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Honors Program

Barbara Withers, PhD

Professor of Management Science

Barbara E. Withers is professor of Operations and Project Management in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, San Diego, California. Professor Withers has been a university professor since 1989. In addition, she has over 15 years experience working in business and government. She served as regional economist for the Municipality of Anchorage (Alaska) and worked in a variety of construction management roles for ARCO Alaska Inc. at the Prudhoe Bay oil field in Alaska. Professor Withers research interests are in the areas of quality management and quality systems, especially international quality systems and standards.


Ph.D. University of Colorado, Management Science and Business Policy MBA University of Colorado, Management Science B.A. Florida Presbyterian College, Experimental Psychology

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. Withers' empirical studies have appeared in such journals as International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, Industrial Marketing Management, International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Business Logistics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Marketing, Production and Inventory Management Journal, Integrated Manufacturing Systems: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, and European Management Journal. In 1994 she and her co-author were awarded the national Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research. In addition, she has produced over 70 published conference proceedings, a book section, and several monographs. Another scholarly interest of Professor Withers is innovative education and experiential learning.