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Edward Anderson is the Mr. & Mrs. William F. Wright, Jr. Centennial Professor for the Management of Innovative Technology at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.  He teaches healthcare operations management, project management, operations management, and launch planning for startups. His research interests include the economics of platform industries such as smartphones or electronic health records & wearables, systems improvement in the healthcare industry, and the management of distributed innovation, particularly in the engineering and healthcare contexts.

Dr. Anderson is the Director of the McCombs Health Initiative. He is also or has been: President of the Production and Operations Management Society, President of the System Dynamics Society, Department Editor of Industry Studies & Industry Policy at Production and Operations Management, ad-hoc Associate Editor for Information Systems Research, and ad-hoc managing editor at The System Dynamics Review.

Dr. Anderson is the co-author of two books: The Innovation Butterfly: Managing Emergent Opportunities and Disruptions Under Distributed Innovation, which describes leadership metrics, planning, and organization in the complex adaptive system that is innovation management, as well as Operations Management for Dummies. He has authored 20+ articles for research journals.   He employs  a mix of methodologies including computer simulation methodologies such as system dynamics and agent-based model computer simulation, optimal control and game theory, and qualitative studies. 

Dr. Anderson received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A.S. in Electrical Engineering and History from Stanford University. Prior to entering academia, he was a product design engineer at the Ford Motor company, from which he holds six U.S. and international patents.

Dr. Anderson has won the prestigious Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Award from the Production and Operations Management Society. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Administration, SAP, and Hewlett-Packard and has consulted with Ford, Shell, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Frito-Lay, and Atlantic-Richfield.