MBA Degree Faculty Focus: Cheryl Druehl

The dedicated faculty at George Mason University School of Business work hard to prepare students for the real world. From current courses to leading edge research, School of Business faculty are actively involved in today’s business management issues and deeply engaged in the regional, national, and global business communities. They act as consultants to government, business, and nonprofit clients.

Our faculty’s academic expertise combined with real-world experience provide a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business management practice.

Profile ImageAssociate professor of information systems and operations management (ISOM), Cheryl Druehl, has been with Mason since 2008. Druehl teaches the core operations management class, and two electives, Supply Chain Management and Management of Technology and Innovation Processes in the MBA degree program. Druehl has a PhD in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Her research interests are in the areas of product development, supply chain management, and sustainable operations. She has published research in numerous journals including Productions and Operations Management Journal and the Journal of Operations Management.

We asked Professor Druehl a few questions about the MBA degree program at George Mason, and here is what she had to say:

What’s the best thing about teaching at Mason?
I love the engaged students – they ask why, how does this apply to my work, and share their experiences with the topic.

What’s your most memorable teaching moment in the MBA program?
I teach an elective called Management of Technology and Innovation Processes. The students read and present a book on innovation. There have been many memorable, terrific ones, but one stands out because the student presented a book in which he was quoted. It was based on a social innovation experience he had been part of – a two year executive working group with government and business leaders to make recommendations on city transformation. He shared how our class led to a deeper understanding of the innovation principles he had applied during his experience.

What is one goal you would like to see your students reach?
Continuous Improvement Mindset: Always think of how a process can be improved and then act on that idea.

If you could describe Mason’s MBA program in one word, what would it be?
Rewarding, both for faculty and students.


Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, the George Mason MBA Program, prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA degree graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

The Mason MBA program is ranked #53 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.

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