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Nelson M. Fraiman

Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Business
400 Uris Hall
  • Co-Director, W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro
  • Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers | Santiago

Professor Fraiman joined Columbia Business School in 1995. He is a professor of practice in the Decision, Risk and Operations division and is Director of the W. Edwards Deming Center for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness. He teaches the core Operations Management and the electives Retailing Strategy . Prior to Columbia Business School he spent seventeen years in industry and consulting. His last job in industry was with  Paper where he was the Chief Technology Officer for eight manufacturing divisions.

Professor Fraiman has worked extensively in Latin America. He worked with SONY in Mexico on supply chain management [1999]. He worked with IBM conducting a workshop on e-business in Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay in 2002. He taught Advanced Operations in Universidad Di Tella in Buenos Aires in 2005 and was a visiting professor of Operations Management at Universidad Externado in Bogotá [2000 – 2006]. In addition he participated in conferences in Monterrey [2002], Montevideo [2005, 2006, and 2008] and Santiago [2004 and 2008]. His current research centers on operations strategy and process improvement. He has written cases on Zara and Lolita and presently is working with Zara Home and Mango. He has also conducted executive education  in the U.S., Holland, Israel, Korea and Uruguay.

Professor Fraiman holds a B.S. in industrial engineering, an M.S. in industrial engineering and operations research, an M.B.A. in finance and a Ph.D. in industrial management, all from Columbia University and Technology Management International programs

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