William Raffield

Associate Professor,

wdraffield@stthomas.edu

(651) 962-5148

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

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

Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
OPMT 310 - 03 Operations Management M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 110
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 22094
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the mangement of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations mangement. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, suply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a great appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations mangement can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 reccommended

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OPMT 310 - 04 Operations Management M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 110
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 22095
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the mangement of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations mangement. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, suply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a great appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations mangement can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 reccommended

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Summer 2015 Courses
Summer 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
Fall 2015 Courses
Fall 2015 Courses
Crs - Sec Title Days Time Location
OPMT 310 - 05 Operations Management M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 234
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 43054
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the mangement of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations mangement. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, suply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a great appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations mangement can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 reccommended

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OPMT 310 - 10 Operations Management M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MCH 234
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 43050
Operations management focuses on planning, coordination and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. This course will examine the concepts and techniques utilized in the mangement of manufacturing and service operations. This course will focus on the strategic use of the tactical tools of operations mangement. Topics covered include the management of process, technology, production, six-sigma quality, inventory, suply chain, workforce, business process improvement and lean management in operating systems. After completing this course, students will have a great appreciation for the strategic power of the operations function and greater knowledge of how effective operations mangement can enable an organization to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. Prerequisites: Junior standing; STAT 220; and MATH 101 or higher; concurrent or previous enrollment in MGMT 305 reccommended

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OPMT 480 - 01 Op Strategy w/Integ Strategy M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 234
Description of course Op Strategy w/Integ Strategy : CRN: 43064
This course is the capstone course for majors in operations management.This integrative course in Operations Strategy has a strong managerial focus on the operating decisions that can impact a firm's profitability in various manufacturing and service sectors. It serves as an integrator for the courses that had preceded it by giving students the opportunity to incorporate and refine the knowledge and skills developed in previous coursework. This course utilizes real-life cases, and projects to understand managerial issues in operations and to develop a strategic perspective in the decision making process. Offered spring semester Prerequisites: Senior standing; BETH 301, OPMT 320 and 350; and concurrent or prior enrollment in OPMT 330.

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Senior Associate Dean, OPUS College of Business, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2002 - 2009)
  • Senior Associate Dean (2002-09), Interim Dean (2001-02), University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St Paul (2001 - 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
  • Production and Operations Management Society

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

Publications

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
  • Delta Sigma Pi National Business Fraternity, 1997
  • Midwest Business Administration Association, 1994
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, 1994
  • Southern Business Administration Association Innovation Award for education, 1990
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society, Industrial Crescent Chapter, 1988
  • Distinguished Educator Award, University of St. Thomas, 1993

Presentations