James R. Bradley
Assistant Professor of Operations Management and Manufacturing
PhD, Stanford University
Professor Bradley worked fifteen years in manufacturing with General Motors before
pursuing his doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management. His
research and teaching interests are also in manufacturing. Current research includes
an analysis of the interaction between capacity and inventory in manufacturing
systems, subcontracting policies, and how the practice of subcontracting affects
capacity and inventory investment policies. Professor Bradley joined the faculty
at Cornell’s Johnson School in 1996, where he teaches the “Semester in Manufacturing”
course. Professor Bradley has consulted with several Fortune 500 companies, predominantly
in the area of integrating capacity, inventory, and production planning decisions.
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- Integrated Manufacturing Systems
- Research into the interaction between components of
manufacturing systems. One approach toward research is to
focus on one component of manufacturing systems, say
inventory, and analyze the effect of inventory level on
manufacturing system performance while making simplifying
assumptions about the other components of the system (e.g.
capacity is infinite, or fixed). I try to include
multiple components into a systems analysis. For example,
my papers include the simultaneous analysis of capacity,
inventory, and subcontracting decisions when demand is
either stochastic or exhibits seasonal patterns.
- Product Variety - Mass
customization is a current trend, or at least buzzword.
Customers demand an increasing level of product variety,
while simultaneously demanding quicker delivery. Some of
my papers analyze either the effect of product variety on
supply-chain performance, or the fundamental effect of
product variety, and changeover time, when a resource is
shared between multiple products.
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Last revised: October 29, 2001.