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Roger E. Bohn

Professor of Management;
Director of the Global Information Industry Center (GIIC)


(858) 381-2015
Fax: (858) 534-3939

UC San Diego, IR/PS
9500 Gilman Drive
San Diego, Ca 92093-0519

Office: #1411

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Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
    Sloan School of Management, 1982 (management)
B.A., Harvard College, 1976 (applied mathematics, summa cum laude)

Programs and Centers

Global Information Industry Center (GIIC)
How Much Information? research program (HMI)




Bohn can provide commentary on questions about high-tech and international manufacturing, the electronics industry, and the data storage industry. He is a consultant to industry in the areas of manufacturing ramp-up, process improvement, product development, and organizational management.

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Bohn is an expert on technology management. His most recent research analyzes the transition from art to science in manufacturing, as in the famous Italian company, Beretta. Over 200 years, Beretta went from individual production by craftsmen to automated, yet flexible, high-volume production lines. In the course of these changes, precision manufacturing underwent a series of epochal shifts in the nature of work, the role of knowledge, and the nature of managerial control. The research also presents a new model of technological knowledge, allowing it to be measured rigorously. The theory has also been applied to semiconductors and other industries. He has consulted for a variety of manufacturing firms on process control, yield optimization, and other issues. Other topics of consulting and research include learning by experimentation, yield improvement, and rapid development.

Current Projects

Bohn is the director of the Global Information Industry Center (GIIC), an independent academic research program studying global information issues faced by all segments of the information industry. Current research includes the societal implications of music sharing and intellectual property enforcement.

Previously, he collaborated on a detailed study of offshoring in the hard disk drive industry, which was an early adopter of the strategy of manufacturing in Asia while retaining management, ownership, and technology development primarily in the United States. Bohn teaches several courses on product development, on managerial decision making, and on the relationship between businesses and governments in the global economy.

Background Notes

Before coming to UCSD, Bohn taught at the Harvard Business School, as well as briefly at Oxford, MIT, and the Melbourne Business School. Bohn is a member of the IEEE, the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), and the American Economic Association. While a graduate student at MIT, Bohn helped invent the concept of real-time pricing of electricity, with prices that vary by time and location in response to events. By a twist of fate, 15 years later he served on a board that monitored the implementation of these ideas during California's deregulation of the power industry. A casual observer might conclude that he bears a small fraction of the moral responsibility for the ensuing debacle. Fortunately, his consulting activities in high tech have been more successful.

Professional Activities

Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS)
American Economic Association Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)

Referee for various journals, including Management Science; Harvard Business Review; IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; National Science Foundation, Operations Research; Oxford University Press, Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacturing; The Energy Journal. Editorial IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Board Technology and Operations Review

Associate Operations Research (Special Issue on Manufacturing) editor

Chair Next Generation Network Advisory Committee, UCSD

Research Interests

  • Technology and operations management. Engineering and other knowledge-based tasks in manufacturing, with an emphasis on managing organizational knowledge and accelerating the rate of technological learning. Areas studied include ramp-up in electronics manufacturing, quality and process improvement, alternatives to volume-based learning curves, and synergies between AI and human expertise. Book in progress: From Art to Science in Manufacturing.

  • Globalization of manufacturing. Managing production and product development in international manufacturing networks.

  • Electricity deregulation and pricing. Theory and practical implementation of spot pricing and the use of spot prices for demand response by industrial and commercial customers.

Publications of Note

Bohn has published articles in a variety of management and academic journals, including Harvard Business Review, IEEE Transactions, and Management Science. He also co-authored two books, From Filing and Fitting to Flexible Manufacturing and Spot Pricing of Electricity.