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Kenneth H Doerr

Associate Professor
Operations and Logistics
Graduate School of Defense Management

Phone: (831) 656-3625


B.S. (Quantitative Business Analysis) Indiana University Bloomington, 1984; Ph.D. (Management Science) University of Washington Seattle, 1994. Appointed to the faculty at the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001. Other academic posts include faculty appointments with the University of Miami in Coral Gables and Santa Clara University, research fellowships at the University of Waterloo and the University of Cincinnati, and a sabbatical year with the Industrial Engineering faculty at Tel Aviv University. His research has focused on logistics risk, the cost-benefit analysis of technology investments, and behavioral operations management. His papers have appeared in several leading journals, including Management Science, The Academy of Management Review, IIE Transactions and The Journal of Applied Psychology. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Doerr was employed for several years as a Systems and Management Science professional with Shell Oil, Monsanto (now part of Bayer), and Peoplesoft (now part of Oracle).
  • PhD - University of Washington-Seattle 1994
    Major: Operations Management / Management Science
    Dissertation Title: Topics in the Design of Stochastic Flow Lines
  • BS - Indiana University-Bloomington 1984
    Major: Quantitive Business Analysis
NPS Experience
  • 2001 - current: Associate Professor
Other Experience
  • 2007 - 2008 Visiting Scholar, Tel Aviv University
  • 1997 - 2001 Assistant Professor, University of Miami
  • 1996 - 1997 Senior Optimization Engineer, Peoplesoft
  • 1996 - 1996 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Santa Clara University
  • 1995 - 1996 Assistant Professor, Chapman University
  • 1995 - 1995 Research Associate, University of Cincinnati
  • 1994 - 1994 Research Associate, University of Waterloo
  • 1989 - 1993 Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Washington
  • 1984 - 1989 Systems Analyst, Shell Oil
  • 1982 - 1983 Management Science Analyst, Monsanto Company, (Co-Op)
Research Interests
Cost Benefit Analysis of Technology
Logistics Risk Assessment
Work Design
Teaching Interests
Operations Management
Logistics Risk Assessment
Management Science
Collaborative Problem Solving

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • 2015 Editorial Board, Computers & Industrial Engineering

