Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9/1997-Present
Associate Dean for the Full-Time MBA Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9/2010-9/2013
Associate Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9/1992-9/1997
Assistant Professor of Operations Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 9/1986-9/1992
Managing Innovation and Creativity
Managing Bottom-up Ideas
Advisor, 1987-Present, Have advised more than 150 organizations in 25 countries on management issues related to continuous improvement, lean, and innovation.
Recent Honors & Awards
Små Ideér – Stora Resultat (Small Ideas – Big Results), won the SIS Writers Award for the best book published in 2010 by the Swedish Standards Institute, 2010
I was particularly honored to have a prize in Sweden named after me in 2008. The “Alan G. Robinson Award” is now given annually to the company which, according to a panel of judges, manages employee ideas the best in Scandinavia. There is a formal award c, 2008
“How leaders can create policies that actually work”(jointwith De an Sc hroed er)Journal of Government Financial Management, 66, no. 4, 2017, 36-41.2.
“Solving the unsolvable: How to address complex politically-charged transorganizational problems. (joint with Dean Schroeder), Organizational Dynamics, 46, no. 4, 2017, 212-219.3.
“A New Paradigm in Government Purchasing: Highways England and its Continuously Improving Supply Chain” (joint with Dean Schroeder) Journal of Government Financial Management, 65, no. 3, 2016, 38-44.
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.