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Edward Anderson


Department:     Information, Risk & Operations Management

Additional Titles:     Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wright Centennial Professor for Management of Innovative Technology

Industry Areas:     Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, High Technology, Software

Research Areas:     Computer Simulation, Information Economics, Knowledge Management, Operations Management, Outsourcing Business Process, Quality Management, Service Management, Supply Chain Management, System Dynamics

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Edward Anderson is a professor of supply chain and operations management for The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. Within the school’s Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management, he has taught courses on supply chain and operations management, project management, health care, and new venture design and implementation for the BBA, MBA, Ph.D., and Executive Education programs. Anderson has also served as director of the McCombs Healthcare Innovation Center, a research center that specializes in innovation in health care delivery.

Anderson has published more than 40 articles of research on topics such as the economics of platform design, B2B platforms for supply chains, Industry 4.0, government policy and operations management, outsourced product development, service management, and health care discrimination. The work has appeared in top journals, including Information Systems Research, Management Science, Organization Science, Surgery, and Production and Operations Management. Anderson has also published numerous book chapters on optimal control theory, system dynamics, product strategy, and real options for MIT Press, Oxford, AMACOM Press, and Kluwer Press, and he has also written his own books, one of which serves as a primer on operations management for BBA and MBA students.

For his expertise on supply chain innovation, outsourcing, and industrial policy, Anderson has been featured in Fox News, the Associated Press, Yahoo, Fortune, and NBC News, and he has testified as an expert witness on supply chain disruption before the Texas Senate. Before entering a career in teaching, Anderson worked as a product design engineer in the automotive industry and currently holds six patents.

He earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in electrical engineering and history from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in management science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.




Professional Awards

Faculty Honor Roll for Outstanding MBA Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business


Jay Wright Forrester Award


Faculty Honor Roll for Outstanding Undergraduate Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business


Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty Appreciation Award, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business


Production and Operations Management Society Fellow


Faculty Honor Roll for Outstanding Executive Education Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business


Edward G. Anderson, Jr., Geoffrey G. Parker, and Burcu Tan. Aug. 2023.
Strategic Investments for Platform Launch and Ecosystem Growth: A Dynamic Analysis.
Journal of Management Information Systems 40(3): 807-839.

Edward Anderson, Sushil Gupta, Nitin Joglekar, and Martin Starr. May 2023. Managing Pandemics: A POM Perspective and Directions for Future Research. Production and Operations Management 32(5): 1295-1306.

Edward G. Anderson, David R. Keith, and Jose Lopez. June 2023. Opportunities for System Dynamics Research in Operations Management for Public Policy. Production and Operations Management. 32(6): 1895-1920.

Nitin Joglekar, Edward G. Anderson, Kyungmin Lee, Geoffrey Parker, Ettore Settanni, and Jagjit Singh Srai. Dec 2022. Configuration of Digital and Physical Infrastructure Platforms: Private and Public Perspectives. Production & Operations Management 31(12): 4515-4528.

Edward G. Anderson, Jose Lopez, and Geoffrey G. Parker. Dec 2022. Leveraging Value Creation to Drive the Growth of B2B Platforms. Production & Operations Management 31(12): 4501-4514.

Edward G. Anderson, Hemant K. Bhargava, and Boehm, Jonas. 2022. Electric Vehicles Are a Platform Business: What Firms Need to Know. California Management Review 64(4): 135-154.

Burcu Tan, Edward G. Anderson, and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2020. Platform Pricing and Investment to Drive Third-Party Value Creation in Two-Sided Networks. Information Systems Research 31(1), 217-239.


Edward G. Anderson, Xiaoyue Jiang, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Burcu Tan. 2019. Systems Integration and the Dynamics of Partial Outsourcing. Production and Operations Management 28(2), 319-340.


Edward G. Anderson, Kyle Lewis, and Gorkem Turgut Ozer. 2018. Combining Stock-and-flow, Agent-based, and Social Network Methods to Model Team Performance. System Dynamics Review 34(4), 527-574.


Edward G. Anderson, Aravind Chandrasekaran, Allison Davis-Blake, and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2018. Managing Distributed Product Development Projects: Integration Strategies for Time-Zone and Language Barriers. Information Systems Research 29(1), 42-69.


Nitini R. Joglekar, Jane Davies, and Edward G. Anderson. 2016. The Role of Industry Studies and Public Policies in Production and Operations Management. Production and Operations Management 25(12), 1977-2001.


Edward G. Anderson and Kyle Lewis. 2014. A Dynamic Model of Individual and Group Learning Amid Disruption. Organization Science 25(2), 356-376.


Edward G. Anderson, Geoffrey G. Parker, and Burcu Tan. 2014. Platform Feature Investment in the Presence of 3rd-Party Developer and Consumer Externalities. Information Systems Research 25(1), 152-72.


Nitin R. Joglekar, Edward G. Anderson, and Ganesan Shankaranarayanan. 2013. Accuracy of Data in Distributed Project Settings: Model, Analysis and Implications. ACM Journal of Data and Information Quality 4(3), 13-34.