Scholarly Work

  • Conference Proceedings
  • Doerr, K. H., & Nembhard, D, (2018). Some (Further) Consequences of Deadline Rush.
  • Kang, K., Doerr, K. H., & Sanchez, S. M, (2006). A design of experiments approach to readiness risk analysis.
  • Kang, K., Doerr, K. H., Bryan, K. A., & Ameyugo, G, (2002). Logistics 1: an analysis of STOM (Ship To Objective Maneuver) in sea based logistics.
  • Journal Articles
  • Freed, T., Carson, V. C., & Doerr, K. H, (2020). Optimizing a RFID-UAV cattle search tour. International Journal of RF Technologies, (11), 127-141.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Ferrer, G, (2019). Fuel Sharing in Expeditionary Operations. Computers & Industrial Engineering, (127), 286-296.
  • Kang, K., & Doerr, K. H, (2015). A Classroom Exercise to Examine the Trade-off between Mission Capacity and Life Cycle Cost. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 1(13), 3-20.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Kang, K, (2014). Bi-criteria risk analysis of domain-specific and cross-domain changes in complex systems. Computers & Industrial Engineering, (73), 51–60.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Gue, K. R, (2013). A Performance Metric and Goal-Setting Procedure for Deadline-Oriented Processes. Production and Operations Management.
  • Apte, U. M., Kang, K., Doerr, K. H., & Boudreau, M. W, (2010). A Decision Support Model for Valuing Proposed Improvements in Component Reliability. Military Operations Research, 4(15), 1-14.
  • Kang, K., Doerr, K. H., Apte, U. M., & Boudreau, M. W, (2010). Decision Support Models for Valuing Improvements in Component Reliability and Maintenance. Military Operations Research, 4(15), 55–68.
  • Doerr, K. H., Eaton, D. R., & Lewis, I. A, (2009). Integrate Providers for Best Logistic Support. US Naval Institute Proceedings, 8(135), 79–81.
  • Freed, T., Doerr, K. H., & Chang, T, (2007). In-house development of scheduling decision support systems: case study for scheduling semiconductor device test operations. International Journal of Production Research, 21(45), 5075–5093.
  • Doerr, K. H., Gates, W. R., & Mutty, J. E, (2006). A hybrid approach to the valuation of RFID/MEMS technology applied to ordnance inventory. International Journal of Production Economics, 2(103), 726–741.
  • Doerr, K. H., Eaton, D. R., & Lewis, I. A, (2005). Measurement Issues in Performance Based Logistics. Journal of Public Procurement, 2(5), 164–186.
  • Stebbins, M. W., Freed, T., Shani, A., & Doerr, K. H, (2005). The Limits of Reflexive Design in a Secrecy-Based Organization. Productive Reflection at Work: Learning for Changing Organizations, edited by David Boud, Peter Cressey, and Peter Docherty, 80.
  • Mitchell, T. R., Schriesheim, C. A., Freed, T., Zhou, X. T., & Doerr, K. H, (2004). Work flow policy and within-worker and between-workers variability in performance.5(89), 911-921.
  • Freed, T., Leachman, R. C., & Doerr, K. H, (2002). A Taxonomy of Scheduling Problems in Semiconductor Device Test Operations. International Journal of Production Research, 21(45), 726-741.
  • Doerr, K. H., Mitchell, T. R., Schriesheim, C. A., Freed, T., & Zhou, X. T, (2002). Note: Heterogeneity and Variability in the Context of Flow Lines. Academy of Management Review, 4(27), 594–607.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Arreola-Risa, A, (2000). A worker-based approach for modeling variability in task completion times. Iie Transactions, 7(32), 625–636.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Magazine, M. J, (2000). Design, Coordination and Control of Hybrid Factories: Research. Issues from an Exploratory Field Study. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 1(20), 85–102.
  • Doerr, K. H., Klastorin, T. D., & Magazine, M. J, (2000). Synchronous unpaced flow lines with worker differences and overtime cost. Management Science, 3(46), 421–435.
  • Scandura, T. A., Doerr, K. H., & Tejeda, M. J, (2000). Employee Attitudes Toward Organizational Change: The Implementation of Total Quality Management. Advances in the Management of Organizational Quality, (5), 71-94.
  • Doerr, K. H., & Mitchell, T. R, (1998). The Consequences of Role-conferred Bias and Base-rate Neglect. Decision Sciences, 2(29), 461–475.
  • Doerr, K. H., Mitchell, T. R., Klastorin, T. D., & Brown, K. A, (1996). Impact of material flow policies and goals on job outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(81), 142.
  • Ph.D. Thesis
  • Doerr, K. H, (1994). Topics in the design of stochastic flow lines.
  • Technical Reports
  • Kang, K., & Doerr, K. H, (2012). Risk Assessment of Readiness and Life Cycle Cost for Weapon Systems.
  • Malina, M. A., Doerr, K. H., & Gates, W. R, (2005). Promotion Expenditure, Categories, Time Lag Structure, and the Demand for Almonds.
  • Written Cases with Instructional Material
  • Doerr, K. H., & Kang, K, (2016). Case Study: Mission Capacity Achieved (Readiness) & Life Cycle Cost Analyses for Fighter Aircraft F-XX Fleet.
  • Oral Presentations
  • Seagren, C. W.,& Doerr, K. H., Military Operations Research Society, "A Variable Flow Model for USMC Manpower Analysis," US Air Force Academy, CO, United States. (June 19, 2019).
  • Doerr, K. H. (Author & Presenter), European Operations Research Conference, "Individual differences in work rate variability: review and propositions," EURO, Poland. (July 1, 2017).
  • Freed, T. (Author & Presenter), & Doerr, K. H. (Author), POMS Israel, "Optimization of RFID system coverage in a manufacturing environment," POMS, Israel. (June 27, 2017).
  • De Vries, J. (Author & Presenter), & Doerr, K. H. (Author), 28th National POMS Conference, "Behavior and Inventory Record Accuracy," POMS, WA, United States. (May 8, 2017).
  • Doerr, K. H. (Author & Presenter), Eger, R. J. (Author), Chonko, A. (Author), Heileger, P. (Author), & Rudge, T. (Author), INFORMS, "Allocating Inflexible Labor Costs in Dynamic Markets," INFORMS, CA, United States. (November 1, 2014).
  • Doerr, K. H. (Author & Presenter), & David, N. (Author), INFORMS, "Some Effects of Deadline Proximity on Work Performance," INFORMS, CA, United States. (November 1, 2014).
  • Doerr, K. H.,& Nembhard, D. A., 25th National POMS Conference, "Some Consequences of Deadline Rush," POMS, GA, United States. (January 1, 2014).
  • Doerr, K. H.,& Nembhard, D. A., 20th IFORS Conference, "The impact of deadline rush on tardiness across three material flow policies," IFORS, Spain. (January 1, 2014).
  • Doerr, K. H.,& Kang, K., MORS National Conference, "How Organizational Silos Impact the Cost Risk and Readiness Risk of Logistics Process Improvements in the Management of Complex Weapon Systems," MORS, DC. (January 1, 2014).
  • Papers
  • Doerr, K. H.,& Nembhard, D. A., 48th Annual Conference on Computers & Industrial Engineering, "Some (Further) Consequences of Deadline Rush," Computers & Industrial Engineering, New Zealand. (January 1, 2018).