William Raffield

Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management


(651) 962-5148

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 331
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.S., Physics, Clemson University
M.P.A., Environmental Management, Golden Gate University
Ph.D., Industrial Management, Clemson University

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Bill Raffield grew up in South Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Clemson University. He has an M.P.A. in environmental management and received his Ph.D. in industrial management from Clemson University. Raffield has taught classes in operations management for more than 20 years. He was the senior associate dean for the Opus College of Business from the founding of the college in July 2001 until fall 2009. Raffield served as an officer in the United States Air Force, and worked in industry for Michelin Tire Corporation and the Truckstops of America division of Ryder Systems, Inc. His research interests are in work and process flow and capacity management. He is a member of APICS and the Production and Operations Management Society.

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses
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J-Term 2016 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Senior Associate Dean (2002-09), Interim Dean (2001-02), University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul (2001 - 2009)
  • Senior Associate Dean, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2002 - 2009)
  • Interim Associate Dean, College of Business, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2001 - 2002)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1991 - 2001)
  • Director, Division of Business, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1997 - 2001)
  • Graduate Teacher of Record, Clemson University, Clemson (1986 - 1991)
  • Manager, Wholesale Division, Universal Tire, Inc., Nashville (1984 - 1986)
  • National Marketing Manager, Truckstops of America, Nashville (1980 - 1984)
  • Territory Representative, Michelin Tire Corporation, Memphis (1978 - 1980)
  • Captain, U.S. Air Force, Vandenberg AFB (1971 - 1978)

Professional Memberships
  • Advancing Productivity Innovation & Competitive Success
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society
  • Decision Sciences Institute
  • Production and Operations Management Society

Professional Service
  • APICS - Advancing Productivity Innovation and Competitive Success,

  • Lutz, H. S., Vang, D. O., & Raffield, W. D. (2012). Using game theory to predict supply chain cooperation. Performance Improvement Journal, (51)(3), pp. 19-23

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Research interests are in production planning and control systems
  • capacity planning
  • MRP
  • Operations Strategy
  • shop management and scheduling
  • and business education.

Awards and Honors
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society, Industrial Crescent Chapter, 1988
  • Distinguished Educator Award, University of St. Thomas, 1993
  • First Opus College of Business faculty member selected as an Honorary Faculty Inductee., Beta Gamma Sigma, 2011
  • Selected for membership in the Nu Tau Chapter, Delta Sigma Pi National Business Fraternity, 1997
  • Selected to membership, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, 1994
  • Southern Business Administration Association Innovation Award for education, 1990
  • William B. Malevich Award, University of St. Thomas, 2012

  • "Applying for AACSB Accreditation: Identifying costs" Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, January 01, 2001
  • "Strategic Capacity Planning: Fact or Wishful Thinking?" Midwest Business Administration Association MBAA, Chicago, Illinois, March 01, 1996
  • "Innovations in Teaching Management at the University of St. Thomas" Academy of Management, Chicago, Illinois, April 01, 1995
  • "Shop load control using gateway work centers: A simulation study" Midwest Business Administration Association, January 01, 1994
  • "Working as colleagues to design new student centered courses" Business Teaching Conference, January 01, 1993
  • "Use of commercial software in POM courses" Glassboro State College, Glassboro, New Jersey, January 01, 1990