Peter Southard

Associate Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management

(651) 962-5082

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 305
St. Paul, MN 55105

Ph.D., Production and Operations, University of Nebraska
M.B.A., , Drake University
B.S., Animal Science, Iowa State University

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Peter Southard grew up on a farm in central Iowa, received his bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University and his M.B.A. from Drake University in Des Moines. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where his major area was operations and supply chain management with a strong minor in management information systems.

Southard has taught courses in supply chain management, operations management, lean/JIT production, six sigma quality, operations planning and control systems, management information systems, business strategy and statistics for more than 12 years on both the graduate and undergraduate level. His teaching philosophy is based on the fact that he considers himself a student as well as a teacher. As he tells students, "one never learns a subject more thoroughly than when one tries to teach it to someone else." Working in an academic community that stresses a balance of teaching and research, and where a primary purpose of conducting applied research is to enrich the teaching environment, has always been his professional priority since choosing this career path.

He has published scholarly articles in journals such as Communications of the ACM, The International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Quality Management in Health Care, International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance, The International Journal of Production Economics, Benchmarking: An International Journal, Management Decision and The International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, as well as two book chapters and several conference proceedings, including the annual national meetings of Academy of Management, Decision Sciences Institute and HICSS. His research interests include the effects of technology innovation on supply chains and the use of lean and quality tools in services with a special focus on health care. His industry experience includes eight years in financial services as a senior vice president and branch manager of a private bank and six years with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the department formerly known as the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA). His consulting experience includes work with National Research Corporation of Lincoln, NE.

J-Term 2015 Courses
J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses
Spring 2015 Courses
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OPMT 340 - 01 Process Analysis & Improvement - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 111
Description of course Process Analysis & Improvement : CRN: 22104
This course is focused on learning and applying the theories and techniques of process analysis and improvement. Students will learn how to analyze and improve business processes in different contexts, using different process improvement tools. In addition to simple process mapping, more programmatic improvement tools including Business Process Reengineering (BPR), Just-In-Time(JIT), lean/fexible/agile processes, and Theory of Constraints (TOC) will be included in this course. Offered spring semester. Prerequisites: OPMT 310 or DSCI 301 or DSCI 310

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OPMT 610 - 203 Operations Management See Details * *
Description of course Operations Management : CRN: 22116
This course regards the student as a consumer of operations management results rather than a producer of the results. The operations function is examined from the general manager's perspective. The role of the operations function in goods-producing companies as well as in service organizations is examined. The course discusses the decision for which the operations manager is accountable. How those decisions are made and the various tools and methods used to make the decisions also will be addressed. You should not expect to become proficient in using these tools; rather you should expect to understand why the tool is appropriate to the decision. Prerequisite: OPMT 600

Schedule Details

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SCH 3011730-213009 Feb '15
SCH 3011730-213002 Mar '15
SCH 3011730-213023 Mar '15
SCH 3011730-213020 Apr '15
SCH 3011730-213011 May '15
Summer 2015 Courses
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2008 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, Penn State University - The Behrend College Sam and Irene Black School of Business, Erie (2001 - 2008)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Nebraska, Lincoln (1997 - 2001)
  • Adjunct Instructor, American Institute of Business, Des Moines (1997 - 1997)
  • Senior Vice President, Story County Bank & Trust (BancSecurity Corporation), Ames (1992 - 1994)
  • Assistant Vice President, Security Bank BancSecurity Corporation), Prairie City (1986 - 1992)
  • Assistant County Supervisor, Farmers Home Administration (U.S.D.A.), Iowa Falls (1980 - 1986)
  • County Supervisor, Farmers Home Administration (U.S.D.A.), Williamsburg (1982 - 1986)
  • Regional Sales Representative, Monsanto Corporation,, Iowa City (1979 - 1980)

Professional Memberships
  • Decision Sciences Institute (DSI)

Professional Service
  • International Journal of Production Economic, Reviewer
  • Management Decision (An Emerald Group Publishing Journal),, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Twin City Model Railroad Museum, Officer, Vice President

  • Southard, P. B., Chandra, C., & Kumar, S. (2012). RFID in healthcare: A Six Sigma DMAIC and simulation case study. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, (25)(4), pp. 291-321
  • Southard, P. B., Kumar, S., & Southard, C. A. (2011). A modified Delphi methodology to conduct a failure modes effects analysis: A patient-centric effort in a clinical medical laboratory. Quality Management in Health Care Journal, (20)(2), pp. 131-151
  • Southard, P. B. (2008). Evaluating vendor-managed inventory (VMI) in non-traditional environments using simulation. International Journal of Production Economics, (116), pp. 275-287
  • Southard, P. B., & Parente, D. (2007). A model of internal benchmarking: When and how?. Benchmarking: An International Journal, (14)(2), pp. 161-171
  • Southard, P. B. (2006). Toy trains and history lessons: Teaching your passion. International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, (1)(4), pp. 395-406
  • Southard, P. B., & Siau, K. (2004). A survey of online e-banking retail initiativesInitiatives. Communications of the ACM, (47)(10), pp. 99-102

Books and Chapters
  • Southard, P. B. (2007). Best Practices for Online Procurement Auctions. In Diane H. Parente (Ed.), Reverse auctions and supplier consortia. Idea Group, Inc
  • Southard, P. B. (2007). Battleground Business. In Michael Walden and Peg Thoms (Ed.), The cost of securing the supply chain from terrorism. Greenwood Press

Research Interests
  • Health Care
  • Operations