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Edward Anderson

Edward Anderson

Associate Professor, Information, Risk, & Operations Management

  • PhD Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BAS. Electrical Engineering and History, Stanford University

Edward Anderson is Associate Professor of Information, Risk, & Operations Management at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. He teaches operations management, project management, and launch planning for startups.

Dr. Anderson is the Director of Faculty Engagement for the McCombs Health Initiative. 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.

Dr. Anderson is the co-author of two books: The Innovation Butterfly: Managing Emergent Opportunities and Disruptions Under Distributed Innovation, which describes leadership metrics, planning, and organization in the complex adaptive system that is innovation management, as well as Operations Management for Dummies. He has authored 20+ articles for research journals. His primary research interest is the management of distributed innovation, particularly in the engineering and healthcare contexts. Related interests include knowledge management, the economics of platform industries such as smartphones and videogame consoles, and the dynamics of process improvement. He employs a mix of methodologies including computer simulation methodologies such as system dynamics and agent-based model computer simulation, optimal control and game theory, and qualitative studies.

Dr. Anderson received a PhD 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.

Dr. Anderson has won the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award from the Production and Operations Management Society. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Administration, SAP, and Hewlett-Packard and has consulted with Ford, Shell, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, and Atlantic-Richfield.