John Miltenburg
Professor of Operations Management
DeGroote School of Business

 

E-mail: miltenb@mcmaster.ca

Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext 22014

Mailing address:

Professor John Miltenburg
DeGroote School of Business, DSB-411
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada L8S 4M4

School of Business Website (click here)

Educational Background

B. Eng. & Mgt. in Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University
M.B.A., McMaster University
M. Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
Ph.D. in Management Sciences, University of Waterloo
M. Div., University of Toronto

Appointments

Professor Emeritus, McMaster University (2008 to present)
Professor (post-retirement), McMaster University (2013 to 2018)
Professor, McMaster University (1982 to 2008)
Visiting Professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong (1996/97)
Visiting Professor, Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands (1988/89)
Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors of Canada

Courses Taught

Recent undergraduate courses:
Commerce 3QA3: Management Science for Business -- 2017 course outline (click here)

Recent MBA courses:
Q600: Applied Business Statistics -- 2015 course outline (click here)
O600: Operations Management -- 2016 course outline (click here)
O650: Operations Management -- 2017 course outline (click here)

Other courses taught:
Quality Management -- course outline (click here)
Manufacturing Strategy -- course outline (click here)
Advanced Operations Management -- course outline (click here)
Production Planning and Inventory Management
Project Management

Research Interests

International production networks, manufacturing strategy, just-in-time and lean production, production planning and inventory control, facility layout, integer programming

Books

  • Miltenburg, J., Manufacturing Strategy, Second Edition, New York: Productivity Press, London: CRC Press Taylor and Francis, 2005 (436 pages).
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  • Miltenburg, J., Manufacturing Strategy, New York: Productivity Press, 1995 (372 pages).
  • Miltenburg, J., Estrategia de Fabricaction (Spanish), New York: Productivity Press, 1996 (313 pages).

Selected Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

a) Online teaching

  • Miltenburg, J., "Online teaching in a large, required, undergraduate Management Science course", Informs Transactions on Education, 17 pages, July 2018, published online in advance, https://doi.org/10.1287/ited.2018.0197 (click here)

b) Manufacturing Strategy

  • Miltenburg, J., "Supply Chains for Illicit Products: Case Study of the Global Opiate Production Networks", Cogent Business & Management, 5, 1, 2018, https://www.cogentoa.com/article/10.1080/23311975.2018.1423871 (click here)
  • Miltenburg, J., "Changing a Multidomestic Production Network to a Global Function Production Network: North America Heinz Ketchup from 1960 to 2015", International Journal of Production Economics, 168, 267-278, 2015. (click here)
  • Miltenburg, J., "Changes in Manufacturing Facility-, Network-, and Strategy-Types at the Michelin North America Company from 1950 to 2014", International Journal of Production Research, 53, 10, 3175-3191, 2015. (click here)
  • Miltenburg, J., "Manufacturing Strategy For an International Manufacturing Network", International Journal of Production Research, 47, 22, 6179-6203, 2009.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Manufacturing Strategy For a Focused Factory-Within-A-Factory", International Journal of Production Economics, 113, 307-323, 2008.

c) U-Shaped Production Lines

c1) Scheduling U-Shaped Production Lines

  • Miltenburg, J., "Scheduling Mixed-Model Assembly Lines for Just-In-Time Production Systems." Management Science, 35, 2, 192-207, 1989.
  • Miltenburg, J. and Sinnamon, G., "Scheduling Mixed-Model Multi-Level Just-In-Time Production Systems." International Journal of Production Research, 27, 9, 1487-1509, 1989.
  • Miltenburg, J., Steiner, G., and Yeomans, S., "A Dynamic Programming Algorithm for Scheduling Mixed-Model, Just-In-Time Production Systems." Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 13, 3, 57-66, 1990.
  • Miltenburg, J. and Goldstein, T., "Developing Production Schedules Which Balance Part Usage and Smooth Production Loads In Just-In-Time Production Systems." Naval Research Logistics, 38, 893-910, 1991.
  • Miltenburg, J. and Sinnamon, G., "Algorithms For Scheduling Multi-Level Just-In-Time Production Systems." IIE Transactions, 24, 2, 121-130, 1992.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Level Schedules for Mixed-Model JIT Production Lines: Characteristics of the Largest Instances that can be Solved Optimally." International Journal of Production Research, 45, 16, 3555-3577, 2007.

c2) Balancing U-Shaped Production Lines

  • Miltenburg, J., and J. Wijngaard, "The U-line Line Balancing Problem." Management Science, 40, 10, 1378-1388, 1994.
  • Miltenburg, J., "The U-Line Facility Problem", European Journal of Operations Research, 109, 1-23, 1998.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Balancing and Scheduling Mixed-Model U-lines", International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, 14, 2, 119-152, 2002.
  • Miltenburg, J., and F. Guerriero, "The Stochastic U-Line Balancing Problem", Naval Research Logistics, 50, 31-57, 2003.

c3) Other Research on U-Shaped Production Lines

  • Miltenburg, J., "The Effect of Breakdowns on U-Shaped Production Lines", International Journal of Production Research, 38, 2, 353-364, 2000.
  • Cheng, C.H., Miltenburg, J., and Motwani, J., "The Effect of Line Layout on Quality: A Comparative Analysis", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 47, 3, 321-334, 2000.
  • Miltenburg, J., "U-Shaped Production Lines: A Review of Theory and Practice", International Journal of Production Economics, 70, 201-214, 2001.
  • Miltenburg, J., "One-Piece Flow on U-Shaped Production Lines", IIE Transactions, 33, 303-321, 2001.

