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Druehl, Cheryl

Academic Unit:Information Systems and Operations Management
Position:Associate Professor, Operations Management
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 152
Office Hours:Tuesday 1:10 - 1:45 PM, Monday 11:00 - 12:00 PM & By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Innovation Contests
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • New Product Development
  • Supply Chain Coordination, Contracts and Competition
  • Sustainability
  • PhD - Business Administration, Stanford University
  • MBA, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.S. - Electrical Engineering, UCLA

Cheryl Druehl is an Associate Professor of Operations Management in George Mason’s School of Business. Druehl’s previous appointments include the R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park and Stonehill College. She has a PhD in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Druehl’s research interests are in the areas of product development, supply chain management and sustainable operations. Her recent work studies innovation contests and environmentally-focused product and process development efforts. Other work models the encroachment of a disruptive innovation on an existing product, diffusion of technology from an operations perspective, and outsourcing process and product innovation in the supply chain. She has published research in Productions and Operations Management JournalJournal of Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation ManagementDecision Sciences, and European Journal of Operational Research.

Druehl serves on the editorial review board of Productions and Operations Management Journal and Journal of Operations Management. She co-edited the special issue of Decision Sciences on Innovation Within and Across Borders. She is a member of the INFORMS and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). She previously served on the board of the POMS College of Product Innovation and Technology Management as the Treasurer and the Vice President - Honors and Awards  and served for five years on the board of INFORMS Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Section (TIMES).

Druehl worked extensively before obtaining her doctorate. As a management consultant at Price Waterhouse LLP, she focused on the design and implementation of warehouse management systems. Prior to that, she worked at MediaServ, a startup computer consulting firm. There, she programmed end-user applications and implemented computer networks and technologies. Druehl began her career as a manufacturing engineer at the Watkins Johnson Company.

Druehl teaches operations management, supply chain management, and management of technology and innovation processes at the MBA, EMBA, and undergraduate levels. She has also taught Executive Education classes on supply chain, operations and management of technology both in the U.S. and internationally.