Barbara Flynn is the Richard M. and Myra Louise Buskirk Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Her research interests include global supply chain management, quality management, operations strategy, just-in-time manufacturing and group technology. Flynn is the director of the High Performance Manufacturing research group, which is a global research team that studies the relationship between manufacturing practices and performance in various organizational and national cultures. In addition to publishing three books and numerous book chapters, Flynn has published articles in the top supply chain management and operations management journals.
In 2016, Flynn was selected to serve as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. She is also an associate editor of International Journal of Operation and Production Management and Decision Sciences, and she serves on the editorial review board of International Journal of Applied Quality Management, Production and Operations Management and Benchmarking for Quality Management and Technology.
Flynn received her DBA from Indiana University in operations management, an MBA with an emphasis in operations management and managerial economics from Marquette University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ripon College. Her previous academic appointments include Wake Forest University, Iowa State University and Louisiana State University.
Industry Expertise (4)
Areas of Expertise (5)
World Class Manufacturing
Sisel Fellow of Operations Management (professional)
Babcock Graduate School of Management, Wake Forest University
Distinguished Scholar Award (professional)
Academy of Management, Operations Management Division
Decision Sciences Institute
Editor of the Year (professional)
Journal of Operations Management
Babcock Graduate School of Management (professional)
Summer Research Grant, through 2005
Indiana University: DBA 1984
Marquette University: MBA 1981
Ripon College: AB 1974
A cross-cultural examination of the relationships among human resource management practices and organisational commitment: an institutional collectivism perspective: Organisational commitmentHuman Resource Management Journal
2016 Previous research has shown that human resource management (HRM) practices vary across cultures. However, little research has empirically compared the effects of various HRM practices on firm-level or individual-level outcome variables across cultures. Drawing upon psychological contract theory and the literature on cultural values, the present study examined the effects of three organisational-level HRM practices on individual organisational commitment in a survey of 2424 individuals in 120 organisations located in four countries and three industries.
On Theory in Supply Chain Uncertainty and its Implications for Supply Chain IntegrationJournal of Supply Chain Management
2016 This paper develops a theoretical conceptualization of supply chain uncertainty, based on the foundation provided by contingency theory, classical organization theory and information processing theory. We develop a theoretical analogy between a supply chain and an organization, then highlight key differences, which leads us to hypothesize that there are three key types of supply chain uncertainty.
The effect of a toy industry product recall announcement on shareholder wealthInternational Journal of Production Research
2016 The widely publicised product recalls of lead-paint tainted toys in 2007 caused serious concerns among consumers, investors and the government. The widespread practice of global outsourcing in toy industry further intensifies consumers and investors’ uncertainties about toy safety. This paper assesses the stock market reaction to recent toy recall announcements. Based upon the theoretical underpinnings from agency theory, signalling theory and prospect theory, it also develops an understanding of factors that influence the direction and magnitude of the stock market reaction.
Leveraging fitness and lean bundles to build the cumulative performance sand cone modelInternational Journal of Production Economics
2014 This study examines the relationship between bundles of lean practices and cumulative performance, as described by the sand cone model.
Anticipation of new technologies: Supply chain antecedents and competitive performanceInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management
2014 The purpose of this paper is to propose and empirically validates a measure of the anticipation of new technologies (ANT) construct, first suggested by Hayes and Wheelwright (1984). ANT allows establishment of a sustained competitive advantage through acquiring new technologies and the capability to use them, in advance of actual need. The theoretical foundation for ANT is developed using the literature on absorptive capacity. Several elements of supply chain management are proposed as antecedents to ANT.