Roger D. H. Warburton

Roger D. H. WarburtonAssociate Professor of Administrative Sciences

PhD, MS, University of Pennsylvania
BSc, Sussex University
PMP (Project Management Professional), Project Management Institute

Dr. Warburton’s research focuses on the practical challenge of inventory control. He publishes and lectures internationally about domestic manufacturing, challenging the obsession with manufacturing everything offshore. He teaches courses in supply chain management and project management, both in the classroom and online. Previously, Warburton was the MIS director for Griffin Manufacturing, helping transform an apparel manufacturer from a simple cut-and-sew facility into a twenty-first century operation with a global supply chain and domestic manufacturing supported by international outsourcing. Before that, he was vice president of the Software Technology Division of Jaycor, directing the technical analysis of very large information systems.

Research Interests

Dr. Warburton’s research focuses on the practical challenge of inventory control. Too much stuff and the accountants don’t like it. Not enough, and the customers complain. Dr. Warburton recently developed new solutions to the Supply Chain equations, opening up a whole new area of research on better ordering policies for controlling inventory.

Dr. Warburton also studies the competitiveness of domestic (i.e., U.S.) manufacturing, questioning the obsession with manufacturing everything offshore. For an overview of the how the process works, see:

Warburton, R. D. H., and R. Stratton. “Questioning the relentless shift to offshore manufacturing.” Supply Chain Management 7, no. 2 (2002): 101-108.

Dr. Warburton has also proposed a new way of accurately measuring the status of projects through a new approach to Earned Value.

He publishes and lectures internationally about project management, supply chains, and the competitiveness of high wage manufacturing companies. He teaches courses in supply chain management and project management, both in the classroom and online.

Courses

These are courses currently and previous taught by Dr. Warburton:

  • MET AD 642 – Project Management (Online and in the classroom) – Graduate
  • MET AD 682 – Global Services and Supply Chain Strategy – Graduate
  • MET MG 415 – Project Management – Undergraduate

Scholarly Works

Honors/Recognition:

Innovative Scholar Grant for Distance Learning, 2010, for “The Creation of a Multi-Dimensional Online Case Study.” Presented by the Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board for Distance Education (FABDE) and the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (CEIT).

Books, Chapters, and Journal Articles:

Kanabar, V., and Warburton, R. D. H. The Art and Science of Project Management (Newport: RW Press, 2013).

“Science is Relentlessly Public.” Imagination and the Public Sphere, edited by Cumings, S. (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

Warburton, R. D. H., and S. M. Disney. “On the Lambert W Function: Economic Order Quantity Applications and Pedagogical Considerations.” International Journal of Production Economics 140, no. 2 (2012): 756–764.

“A Time-dependent Earned Value Model for Software Projects.” International Journal of Project Management vol. 29 (2011): 1082–90.

“The Time Dependence of CPI and SPI for Software Projects.” In Proceedings of the PMI Research and Education Conference, Project Management Institute (Washington, D.C., July 2010).

Disney, S. M., and R D. H. Warburton. “On the Lambert W function: EOQ Applications and Pedagogical Considerations.” 16th International Working Seminar on Production Economics (Innsbruck, Austria, March 1–5, 2010).

Warburton, R. D. H., Burgdorfer, J., and Wang, J. “Analytic Approximations of Projectile Motion with Quadratic Air Resistance.” Journal of Service Science & Management 3 (2010): 98–105.

Hodgson, J. P. E., and R. D. H. Warburton. “Inventory resonances in multi-echelon supply chains.” International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications 12, no. 4 (2009): 299-311.

“EOQ Extensions exploiting the Lambert W function.” European Journal of Industrial Engineering 3, no. 1 (2009): 45-69.

Kanabar, Vijay, and R. D. H. Warburton. MBA Fundamentals Project Management (New York, N.Y.: Kaplan Publishing, 2008).

Hodgson, J. P. E., and R. D. H. Warburton. “A note on approximating solutions to the linear differential delay equation.” International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics 44, no. 2 (2008): 211-218.

Warburton, R. D. H., and S. M. Disney. “Order and inventory variance amplifications: The equivalence of continuous and discrete time analyses.” International Journal of Production Economics 110 (2007): 128-137.

“An optimal, potentially automatable ordering policy.” International Journal of Production Economics 107 (2007): 483-495.

Warburton, R. D. H., and M. Ben Jazia. “An optimal replenishment policy for an inventory with decaying items and a ramp in demand.” Journal of Information and Optimization Sciences 28, no. 1 (2007): 67-80.

Stratton, R., and R. D. H. Warburton. “Managing the trade-off implications of global supply.” International Journal of Production Economics 103, no. 2 (2006): 667-669.

Disney, S. M., D. R. Towill, and R. D. H. Warburton. “On the equivalence of control theoretic, differential, and difference equation approaches to modeling supply chains.” International Journal of Production Research 101 (2006): 194-208.

Warburton, R. D. H., and R. Stratton. “The optimal quantity of quick response manufacturing for an onshore and offshore sourcing model.” International Journal of Logistics 8, no. 2 (2005): 1-17.

“An exact analytical solution to the production inventory control problem.” International Journal of Production Economics 92, no. 1 (2004): 81-96.

Warburton, R. D. H., S. M. Disney, D. R. Towill, and J. P. E. Hodgson. “Further insights into the stability of supply chains.” International Journal of Production Research 42 (2004): 639-648.

“An analytical investigation of the Bullwhip Effect.” Productions and Operations Management 13, no. 2 (2004): 150-160.

Warburton, R. D. H., and J. Wang. “Analysis of asymptotic projectile motion with air resistance using the Lambert W function.” American Journal of Physics 72, no. 11 (2004): 1404-7.

