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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, 4th edition (2012), 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. He has a BS in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a MBA in operations research from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a PhD in industrial engineering and applied behavioral science from Northwestern University.
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
Management of project management and PMO's
Knowledge management in projects
Interpersonal and group behavior in high-stress, isolated,and confined operating environments
Professional & Community Affiliations
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Production and Inventory Control Society
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Experimental Aircraft Association
Institute of Industrial Engineers
- ISOM 337. Fundamentals of Lean Production
- ISOM 349. Project Management (undergraduate)
- ISOM 480. Introduction to Operations Management
ISOM 482. Lean Production: Concepts and Applications
ISOM 484. Project Management
ISOM 581. Global Operations Management
OPMG 601. Project Management (EMBA)
OPMG 332. Operations Management (undergraduate)
Beta Gamma Sigma
Phi Beta Delta
Nicholas, J.M. "An Integrated Lean-Methods Approach to Hospital Facilities Redesign." Hospital Topics. 90.2 (2012). 47-55.
Jukic, N., J.M. Nicholas. "A Framework for Collecting and Defining Requirements for Data Warehousing Projects." Journal of Computing and Information Technology (2011). 377-384.
Nicholas, J.M., G.J.Hidding. "Management Principles Associated with IT Project Success." International Journal of Management and Information Systems. 14.5 (2010). 147-156.
Nicholas, J.M., 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. 4th ed. Routledge, 2012.
Nicholas, J.M. Lean Production: A Comprehensive Guide to Lean Methodologies and Management Practices. New York: CRC/Productivity Press, 2010.
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.
Presentation of Refereed Papers
Hidding, G., J.M. Nicholas. "Reducing Project Failures Through Value-Driven Change Leadership." Applied Business Research Conference of the Clute Institute. Orlando, Florida. 2010.
Hidding, G., J.M. Nicholas. "Reducing Project Failures Through Value-Driven Change Leadership." Project Summit. Chicago, Illinois. 2009.