Eastern Michigan University
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Nesa L. J. Wu

Professor of Operations Management/Faculty Co-Advisor for APICS Student Organization

415 Owen




Ph.D. Purdue University
M.S. Purdue University 
B.S. Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Professional Summary

Dr. Wu joined the Department of Operations Research and Information Systems at Eastern Michigan University in 1974 in the Productions and Operations Management curriculum. She has won many awards for her outstanding teaching including the College of Business Faculty Award 3 times and the Finance and Computer Information Systems Faculty Award twice. Dr. Wu has also won the Josephine Keal Award for Professional Development and a Eastern Michigan University Presidential Faculty Research Award.

Dr. Wu started the first Eastern Michigan University Student Chapter of APICS which is a organization dedicated to operations management. The organization has been awarded both Gold and Platinum status.  Dr. Wu has also served on the board of the APICS Greater Detroit Chapter.

Prior to her career at Eastern Michigan University, Dr. Wu was employed at the University of Michigan. In her free time, she has donated her time to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter participating in the building of 7 homes in the Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor area.

Dr. Wu teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in operations management and undergraduate business statistics.

Courses Taught

DS 265 Business Statistics
OM 374 Introduction to Operations Management
OM 499 3 Credit Independent Study
OM 503 Introduction to Operations Management

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Wu's research focuses on Lean Operations Management for Manufacturing and Lean Operations in the Services Industry.

Selected Publications

Wu, N. L.J., Parfenyuk, Y., Craig, A. S. , & Craig, M. E. (2011).  Guidelines For Sustanining High Level of Success When Implementing Lean Principles in Businesses: Some Successful Case Summaries.  International Journal of Accounting Information Science & Leadership, 4 (10), 67-85.  

Wu, N. L.J. (2008). Setup Time Reduction and lean Shop Floor Control: Accounting for Redefining Setup Cost in the Economic Production Quantity Model. International Journal of Accounting Information Science & Leadership, 2.

Wu, N. L.J. (2004). Philosophy, Principles and Productivity of Lean Manufacturing. Productivity Quarterly Journal, 45.

Wu, N. L.J. (2002). SCM, ERP & the Internet. Productivity Quarterly Journal, 42 (4), 535-538.

Wu, N. L.J. & Walker, C. (2000). Systematic Approach to Activity Based Costing of the Production Planning Activity in the Book Manufacturing Industry. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 20 (3).

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