Kenneth  Boyer

Kenneth Boyer

Dean's Distinguished Professor of Operations Management

Management Sciences


Dr. Ken Boyer is a professor of operations management. He came to Fisher in 2008 from Michigan State University, where he was a professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. From 2006-11, he was the co-editor in chief of theJournal of Operations Management, one of the five highest-ranking management journals in the field and the premiere scholarly journal for operations and supply chain management. He has memberships in the Academy of Management, Production and Operations Management Society and the Decision Sciences Institute. 

Dr. Boyer’s professional activities include serving in several leadership positions within DSI and the Academy of Management. He has published more than 50 journal articles on health-care operations, e-commerce and technology management.  His work has been cited more 1,400 times.

Dr. Boyer has given invited presentations in nine different countries and been quoted in several prominent periodicals, including the New York Times,Business 2.0 , the Chicago Tribune and USA Today


  • INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize, 2012 selected out of 843 papers published in INFORMS journals in 2012.
  • OM Division Distinguished Scholar, Academy of Management, 2010
  • John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 2007  
  • Outstanding MBA Second-year Professor, 2005 
  • Chan Hahn Award for best paper, 1997  
  • Stan Hardy Award for best paper, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, 1996

Areas of Expertise

Production/Operations Management

  • E-commerce Operations
  • Operations Strategy
  • Technology Management


  • PhD in Operations Management, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • MBA, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Brown University


Published Research


  • Kenneth Boyer and Rohit Verma, Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century, Cengage Southwestern Publishers (2010).
  • Kenneth K. Boyer, G. Tomas Hult, and Mark Frohlich, Extending the Supply Chain: How Cutting-Edge Companies Bridge the Critical Last Mile into Customers' Homes, AMACOM (2004).
  • Kenneth Boyer and Andrea’homme, “Chapter 5: A Comparison of In-Store vs. Online Grocery Customers,” Grocery E-commerce Consumer Behaviour and Business Strategy, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Niels Kornum and Mogens Bjerre, eds. (2005).
  • Kenneth Boyer, “Advanced Operations Technologies,” “Process Choice,” “Capacity Management” (modules), Value-Driven Operations: An Integrated, Modular Approach, McGraw-Hill, Steven Melnyk and Morgan Swink (2002).


  • BUSMGT 7203 - Service and Healthcare Business Operations

    Examines how techniques including lean, six sigma and value stream mapping are increasingly being utilized in service businesses, as well as to improve both flow (Cost) and patient safety outcomes in medicine. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program.

  • BUSMGT 7259 - Operations and Technology Strategy

    Develop a unifying framework for analyzing strategic issues in operations. Use theory and cases to illustrate and explore the concept of operations and technology strategy. Covers strategic decisions on technology, facilities, vertical integration, human resources, global operations and social issues. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, or MAcc program. Not open to students with credit for 834.

  • MBA 6232 - Operations Management II

    How the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Continuation of 6231. Prereq: 6231 and enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 850.