Operations Executive Education – Faculty

Prof Dr Joern Meissner from Lancaster University Management School and Prof Gad Allon from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago have jointly developed this program. Both are skilled educators and groundbreaking researchers at the leading executive education facilities in the UK and the US, respectively. They leverage their business expertise and field-based research to create new knowledge and enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is a teaching team that exposes participants to multiple perspectives, challenging their thinking on many levels.

Here are short biographical sketches of the instructors involved in the delivery of this program:


JOERN MEISSNER is a leading researcher on Operations and Pricing Strategy in the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), according to government ratings, the highest rated school in terms of research output in the UK, a distinction it shares with London Business School. He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Graduate Business Degree from the University of Hamburg in Germany. His work has appeared in such prestigious journals as Operations Research and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM).

A gifted teacher, he originated three highly popular MBA electives in Advanced Decision Models, Revenue Management and Supply Chain Management at LUMS. He has supervised many consulting projects with companies such as SAP, Pernod-Ricard and Promethean. He and his academic research team advise British Airways, British Telecom and a variety of other companies on various issues related to his Joern’s areas of expertise.


GAD ALLON is an associate professor of managerial economics and decision science at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor and a Master degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology. His research uses queuing theory and game theory to model problems in operations management in general and service operations in particular. He has published various papers in the field’s flagship journals Management Science and Operations Research.

He teaches the core operations management as well as an executive course on the "science of lean six-sigma operations" at the Kellogg school of management. Professor Gad Allon won the Chairs' Core Course Teaching Award for his teaching the core Operations Management class. Awarded by the Department and Program Chairs, the award recognizes teaching excellence in the Kellogg School's core classes.

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