Nancy Lea Hyer

Nancy Lea Hyer

Associate Professor of Production Management, Emerita

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Cellular Operations, Lean Production, Project Management

Subject Areas

Operations Management & Quantitative Methods



A former operations manager at Hewlett-Packard, Professor Hyer has focused her extensive work in academic and business communities on cellular operations, quality and process improvement, and project management.


Professor Hyer has consulted and led executive seminars for a number of organizations, including Community Health Systems, Cigna Insurance, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Genesco, Ingram Barge, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Hancor, Performance Food Group, Baptist Hospital, Black & Decker, and the U.S. Army.


Professor Hyer has served as the President of the Operations Management Association and on the review boards of a number of academic journals, including Decision Sciences, the Journal of operations Management, Production and Operations Management Journal, Production & Inventory Management Journal, and Management Science.


Professor Hyer's book Reorganizing the Factory: Competing through Cellular Manufacturing, written with Urban Wemmerlov of the University of Wisconsin - Madison, won the 2003 Shingo Prize for Research in Manufacturing. She is also the author of Managing Projects: A Team-Based Approach, along with Karen A. Brown of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Professor Hyer has taught several courses with the MBA program, including Managing and Improving Processes, Managing Processes for Quality, and Quality Planning and Analysis. 

Research Interests

Professor Hyer’s interests include cellular operations, lean production, project management, law practice operations, and legal project management.


PhD, International Business & Operations Management, Indiana University, 1982

MBA, Operations Management, Indiana University, 1981

BA, History & Russian Studies, University of Richmond, 1977

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