M. Johnny  Rungtusanatham

M. Johnny Rungtusanatham

Fisher College of Business Distringuished Professor of Management Sciences

Management Sciences


M. Johnny Rungtusanatham is Fisher Colleger of Business Distinguished Professor of Management Sciences.  Before joining Fisher in 2011, he worked for the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2006-2011), the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University (1998-2006), and the School of Business of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1995-1998), where he held faculty and various administrative positions. Those included academic co-director of the Joseph M. Juran Center for Leadership in Quality, PhD coordinator for the Operations and Management Sciences Department, academic director for the Chevron Advanced Certificate Program in Supply Chain Management, and founding faculty director for the W. P. Carey MBA – Online Program.

At Fisher, Rungtusanatham led and taught the undergraduate core operations management course and in 2014 recently received the Daniel Westerbeck Undergraduate Teaching Award. He currently teaches in  the working professional MBA program. He also has taught in the full-time, part-time and Executive MBA Programs at Carlson and the W.P. Carey School.  While at W. P. Carey, Rungtusanatham was the first winner of the John Teets Outstanding Graduate Professor Award (2000).  In 2000, he also received the distinction of Foreign Professor of High Qualification from the Università di Padova, Italy.

Rungtusanatham has expertise in mass customization, quality management, and supply chain design.  He research, published in prestigious academic and practitioner journals, has been recognized with the 2011 Citation of Excellencefrom Emerald Management Reviews, the 2004 Best Paper Awardfrom the Production Planning & Control journal, the 2004 Best Paper Awardfrom the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, and the2005 E. Grosvenor Plowman Best Paper Awardfrom the CSCMP Annual Conference. His publications were finalists for the 2005 Journal of Operations Management Best Paper Award and the 2008 Chan K. Hahn Best Paper Awardfrom the operations management division of the Academy of Management.  At Carlson, Rungtusanatham won the 2007 Faculty Research Award.


  • Citation of Excellence, Emerald Management Reviews, 2011
  • Outstanding Decision Sciences Journal Associate Editor2009 and 2011
  • Annual Faculty Research Award, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota, 2008
  • Best Paper Award, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 2005

Areas of Expertise

  • Process analysis
  • Quality improvement
  • Mass customization
  • Buyer-supplier relationship
  • Operations strategy


  • PhD in Business Administration, University of Minnesota
  • BS in Business Administration, Birmingham-Southern College


Published Articles

Teaching Cases

  • F. Salvador and M. Rungtusanatham, Lawnworks Lawn & Garden Group, DO1BC-146-I, IE Business Publishing (2011).
  • M. Rungtusanatham, “DCH Logistics Plan for La Cafetière,” Case 2009002, Center for Supply Chain Management & Logistics, Li & Fung Institute of Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2009).
  • T. Laseter, E. Rabinovich, and M. Rungtusanatham, “eBAGS: Managing Growth,” UVA-OM-1179, University of Virginia Darden Business Publishing (2005).
  • M. Rungtusanatham and F. Salvador, “Early Supplier Integration in the Design of the Skid-Steer Loader” (Case and Teaching Note), National Association of Purchasing Managers (2001).


  • R.G. Schroeder, S. M. Goldstein, and M. Rungtusanatham, Operations Management in the Supply Chain: Decisions and Cases, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill (2013).
  • R.G. Schroeder, S. M. Goldstein, and M. Rungtusanatham, Operations Management: Contemporary Concepts and Cases, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill (2010).
  • Hill, Arthur V. and M. Rungtusanatham.  2010.  Process Is Everything.  Eden Praire, MN:  Clamshell Publishing Press.
  • M. Rungtusanatham, C. Forza, and F. Salvador, Fondamenti di Operations Management, Padua, Italy: Libraria Projecto (2004).

Technical Reports

  • F. Salvador, C. Forza, and M. Rungtusanatham, “Mass Customization: Architetture di Prodotto e Strategie di Approvvigionamento,” Executive Report (2001).
  • J. Egan, J. Arora, and M. Rungtusanatham, “Extending the Enterprise: How to Revolutionize the Retail Energy Business with Supply Chain Management,” Strategic Issues Paper XIV, E-Source: Boulder, CO (2002).


  • BUSMGT 3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

    Introduction to operations and supply chain management to improve manufacturing and service organizations; analyzing, controlling and improving resources and processes to increase productivity, generate value-added output and meet business goals. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200), 2002.01 (201); and Stat 1430 (133) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 3130 (430) or 630, or to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • MBA 6233 - Operations Management

    Operations Management (MBA 6233) is designed to provide a solid foundation and deeper understanding of how the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 850.