Narendar Sumukadas has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, an M.B.A., and a Ph.D.. Prior to pursuing his graduate degrees, he worked as an engineer in the Indian process industry for over six years in the operations, maintenance, and projects areas. He has been at the University of Hartford since 1999, teaching undergraduate, MBA, and executive MBA courses in Operations Management.
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
M.B.A., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.
B.Tech., Kakatiya University, Warangal, India.
Research Interests and Working Papers
Continuous improvement. Employee involvement. Supply chain management. Teaching and learning.
Currently working on adopting a value chain approach to examining the drivers of a company’s delivery flexibility.
Selected Scholarship Books and Articles
Sumukadas, N. (2006). Employee Involvement: A Hierarchical Conceptualisation of its Effect on Quality. International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management.
Sawhney, R. and Sumukadas, N. (2005). Coping with customs clearance uncertainties in global sourcing. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.
Sumukadas, N., Fairfield-Sonn, J.W. and Morgan, S. (2005). Demystifying Statistical Process Control. Simulation & Gaming.
Sumukadas, N. and Sawhney, R. (2004). Workforce Agility Through Employee Involvement. Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Transactions.
Fairfield-Sonn, J.W., Morgan, S. and Sumukadas, N. (2004). The Power of Process Improvement. Simulation & Gaming.
Sumukadas, N. and Piper, C.J. (1997). Case: Spartan Plastics. Ivey Publishing, Richard Ivey School of Business.
Piper, C.J. and Sumukadas, N. (1994). Continuous Improvement in Manufacturing. Ivey Business Quarterly.
Recent Achievements and Honors
University of Hartford Laser Grant (2005), sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) and the National Aerospace Leadership Initiative (NALI).Best Experiential Exercise (2002), Eastern Academy of Management.
Honorable Mention (1998), Elwood Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Competition, Decision Sciences Institute.
Examiner for the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award (CQIA), which is considered the state equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.