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John Nicholas is professor operations management and an active teacher, writer, and researcher in project management and manufacturing management. He is the author of numerous academic and technical publications and several books including Project Management for Engineering, Business, and Technology, 5th edition (2017), Lean Production for Competitive Advantage (2010). The Portal of Lean Production (2006) and Competitive Manufacturing Management (1998). He has held the positions of engineer and team leader on aircraft development projects a Lockheed-Martin Corporation, business analyst on operations projects at Bank America, and research associate on energy-environmental research projects at Argonne National Laboratory.
PhD, Industrial Engineering and Applied Behavioral Science, Northwestern University
MBA, Operations Research and Systems Analysis, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
BS, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Competitive manufacturing management: Lean production, just-in-time,and related topics
Project and program management
Interpersonal and group behavior in high-stress, isolated,and confined operating environments
Professional & Community Affiliations
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Production and Inventory Control Society
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Experimental Aircraft Association
- SCMG 332. Operations Management (undergraduate)
- SCMG 337. Fundamentals of Lean Production (undergraduate)
- ISSCM 349. Project Management (undergraduate)
- SCMG 480. Introduction to Operations Management
SCMG 482. Lean Production: Concepts and Applications
ISSCM 484. Project Management
ISOM 480 HCM. Healthcare Operations Management
ISOM 581. Global Operations Management
SCMG 601. Project Management (EMBA)
Beta Gamma Sigma
Phi Beta Delta
Hidding, G., and J., Nicholas. "A New Way of Thinking about IT Project Management Practices: Early Empirical Results." Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce. Forthcoming 2017.
Nicholas, J. "Hoshin Kanri and Critical Success Factors in Quality Management and Lean Production". Total Quality Management and Business Excellence, 27(3-4), March-April, 2016.250-264.
Nicholas, J. "An Integrated Lean-Methods Approach to Hospital Facilities Redesign." Hospital Topics. 90.2 (2012). 47-55.
Jukic, N., J. Nicholas. "A Framework for Collecting and Defining Requirements for Data Warehousing Projects." Journal of Computing and Information Technology (2011). 377-384.
Nicholas, J., G. Hidding. "Management Principles Associated with IT Project Success." International Journal of Management and Information Systems. 14.5 (2010). 147-156.
Nicholas, J., H. Johnson. "Case History: Quality Initiative in the Pathology Lab." OD Practitioner 42.1 (2010).
Hidding, G.J., J.M. Nicholas. "Reducing I.T. Project Management Failures: Early Empirical Results." IEEE Computer Society Press.2014.
Hidding, G.J., J.M. Nicholas. "Reducing Project Failures through Value-Driven Change Leadership." Orlando, Florida: Clute Institute. 2010.
Jukic, N., J. Nicholas. "A Framework for Requirements Collection and Definition Process for Data Warehousing Projects." Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces. ITI. 2010. 187-192.
Hidding, G. J., J.M. Nicholas. "Reducing I.T. Project Failures: A Research Proposal." Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE. 2009.
Nicholas, J.M., H. Stein. Project Management for Engineering, Business, and Technology. 5th ed. Routledge, 2017.
Nicholas, J.M. Lean Production: A Comprehensive Guide to Lean Methodologies and Management Practices. New York: CRC/Productivity Press, 2010. Revised edition, forthcoming 2018.
Nicholas, J.M., H. Stein. Project Management for Business, Engineering, and Technology. 3rd ed. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, 2008.
Nicholas, J.M., A. Soni. The Portal to Lean Production: Principles and Practices for Doing More with Less. Auerbach Press, 2006.
Nicholas, J.M.Project Management for Business and Technology. 2nd ed. (Chinese edition). Tsingua University Press, 2005.