“Experience by itself teaches nothing; it must be coupled with theory, with profound knowledge.” — W. Edwards Deming
The Deming Center, located within Columbia Business School, was founded in 1990 during W. Edwards Deming’s last year at Columbia. The center promotes operational excellence in business through the development of research, best practices, and strategic planning.
The Deming Center sponsors applied research, disseminates best practices, supports focused education and professional development, and fosters partnerships with companies in the area of operational excellence.
The Deming Center pursues a three-pronged approach in its mission:
Train a new generation of managers by developing curriculum materials on operations management and strategy for use at Columbia and other schools
Reach senior executives through forums, executive education, and publications
Conduct applied research that will produce new knowledge related to the field of operations management
The Center supports applied research activities through doctoral research fellowships with the objective of producing new knowledge related to the field of operations management, and providing students with the opportunity to use company data to validate academic hypotheses, increasing their exposure to industry problems and enhancing the relevance of their research.