paul Wellstone, and former Texas Governor Ann Richards on topics of sobriety, treatment, and patient bill of rights. She designed and curated future articles and issue focus for Treatment Today and two smaller, regional publications created for specific hospital systems.
Roanna is a local writer, screenwriter, and improviser. She has performed at The Institution Theater and the Hideout. Her award-winning comedy short films have been shown in more than 30 festivals worldwide. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Latin from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas.
Kristie Loescher, DBA
Director, Curriculum & Outreach
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Kristie Loescher, DBA, is the Director of Curriculum and Outreach for Healthcare@McCombs. Kristie teaches management, organizational behavior, human resources, leadership, and healthcare systems at the McCombs School of Business. Her academic publications focus on ethical education, organizational ethics, diversity management, process improvement in healthcare delivery systems, and healthcare reform. In addition to her work for Healthcare@McCombs, Kristie is the assistant director for the Business Foundations Summer Institute. She is the co-author of the book Communication Matters: Write, Speak, Succeed, published by Kendall Hunt in 2007, with a second edition in 2010.
Prior to entering academia in 2001, Kristie spent 15 years working in hospital administration, most recently as Director of Operations for the Medical Affairs Division of the Seton Healthcare Network in Austin. In that position, Kristie was responsible for all medical quality assurance, new physician credentialing, nursing case management/utilization review, social services/discharge planning, infection control, and clinical research activities throughout Seton's six acute care hospitals, mental health hospital, and nine ambulatory healthcare facilities. As Director of Operations, Kristie developed and implemented training programs for new staff, automated the credentialing and peer review functions, expanded services from 800 to 1600+ physician members with no increase in staff, and managed a consolidation of division services with a facility acquisitions/merger. Kristie continues to consult with Seton Healthcare Network on a regular bases, particularly in the area of clinical quality improvement.
She earned her doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, specializing in human resources management. She has an MPH in Health Planning and Administration from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. She is a UT alum, earning her B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin.