Rick Hardcopf

Assistant Professor

Department(s):
  • Management

Rick Hardcopf

Education

PhD, University of Minnesota
MBA, Wisconsin School of Business, 1989
BS, Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1984

Biography

Rick Hardcopf is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. Rick received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, MBA from the University of Wisconsin, and BS from Iowa State University. Before joining academia, Rick had an extensive industry and consulting career, working for firms such as 3M, Accenture, KPMG, Deloitte and the George Group. Most recently, Rick ran his own consulting practice focused on the implementation of Lean and Six Sigma. His clients have come from a broad spectrum of manufacturing and service industries.

Rick’s research interests include environmental management, sustainability, operations improvement, and operational excellence. His current research examines what constitutes environmental activity, why some firms are more environmentally proactive than others, how implementing environmental management practices impacts environmental performance, and what secondary impacts result from implementing environmental management practices. The objective of the research is to provide environmental stakeholders with information useful for developing new or revised methods to incent firms to be more environmentally responsible.

Rick has taught courses on Operations Management, Managerial Statistics, Project Management, Business Process Management, and Process Improvement through Lean and Six Sigma. His hobbies include international travel, coaching youth baseball and hockey, and running.

Research Interests

Environmental management, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, lean, Six Sigma, process improvement, and operational excellence.

Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Hardcopf, R.A, Liu, G., Shah, R., Lean Production and Operational Performance: The Influence of Organizational Culture. International Journal of Production Economics
  • Hardcopf, R.A, Shah, R., Dhanorkar, S., The impact of a spill or pollution accident on firm environmental activity. Production and Operations Management
  • Hardcopf, R.A, Shah, R., Mukherjee, U., (2019). Explaining Heterogeneity in Environmental Management Practice Adoption across Firms. Production and Operations Management, 28:11, 2898-2918.
  • Hardcopf, R., Gonalves, P., Linderman, K., Bendoly, E., (2017). Short-term bias and strategic misalignment in operational solutions: Perceptions, tendencies, and traps. European Journal of Operational Research, 258:3, 1004-1021.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Teaching

MGT 6100 - Managing Projects, Fall 2020
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2020
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2020
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Spring 2020
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Spring 2020
MGT 3600 - Project Management, Spring 2020
MGT 6100 - Managing Projects, Fall 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Spring 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Spring 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Spring 2019
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2018
MGT 3700 - Operations Management, Fall 2018