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Rick Edgeman

Rick Edgeman

Shingo Institute Research Director and Professional Practice Professor

  • Management Department
  • Shingo Institute

Contact Information

Office Location: Lundstrom
DialPhone: 435.797.9963

Educational Background

Ph.D., Statistics/Management Science, University of Wyoming, 1983
M.S., Statistics, University of Northern Colorado, 1979
B.S., Psychology/Statistics, Colorado State University - Pueblo, 1977


Rick Edgeman is Shingo Institute Research Director & Clinical Professor of Management in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. The Shingo Institute is home of the Shingo Prize, a global excellence award widely considered to be the “Nobel Prize for Manufacturing”. He also holds positions as Visiting Professor of Quality Management in the Industrial Engineering & Management Division at Uppsala University (Sweden) and of Sustainability & Enterprise Performance in the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture at Aarhus University (Denmark). Rick’s expertise resides in Sustainable Enterprise Excellence, Six Sigma Innovation & Design, Quality Management, and Social-Ecological Innovation. Rick co-chaired the Performance Management Association Global Conference co-hosted by Cambridge University and Aarhus University in June 2014 & chaired the ‘Sustainable Enterprise Excellence, Innovation & Intellectual Capital’ track at the 5th European Conference on Intellectual Capital while also providing the keynote for the May 2015 IBIMA Conference on “Innovation Vision 2020: from Regional Development Sustainability to Global Economic Growth” in Amsterdam, Holland. An impromptu June 2014 video interview with the KPI Institute can be found at:

Prior posts spanned schools of business, engineering and science. These include Professor of Sustainability & Enterprise Performance in the Interdisciplinary Center for Organizational Architecture and Department of Business Development & Technology at Aarhus University (Denmark) – one of about 60 AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA triple crown accredited universities worldwide. Both Aarhus University and Uppsala University are ranked among the world’s 100 leading universities. Other prior experience include QUEST Professor & QUEST Honors Program Executive Director in the Robert H. Smith School of Business and A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland; Professor of Computer Information Systems & Director of the Center for Quality & Productivity Improvement (CQPI) at Colorado State University; and Statistical Science Department Professor & Chair and Adjunct Professor of Business & Economics at the University of Idaho.

A Six Sigma Black Belt, he has been Visiting Professor in the Quality & Environmental Management Division at Luleå University (Sweden), EMBA Visiting Professor at Università della Svizzera Italiana (University of Italian Switzerland) and Invited Professor at the Versailles Business School – University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines (France). Keynotes & invited lectures include deliveries at Oxford University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, and on behalf of the National Science Foundation. In 1992 he was appointed Special Congressional Fulbright Senior Scholar at Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovak Republic) under the Securing Eastern European Democracy (SEED) Program, although delayed notification prevented appointment acceptance. Globally, he is one of only six academics selected for inclusion among 21 Voices of Quality for the 21st Century (American Society for Quality: 2000).

A serial academic innovator, Rick has created a graduate Six Sigma Innovation & Design certificate program, led MS Statistical Science curriculum innovation enabling full online degree provision, and contributed to creating the VIEW Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Idaho. He introduced significant innovation in the QUEST Honors Fellows Program at the University of Maryland that enabled 80% growth, and introduced M.S. and PhD programs in Quality & Reliability Management at the University of North Texas. Rick was Founding Executive Director of the Multinational Alliance for the Advancement of Organizational Excellence (1998-2002) and served from 2002-2012 on the Academic Advisory Council of Hamdan Bin Mohamed Smart University in Dubai (UAE). Honors include Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World in Quality, Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives & Professionals and Honors Edition, Marquis Who’s Who Among American Teachers, and Marquis Who’s Who Among Scientists & Engineers.

Rick’s research spans sustainability, enterprise excellence, quality management, social-ecological innovation & entrepreneurship, six sigma innovation & design, and statistics for quality & reliability engineering – appearing in such journals as Business Strategy & the Environment, Corporate Governance, Communications of the ACM, Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, Quality Progress, International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, The TQM Journal, Journal of Management Systems, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, and The American Statistician. He was Co-editor of Measuring Business Excellence and is Associate Editor of Total Quality Management & Business Excellence. He serves or has served on the Editorial Review Boards of The Six Sigma Forum, Quality Engineering, International Journal of Product Development, International Journal of Manufacturing Technology & Management, International Journal of Business Performance Management, International Journal of Society Systems Science, International Journal of Six Sigma & Competitive Advantage, and the Business & Entrepreneurship Journal. He serves on the Advisory Board for the advisory board of the Sustainability, Ethics and Entrepreneurship Conference.

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Scheduled Teaching

MGT 4790 - Managing Global Value Chains, Spring 2017

MGT 6758 - Quality Systems in a Lean Environment, Spring 2017

MGT 6758 - Quality Systems in a Lean Environment, Summer 2016

MGT 4790 - Managing Global Value Chains, Spring 2016

MGT 6640 - Selected Topics in Management and Human Resources, Spring 2016