Dr. Chris Harris is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management in the University of Indianapolis School of Business. His research and teaching interests focus on lean supply chain production systems. Dr. Harris has taught seminars on lean principles and assisted companies in implementing lean production systems throughout the world. Chris’ road to the academic world started at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky where he worked as a team member on the assembly line. His lean training continued when he became a production supervisor at a Tier 1 automotive supplier, followed by an account representative job at Toyota Tsusho, and a corporate buyer position for a different Tier 1 automotive supplier. This hands-on lean experience turned extremely valuable once he joined Harris Lean Systems where he worked for over 10 years with Rick Harris helping companies in North America and around the globe build sustainable lean operations. Dr. Harris is the author of numerous articles and several books on lean production, including Capitalizing on Lean Production Systems to Win New Business, Lean Supplier Development, Lean Connections—Making Information Flow Efficiently and Effectively, and Developing a Lean Workforce, all published by Productivity Press, and Making Materials Flow, published by the Lean Enterprise Institute, which won the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research in 2005. He holds an MBA and a DBA with a major in management from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana as well as a master’s of science degree in youth development leadership from Clemson University.
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