Frederick M. Zimmerman  portrait

Frederick M. Zimmerman

Emeritus Professor
Ph.D. Minnesota
OSS 100
Mail #OSS100
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Interests and expertise

Manufacturing processes,  operations management, strategic management


Dr. Fred Zimmerman is Professor of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering and International Management (Retired) at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and has taught at the University of Minnesota, Universidad Catolica in Montevideo, Uruguay and at the Czech Management Center in Celovice, Czech Republic. Prior to returning to academia in 1985, Dr. Zimmerman had spent over 25 years in industry as an engineer, manager, vice president and president primarily with IBM, National Computer Systems and an NCS affiliate company - CAMAX. He has served on the boards of directors of 14 corporations including his recent board assignments: Park Industries, Bermo, Energy Systems Group, Minnesota Wire and Cable and Winnebago Industries. He is the author of numerous professional and technical articles and is a frequent contributor to the Business Forum section of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is also the author of the McGraw--Hill book entitled THE TURNAROUND EXPERIENCE: REAL WORLD LESSONS IN REVITALIZING CORPORATIONS and MEASUREMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL ECONOMY and THE RELOCATION OF INDUSTRY published by the St. Thomas Technology Press. His most recent book is titled MANUFACTURING WORKS: THE VITAL LINK BETWEEN PRODUCTION AND PROSPERITY is co-authored by Dave Beal of the Pioneer Press which discusses the relationship between manufacturing and community prosperity. Dearborn Trade Press, an arm of the Washington Post newspaper, released the book in 2002. Dr. Zimmerman resides in Minnetonka with his wife, Joanell. The Zimmerman's have five children and have housed over eighty foster children.

Selected presentations and publications

"Star Tribune - Business: Lawmakers need to remember you can't give what you don't have," July 12, 2015.

"US Manufacturing: Five Challenges to Our Competitive Position", National Association of Purchasing Managers, October 14, 2014.
View the Purchasing Managers Association 2014 presentation.

"Five Challenges to Our Competitive Position presentation," Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association, April 24, 2014.

"Star Tribune - Business Forum: Minnesota's Homegrown Prosperity," March 30, 2014.

"Star Tribune - Business Forum: The Big Blue blues - Star Tribune article," June 23, 2013.

"Star Tribune - Business Forum: Attention Job Applicants - Star Tribue article," July 29, 2012.

From Riches to Rags in a Time of Prosperity: Hopeful Observations for a Troubled Republic.

The Turnaround Experience: Real-World Lessons in Revitalizing Corporations, McGraw-Hill.

"The Relocation of Industry and Engineering Education," American Society for Engineering Education , Spring 1997.

"Measurement: An Alternative to Industrial Policy," Journal of Applied Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 1995-96.


B.A. 1961, Economics and Statistics, University of Minnesota
1967-68, University of Southern California Graduate School  
Ph.D. 1987, Strategic Management and Organizational Studies, Curtis L. Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

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