Edward G. Anderson and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2013. Integration and Cospecialization of Emerging Complementary Technologies by Startups. Production and Operations Management 22(6), 1356-1373.


Edward G. Anderson and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2013. Integration of Global Knowledge Networks. Production and Operations Management 22(6), 1446-1463.


Mary Ann Anderson, Edward G. Anderson, and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2013. Operations Management for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


Edward G. Anderson and Nitin R. Joglekar. 2012. The Innovation Butterfly: Managing Emergent Opportunities and Risks during Distributed Innovation. Springer Studies in Complexity Science (Springer-Verlag, Research Monograph).


Edward G. Anderson. 2011. A Dynamic Model of Counterinsurgency Policy Including the Effects of Intelligence, Public Security, Popular Support and Insurgent Experience. System Dynamics Review 27(2), 111-141.


Jason Amaral, Edward G. Anderson, and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2011. Putting It Together: How to Succeed in Distributed Product Development. MIT Sloan Management Review 52(2), 51-58.


Burcu Tan, Edward G. Anderson, Jim S. Dyer, and Geoffrey Parker. 2010. Evaluating System Dynamics Models of Risky Projects Using Decision Trees: Alternative Energy Projects as an Illustrative Example. System Dynamics Review 26(1), 1-17.


Edward G. Anderson, Douglas J. Morrice, and Gary Lundeen. 2006. Stochastic Optimal Control for Staffing and Backlog Policies in a Two-Stage Customized Service Supply Chain. Production and Operations Management 15(2), 262–278.


Edward G. Anderson and Douglas J. Morrice. 2005. The "Physics" of Capacity and Backlog Management in Service and Custom Manufacturing Supply Chains. System Dynamics Review 21(3), 217-247.


James A. Fitzsimmons, Edward G. Anderson, Douglas J. Morrice, and Edward G. Powell. 2004. Managing Service Supply Relationships. International Journal of Services Technology and Management 5(3), 221-232.


Edward G. Anderson and Douglas J. Morrice. 2002. Capacity and Backlog Management in Queuing-Based Supply Chains, in Proceedings of the 2002 Winter Simulation Conference,


Geoffrey G. Parker and Edward G. Anderson. 2002. From Buyer to Integrator: The Transformation of the Supply Chain Manager in the Vertically Disintegrating Firm. Production and Operations Management 11, 75-91.


Geoffrey G. Parker and Edward G. Anderson. 2002. Supply Chain Integration: Putting Humpty-Dumpty Back Together Again, in Future Directions in Supply Chain and Technology Management, Tonya Boone and Ram Ganeshan, eds. American Management Association, 352-376.


Edward G. Anderson and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2002. The Effect of Learning on the Make/Buy Decision. Production and Operations Management11, 313-339.


Edward G. Anderson. 2001. Managing the Impact of High Market Growth and Learning on Knowledge Worker Productivity and Service Quality. European Journal of Operational Research 134, 508-524.


Edward G. Anderson. 2001. The Non-Stationary Staff Planning Problem with Business Cycle and Learning Effects. Management Science 47, 817-832.


Edward G. Anderson and Douglas J. Morrice. 2000. A Simulation Game for Service-Oriented Supply Chain Management: Does Information Sharing Help Managers with Service Capacity Decisions? Journal of Production and Operations Management 9, 40-55.


J. Ritchie-Dunham, Edward G. Anderson, Douglas J. Morrice, and J. Scott. 2000. A Strategic Supply Chain Simulation Model, in Proceedings of the 2000 Winter Simulation Conference,


Edward G. Anderson and Mary Ann Anderson. 2000. Are Your Decisions Today Creating Your Future Competitors? Avoiding the Outsourcing Trap. The Systems Thinker 11, 1-5.


Edward G. Anderson, Charles H. Fine, and Geoffrey G. Parker. 2000. Upstream Volatility in the Supply Chain: The Machine Tool Industry as a Case Study. Production and Operations Management 9, 239-261.


Edward G. Anderson and Douglas J. Morrice. 1999. A Simulation Model to Study the Dynamics in a Service-Oriented Supply Chain, in Proceedings of the 1999 Winter Simulation Conference,


Edward G. Anderson and Charles H. Fine. 1998. Business Cycle and Productivity in Capital Equipment Supply Chains, in Quantitative Models for Supply Chain Management, Sridhar R. Taylor, Ram Ganeshan, and Michael J. Magazine, eds. Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic, 381-415.


James A. Fitzsimmons, Edward G. Anderson, Douglas J. Morrice, and G. Edward Powell. Service Chain Management. International Journal of Services Technology and Management 2004. 


Edward G. Anderson, and Aravind Chandrasekaran. How to Sustain Healthcare Process Improvement in Heterogenous Teams?  Evidence from a Systems Dynamic Model. Production and Operations Management.  Forthcoming.