Stratton, R., and R. D. H. Warburton. “The strategic integration of agile and lean supply.” International Journal of Production Economics 85, no. 2 (2003) 183-198.

Warburton, R. D. H., and R. Stratton. “Questioning the relentless shift to offshore manufacturing.” Supply Chain Management 7, no. 2 (2002): 101-108.

Conference Presentations:

Warburton, R. D. H., R. Kahn, and B. Kahn. “Three Perspectives on Meeting the Needs of New Student Populations.” Presentation at the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium, Xavier and Dillard Universities, New Orleans, La., November 17-18, 2012.

Warburton, R. D. H., S. Leybourne, and V. Kanabar. “The Third Decade of Online Education: What have we learned.” Paper presented at the 2011 Our Digital Renaissance Conference, Florence, Italy, November 10–12, 2011.

Warburton, R. D. H., and V. Kanabar. “Leveraging the New Practice Standard for Project Estimating.” Paper selected for presentation at the PMI Global Congress 2011–North America, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tex., October 22-25, 2011.

“Net Present Value Analysis of the Economic Production Quantity.” The Operations Research Society OR53 Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK, September 2011. Co-presented with Disney, S., and Zhong, Q.

“Italian Science vs Authority: The Truth Will Out.” Farmingdale State College, Farmingdale, N.Y., October 2010.

“An Analysis of GVA Data for the Advanced Skills for Advanced Materials Programme.” NW Texnet, Bolton, UK, June 22, 2010.

Warburton, R. D. H., and V. Kanabar. “The Practical Calculation of Schedule Variance in Terms of Schedule.” Project Management Institute Global Congress, Denver, Colo., October 2008.

“A macro earned value model.” Project Management Research Conference, Warsaw, Poland, July 2008.

Hodgson, J. P. E., and R. D. H. Warburton. “Inventory Resonances in Multi-Echelon Supply Chains.” 19th International Conference on Production Research, Valparaiso, Chile, July 2007.

Warburton, R. D. H., and S. Disney. “A cyclic demand produces and infinite Bullwhip Effect.” Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 2006.

Disney, S., and R. D. H. Warburton. “Cyclic demand problems in the frequency domain.” Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 2006.

Disney, S. M., F. Chen, W. van de Velde, G. Gaalman, M. Lambrecht, D. R. Towill, and R. D. H. Warburton. “The economics of the Bullwhip Effect.” Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) International Conference, Hong Kong, June 2006.

Warburton, R. D. H., and S. M. Disney. “An exact solution to the variance amplification problem for pure time delay systems.” 18th International Conference on Production Research, Salerno, Italy, August 2005.

Warburton, R. D. H., S. M. Disney, and D. R. Towill. “The equivalence of the control theoretic, differential, and difference equation approaches to the production inventory control problem.” 17th International Conference on Production Research, Blacksburg, Va., August 2004.

Warburton, R. D. H., G. Makin, and R. Stratton. “The application of the Newsvendor Algorithm to compute the optimal quantity of quick response manufacturing for an on- and off-shore model.” Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Logistics and Networked Organizations, Seville, Spain, July 2003.

Stratton, R., R. D. H. Warburton, and G. Makin. “Managing demand uncertainty via product and process innovation.” Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Logistics and Networked Organizations, Seville, Spain, July 2003.

Warburton, R. D. H., and R. Stratton. “Systematic Innovation and the strategic Integration of Agile and Lean Supply, Theory and Practice.” 16th International Conference on Production Research, Prague, Czech Republic, August 2001.

Warburton, R. D. H. “How much domestic, quick response manufacturing can a business afford?” Proceedings SPIE, Intelligent Systems in Design and Manufacturing III 4192 (2000): 107.

Recent Talks and Presentations:

“What Constitutes a ‘Quality’ Graduate Project Management Curriculum?” Panel Discussion, IRNOP2011 Research Conference, Montréal, Canada, June 19–22, 2011. Co-presented with Bredillet, C., Cassivi, L., Kanabar, V., Maylor, H., and Söderlund, J.

“A Multi-Dimensional Online Case Study.” BU Provost’s Faculty Advisory Board on Distance Education, Boston University, Boston, Mass., April 2011.

“Analytical EOQ Extensions.” Invited presentation sponsored by the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark, June 4, 2009.

“Groups, projects, and simulations online.” Online learning at Boston University Conference, May 13, 2009.

“Solving the Supply Chain Equations: Surprising and Useful.” Invited presentation sponsored by the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark, March 9, 2007.

“When is Domestic (U.S.) Manufacturing Competitive?” Invited presentation sponsored by the Aarhus School of Business, University of Aarhus, Denmark, March 8, 2007.

“From “C” to Sea: From Information Systems to Global Supply Chains.” Pace University, New York, N.Y., May 9, 2005.

“Mathematical tools in Information Systems: The engine of progress.” St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa., April 15, 2005.

“The Physics of the movie ‘Magnetism.’” Southern New England Physics Alliance, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mass., December 1, 2004.

“When is domestic manufacturing competitive?” Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK, November 11, 2004.

“Balanced Sourcing: Flirting with the enemy or a strategy for survival?” Skillfast, UK, Bolton, UK. November 10, 2004.

“Exact solutions to the Supply Chains Equations: The state of the art.” “Boston Scientific Data Analysis,” Boston Scientific, Natick, Mass., May 6, 2004.

“When is Domestic Manufacturing Competitive?” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., April 1, 2004.

“An analytical investigation of the Bullwhip Effect.” National Textile Center Forum, Hilton Head, S.C., February 16, 2004.

“Projectiles with Air Resistance—Dave’s Conjecture.” Southern New England Physics Alliance, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mass., January 29, 2004.