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Bob Plante

Bob Plante

Lewis B. Cullman Professor of Management

Education

Ph.D., Business Administration, University of Georgia
B.S., Physics, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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Professor Plante's research interests include the development of state-of-the-art statistical quality control and improvement models and procedures for contemporary manufacturing systems. His efforts have focused on the following classes of problems: (1) robust product/process design, (2) screening procedures for process control and improvement, (3) statistical/process/dynamic process control models, and (4) specialized process improvement problems.

He has more than 60 research publications in these areas, which have appeared in numerous journals, including Operations Research, Management Science, Decision Sciences, Journal of the American Statistical Association, International Journal of Production Research, The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Technometrics, Production and Operations Management, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Quality Technology, European Journal of Operational Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Journal of the Operational Research, Information Systems and Operational Research, and Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

Professor Plante has received teaching awards in graduate management education, including (1) the Salgo-Noren Award for outstanding teacher in graduate business administration, (2) the AlliedSignal Excellence in Teaching Award, (3) Excellence in Teaching in Executive MBA program, (4) Outstanding Professor in Executive Education, and (5) the best teacher/course award for an elective graduate course offering which he developed and taught in Total Quality Management (tools and methodology) for Krannert's Professional Master's Program. This course draws students from numerous disciplines throughout the Purdue University community.

Professor Plante has served as the Director of the Professional Master's Program (1990-1993), the Director of Purdue University's Doctoral and Research Programs in Management and Economics (1998-1999), Department Head of Management and Economics and Senior Associate Dean of the Krannert School of Management (1999-2006).

Professor Plante has consulted with numerous firms on specialized training and process improvement problems, developing quality improvement methodology and corresponding technical software systems. Some of the firms include: Thomson Consumer Electronics, STB (Simply The Best), Eli Lilly, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, US Air, TWA, Sifco, Chromizing, Avial, Pacific Air Motors, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Group, Turbine Components Corp., M&M Aircraft Services, and Turbine Metal Technology.

Forthcoming Publications

  • Plante, R., Alexander, A. & Li, Y (2016). Sustaining System Coordination in Outsourcing the Maintenance Function of a Process having a Linear Failure Rate. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering,

