Prof. Dr. Torbjørn H. Netland is Assistant Professor and the Head of Chair of Production and Operations Management (POM) at ETH Zurich. Before taking position at ETH, he was an Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and a Senior Researcher at SINTEF Technology and Society in Trondheim, Norway. He has been a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for International Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fulbright Visiting Research Fellow at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.
Netland’s research expertise is in the fields of production management, lean production, and process innovation. He is especially interested in methods for productivity improvement in manufacturing industries and the related management of production improvement programs in multinational companies. His research is carried out in cooperation with leading companies and draws on empirical methods such as econometrics, case studies, action research and field experiments.
Under Netland’s leadership, the Chair of Production and Operations Management continues his tradtion of conducting innovative and relevant operations management research. The Chair focuses on use of new technologies (digitization, additive manufacturing, and robotics) in production, behavioral operations, and strategic issues such as production footprint strategy.
His research has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, MIT Sloan Management Review, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, and the International Journal of Production Research, among others.