d) MRP, JIT, and TOC

  • Miltenburg, J., "Changing MRP's Costing Procedures to Suit JIT." Production and Inventory Management, 31, 2, 77-83, 1990.
  • Miltenburg, J. and Wijngaard, J., "Designing and Phasing In Just-In-Time Production Systems". International Journal of Production Research, 29, 1, 115-131, 1991.
  • Flapper, S.D., Miltenburg, J. and J. Wijngaard, "Embedding JIT into MRP". International Journal of Production Research, 29, 2, 329-341, 1991.
  • Miltenburg, J., "On the Equivalence of JIT and MRP as Systems For Reducing Wastes In Manufacturing." Naval Research Logistics, 40, 905-924, 1993.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Comparing and Embedding TOC and JIT into MRP", International Journal of Production Research, 35, 4, 1147-1169, 1997.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Computational Requirements of MRP and JIT Production Planning Problems", Production Planning and Control, 12, 2, 198-209, 2001.

e) Production Planning

  • Miltenburg, J., "A Production Planning Problem where Products have Alternative Routings and Bills of Material", International Journal of Production Research, 39, 8, 1755-1775, 2001.
  • Cheng, C.H., and Miltenburg, J., "A Lagrangian Relaxation Algorithm for a Production Planning Problem where Products have Alternative Routings", INFOR, 39, 4, 333-350, 2002.

f) Economic Evaluation of Production Systems

  • Miltenburg, J. and Krinsky, I., "Economic Evaluation of Flexible Manufacturing Systems." IIE Transactions, 222-233, June 1987.
  • Krinsky, I. and Miltenburg, J., "An Alternate Method for the Justification of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies." International Journal of Production Research, 29, 5, 997-1015, 1991.
  • Miltenburg, J., "A Theoretical Framework for Understanding Why JIT Reduces Cost and Cycle Time, and Improves Quality." International Journal of Production Economics, 30, 195-204, 1993.

g) Inventory Control of Families of Items

  • Miltenburg, J. "Co-ordinated Control of a Family of Discount-Related Items." INFOR, 97-116, 25, 2, 1987.
  • Carlson, M.L. and Miltenburg, J., "Using The Service Point Model To Control Large Groups of Items." Omega, 16, 5, 481-489, 1988.

h) Inventory Order Quantities

  • Carlson, M., Miltenburg, J., and Rousseau, J., "Economic Order Quantity and Quantity Discounts Under Date-terms Supplier Credit", Journal of the Operational Research Society, 47, 3, 384-394, 1996.
  • Miltenburg, J., and Pong, C., "Order Quantities for Style Goods with Two Order Opportunities and Bayesian Updating of Demand: Part 1 -- No Capacity Constraints", International Journal of Production Research, 45, 7, 1643-1663, 2007.
  • Miltenburg, J., and Pong, C., "Order Quantities for Style Goods with Two Order Opportunities and Bayesian Updating of Demand: Part 2 -- Capacity Constraints", International Journal of Production Research, 45, 8, 1707-1723, 2007.

i) Group Technology

  • Miltenburg, J. and Zhang, W., "An Evaluation of Nine Well-Known Algorithms for Solving the Cell Formation Problem in Group Technology." Journal of Operations Management, 10, 2, 44-72, 1991.
  • Miltenburg, J., and A.R. Montazemi, "Revisiting the Cell Formation Problem: Assigning Parts to Production Systems". International Journal of Production Research, 31, 11, 2727-2746, 1993.

j) Other Research

  • Miltenburg, J., "Variance of the Number of Units Produced on a Transfer Line with Buffer Inventories During a Period of Length T." Naval Research Logistics, 34, 811-822, 1987.
  • Miltenburg, J., Cheng, C.H., and Yan, H., "Analysis of Wafer Fabrication Facilities Using Four Variations of the Opening Queueing Network Decomposition Model", IIE Transactions, 34, 3, 263-272, 2002.
  • Miltenburg, J., "Optimally Balancing Large Assembly Lines: Updating Johnson's 1988 Fable Algorithm", INFOR, 44, 1, 23-48, 2006.

Monogram

  • Miltenburg, J., Management Accounting Guideline Number 19: Implementing Just-In-Time Production Systems, The Society of Management Accountants of Canada, 40 pages, 1993.

Cases and Book Chapters

  • Miltenburg, J., "The Westinghouse Mount Forest Plant Case Study", 32 pages, 1988.
  • Miltenburg, J., "The Long Manufacturing Cambridge Plant Case Study", 51 pages, 1988.
  • Wijngaard, J. and J. Miltenburg, "A Framework for Developing Production Control Systems". In Modern Production Concepts: Theory and Applications, edited by G. Fandel and G. Zapel, Springer-Verlag Press, Berlin, 1991.
  • Cheng C.H., Lee, W.H. and J. Miltenburg, "A Bi-Chromosome GA for Minimizing Total Intercell and Intracell Moves", in Group Technology / Cellular Manufacturing: A State-of-the-Art Synthesis of Research and Practice (edited by N.C. Suresh and J.M. Kay), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston, 205-219, 1998.

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