Prof. Alan Robinson

Alan G. Robinson 


Telephone: 413-545-5640


Office: Isenberg 305A


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Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.S.E., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Cambridge University
B.A., Cambridge University 

Research/Teaching Interests:

Managing Ideas
Corporate Creativity
Continuous Improvement
Performance Improvement
Lean Production
Managing Innovation and Change
High-performance Organizations
Executive Education
Operations Management
Lean production


Sma Ideer Stora Resultat (Small Ideas - Big Results) (co-authored with Louise Oestberg and Dean Schroeder), SIS Forlag, Sweden, 2010. This book was the result of a study of creativity and idea management in twenty-five Swedish companies, and won the SIS Writers Award for the best book published in 2010 by the Swedish Standards Institute. 

“Green is Free: Creating Sustainable Competitive Advantage Through Green Excellence” (joint with Dean Schroeder), Organizational Dynamics, 39, 2010, no. 4, 345-352, 2011.

“Managing Continuous Improvement In Vietnam: Unique Challenges and Approaches To Overcome Them” (joint with Phuong Anh Nguyen), Quality Management Journal, 17, 2010 no. 2, 23-41.


“The Role of Front-Line Ideas in Lean Performance Improvement” (joint with Dean Schroeder), Quality Management Journal, 16, 2009, no. 4, 27-40.

“Greener and Cheaper”
(joint with Dean Schroeder), The Wall Street Journal, March 23, 2009.

Vos Idees Changent Tout, Second Edition (revised and augmented), Editions d'Organization, Paris, 2007 (co-authored with Professor Isaac Getz).


De innovatiekracht van ideeen, a Dutch edition of my book Vos Idees Changent Tout (co-authored with Isaac Getz) Kluwer, Mechelen, Belgium, 2007. The book is revised to address a Dutch audience and incorporates new Dutch cases.


Corporate Creativity, Eiji Press, 2007 (Joint with Prof. Sam Stern of Oregon State University.) This is a new Japanese edition of our book Corporate Creativity, Eiji Press, 2007. 


"Implementing Lean Production in a Family Firm: The Interdependence of Family and Business Dimensions", Academy of Management 2006 Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.


Le vostre idee cambieranno tutto!, an Italian edition of my book Vos Idees Changent Tout (co-authored with Isaac Getz), Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan 2005. The book is revised to address an Italian audience and incorporates new Italian cases.


Ideas Are Free, Berrett-Koehler, 2004 (co-authored with Prof. Dean Schroeder of Valparaiso University). The book has been translated into seven languages, and I could list the seven foreign-language titles if needed. 


Tus ideas lo cambian todo: El secreto del éxito sostenible, a Spanish edition of my book Vos Idees Changent Tout (co-authored with Isaac Getz), Ra-Ma Empresa, Madrid, 2004. The book is revised to address a Spanish audience and includes new Spanish cases.


Innovations-POWER, a German edition of my book Vos Idees Changent Tout, (co-authored with Isaac Getz), Hanser, Berlin, 2004. The book is revised to address a German audience, and includes new German cases.


"How to capture and implement extraordinary numbers of useful employee ideas", American Society for Training and Development, 2004 International Annual Conference. (I believe this was refereed, but can't remember for sure.)


"Truly Lean Production:  The Gilbreth Insight," The 6th International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing, Xi'an, China, June 21-23, 2004. (Joint with Prof. Sara McComb).


"Innovate or Die: Is that a Fact?", Creativity and Innovation Management, 12, No. 3, (2003) pp. 130-136. (Joint with Isaac Getz.)"


Vos Idees Changent Tout, Editions d'Organization, Paris, 2003 (co-authored with Prof. Isaac Getz of the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris).

Professional/Academic Activities:

Editorial Board, International Journal of Productivity and Quality Management (IJPQM).

Associate Editor, International Journal on Multidisciplinary Approaches to Innovation