Journal Articles

  • Plante, R.D., Hu, C. & Tang, J. (2015). Equivalent Step-Stress Accelerated Life Tests with Log-Location-Scale Lifetime Distributions under Type-I Censoring. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 47 (3), 245-257.
  • Plante, R.D., Hu, C. & Tang, J. (2013). Statistical Equivalency and Optimality of Simple Step-Stress Accelerated Test Plans for the Exponential Distribution. Naval Research Logistics, vol. 60 (1), 19-30.
  • Plante, R.D., Wang, W. & Tang, J. (2013). Minimum Cost Allocation of Quality Improvement Targets Under Supplier Process Disruption. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 228 (2), 388-396.
  • Plante, R., Hu, C-H. & Tang, J. (2012). Step-Stress Accelerated-Life Tests - A Proportional Hazards Based Nonparametric Model. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 44 754-764.
  • Plante, R., Yeh, R. & Agrawal, D. (2011). Consumer Data Analysis and Its Managerial Application for the Grocery Industry. Journal of Promotion Management, vol. 17 (1), 96-113.
  • Plante, R., Tseng, F., Tang, K., & Moskowitz, H. (2009). Maintenance Outsourcing Contracts for New Technology Adoptions. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 56 (2), 203-218.
  • Plante, R., Kim, I., Moskowitz, H., Seo, H. & Tang, K. (2007). Learning with Continuous Depreciation of Knowledge. International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, vol. 13 (2), 77-94.
  • Plante, R., Tarakci, H., Tang, K., & Moskowitz, H. (2006). Incentive Maintenance Outsourcing Contracts for Channel Coordination and Improvement. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 38 (8), 619-632.
  • Plante, R., Tarakci, H., Tang, K., & Moskowitz, H. (2006). Maintenance Outsourcing of Multi-Stage Manufacturing Systems with Multiple Contractors. IIE Transactions on Design and Manufacturing, vol. 38 (1), 67-78.
  • Plante, R., Zantek, P., & Wright, G. (2006). A Self-Starting Procedure for Monitoring Process Quality in Multistage Manufacturing Systems. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 38 (4), 293-308.
  • Plante, R., Serel, D., Dada, M., & Moskowitz, H. (2003). Investing in Quality Under Autonomous and Induced Learning. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 35 (6),
  • Plante, R., & Koksalan, M. (2003). Interactive Multi-Criteria Optimization for Multiple Response Product and Process Design. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, vol. 5 (4), 334-347.
  • Plante, R. (2002). Combinatorial Optimization and the Art of Gas Turbine Maintenance. International Journal of Operations and Quantitative Management, vol. 7 (2), 75-93.
  • Plante, R., Wright, G., & Zantek, P. (2002). Process and Product Improvement in Manufacturing Systems with Correlated Stages. Management Science, vol. 48 (5), 591-606.
  • Plante, R. (2002). Multivariate Tolerance Design for a Quadratic Design Parameter Model. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 34 (6), 565-571.
  • Plante, R., Duffy J., & Moskowitz, H. (2001). Multivariate Tolerance Design Using Quality Loss. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 33 (6), 437-448.
  • Plante, R. (2001). Process Capability: A Criterion for Optimizing Multiple Response Product and Process Design. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 33 (6), 497-509.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Tang, J. (2001). Allocation of Quality Improvement Targets Based on Investments in Learning. Naval Research Logistics, vol. 48 (8), 684-709.
  • Plante, R., Johanns, P., & Lowe, T. (2001). Selection and Sequencing Heuristics to Reduce Variance in Gas Turbine Engine Nozzle Assemblies. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 132 (3),
  • Plante, R., Chun, Y., & Schneider, H. (2001). Buying and Selling an Asset Over the Finite Time Horizon: A Non-parametric Approach. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 136 (1), 106-120.
  • Plante, R., Liu, S., Moskowitz, H., & Preckel, P. (2001). Product and Process Yield Estimation with Gaussian Quadrature (GQ) Reduction: Improvements over the GQ Full Factorial Approach. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 140 (3), 655-669.
  • Plante, R. (2000). Allocation of Variance Reduction Targets under the Influence of Supplier Interaction. International Journal of Production Research, vol. 38 (12), 2815-2827.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Duffy, J. (1999). The Partial Information Case for Multivariate Tolerance Design Using Scrap or Rework Costs. International Journal of Production Research, vol. 37 (1), 139-154.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., Tang, J., & Duffy, J. (1999). Improving Quality via Matching: A Case Study Integrating Supplier and Manufacturer Quality Performance. Manufacturing and Services Operations Management, vol. 1 (1), 36-49.
  • Plante, R. (1999). Multicriteria Models for the Allocation of Design Parameter Targets. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 115 (1), 98-112.
  • Plante, R., Duffy, J., Moskowitz, H., & Preckel, P. (1998). Assessing Multivariate Process/Product Yield via Discrete Point Approximation. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 30 (6), 535-543.
  • Plante, R., Chun, Y., & Moskowitz, H. (1997). Single Threshold Selection Strategy in the Full Information Group Interview Problem. Information Systems and Operational Research Society, vol. 35 (3), 157-169.
