Donald Rosenfield

Senior Lecturer, Operations Management


Donald Rosenfield Donald Rosenfield is a Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, and recently stepped down after 26 years as Director of the Leaders for Global Operations Program (a dual degree Master’s program run by the School of Management and the School of Engineering in partnership with leading global corporations). He has served at M.I.T. since 1980 as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Visiting Associate Professor. He has also served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, the State University of New York, and Boston University. Dr. Rosenfield has helped make the Leaders for Global Operations Program a groundbreaking program in manufacturing and operations education. At MIT he has developed courses in Operations Strategy, Operations Management, and International Logistics. Prior to joining MIT, Dr. Rosenfield served on the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc. from 1976-1988, focusing in the areas of logistics and manufacturing strategy.

Dr. Rosenfield has worked principally in the areas of operations strategy and supply chain management. He has worked extensively with a variety of corporations in solving problems in these areas, and he has conducted a variety of research activities in these areas. He has directed numerous studies in such areas as facility location and supply chain strategy. He has also conducted a substantial number of management development seminars in the US and abroad.

Dr. Rosenfield has a S.B. in Mathematics, S.M. in Operations Research and an E.E. degree from M.I.T. and a Ph.D in Operations Research from Stanford University. He has written articles for a number of journals, including Harvard Business Review, Operations Research, Management Science, and Sloan Management Review. He is the co-author of Modern Logistics Management, published by John Wiley in 1985 and Operations Strategy: Competing in the 21st Century, published by Irwin McGraw Hill in 2007.

Faculty Media

  • Made in the U.S.: Manufacturing Moving Onshore

    True, the U.S. has seen a dramatic reduction in manufacturing jobs over the past decade, and many of those jobs are not coming back. Despite that, U.S. manufacturing is in good shape. Industrial...

  • Will Risk Result in Reward for Boeing's Dreamliner?

    The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been making headlines since it was introduced to the public in 2003. Unfortunately, recent headlines have not been good.

  • Increasing Manufacturing Jobs in the U.S. Requires Innovation and Variety

    In the last ten years, there has been a dramatic reduction in manufacturing jobs in the U.S. due to a combination of factors, such as the economic crisis and foreign competition. But manufacturing...


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