  • Plante, R., & Moskowitz, H. (1997). Dynamic Graphical Assessment of Interaction Effects in Design of Experiments. Production and Operations Management, vol. 6 (4), 357-372.
  • Plante, R., Seppala, T., Moskowitz, H., & Tang, J. (1995). Statistical Process Control via the Subgroup Bootstrap. Journal of Quality Technology, vol. 27 (2), 139-153.
  • Plante, R., Wardell, D., & Moskowitz, H. (1995). Response to Comments on Wardell, Moskowitz and Plante (1994). Technometrics, vol. 37 (1), 243-245.
  • Plante, R., Chun, Y., & Moskowitz, H. (1995). Sequencing a Set of Alternatives under Time Constraints. Journal of The Operational Research Society, vol. 36 1133-1144.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Chun, Y. (1994). Effect of Process Failure Mechanisms on Economic X-bar Control Charts. IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability Engineering, vol. 26 (6), 12-21.
  • Plante, R., Chun, Y., & Moskowitz, H. (1994). Dynamic Programming Formulation of the Group Interview Problem with a General Utility Function. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 78 (1), 81-92.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Chun, Y. (1994). Effect of Quality Loss Functions on the Economic Design of X Process Control Charts. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 72 (2), 333-349.
  • Plante, R. (1994). Rejoinder. Technometrics, vol. 36 (1), 23-27.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Wardell, D. (1994). Run Length Distributions of Residual Control Charts for ARMA (p,1) Correlated Processes. Journal of Quality Technology, vol. 26 (4), 308-317.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Wardell, D. (1994). Use of Run Length Distributions of Control Charts to Detect False Alarms. Production and Operations Management, vol. 3 (3), 217-239.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Wardell, D. (1994). Run Length Distributions for Special-Cause Control Charts for Correlated Processes. Technometrics, vol. 36 (1), 17-Mar.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Tsai, H. (1993). A Multistage Screening Model for Evaluation and Control of Misclassification Error in the Detection of Hypertension. Management Science, vol. 39 (3), 307-321.
  • Plante, R., & Rogers, D. (1993). Estimating Equilibrium Probabilities for Band Diagonal Markov Chains Using Aggregation and Disaggregation Techniques. Computers & Operations Research, vol. 20 (8), 857-877.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Chun, Y. (1993). Optimal Selection Strategy for the Group Interview Problem. Decision Sciences, vol. 24 (2),
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Wardell, D. (1992). Control Charts in the Presence of Data Correlation. Management Science, vol. 38 (8), 12-Jan.
  • Plante, R., Rogers, D., Wong, R., & Evans, J. (1991). Aggregation Techniques and Methodology in Optimization. Operations Research, vol. 39 (4), 553-582.
  • Plante, R., Matsumurra, E., Tsui, K., & Kannan, P. (1991). Comparative Performance of Two Multinomial-based Methods for Obtaining Lower Bounds on the Total Overstatement Error in Accounting Populations. Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, vol. 9 (4), 423-429.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Tsai, H. (1991). Single-sided Economic Screening Models Incorporating Individual Unit Misclassification Error and Risk Preference. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 53 (2), 227-243.
  • Plante, R., Wong, R., & Lowe, T. (1988). Partitioning and Balancing for the Assembly of Nozzle Guide Vanes in Gas Turbine Engines. Naval Research Logistics, vol. 34 (1), 585-603.
  • Plante, R. (1988). The Nozzle Guide Vane Problem. Operations Research, vol. 36 (1), 18-33.
  • Plante, R., Balakrishnan, A., & Wong, R. (1988). The Nozzle Guide Vane Problem: Partitioning a Heterogeneous Inventory. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 35 (3), 328-338.
  • Plante, R., Crosby, M., & Tang, K. (1987). An Economic Modeling Approach for the Determination of Materiality in Auditing. Decision Sciences, vol. 18 (1), 108-115.
  • Plante, R., Tang, K., & Moskowitz, H. (1987). Stepwise Inspection in Bayesian Multiattribute Acceptance Sampling. Naval Research Logistics, vol. 34 469-485.
  • Plante, R., Lowe, T., & Chandrasekaran, R. (1987). The Product Matrix Travelling Salesman problem: An Application and Solution Heuristic. Operations Research, vol. 35 (5), 772-783.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., & Tang, K. (1986). Multistage Multiattribute Acceptance Sampling in Serial Production Systems. IIE Transactions, vol. 18 (2), 130-137.
  • Plante, R., Tang, K., & Moskowitz, H. (1986). Mutiattribute Bayesian Acceptance Sampling Under Nondestructive Inspection. Management Science, vol. 32 (6), 739-750.
  • Plante, R., Neter, J., & Leitch, R. (1985). Comparative Performance of Multinomial, Cell, and Stringer Bounds. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, vol. 5 (1), 40-56.
  • Plante, R., & Moskowitz, H. (1984). Effect of Risk Aversion on Single Sample Attribute Inspection Plans. Management Science, vol. 30 (10), 1226-1237.
  • Plante, R., Moskowitz, H., Tang, K., & Ravindran, R. (1984). Multiattribute Bayesian Acceptance Sampling for Screening and Scrapping Rejected Lots. IIE Transactions, vol. 16 (2), 185-192.
  • Plante, R., Neter, J., & Leitch, R. (1984). A Lower Multinomial Bound for the Total Overstatement Error in Accounting Populations. Management Science, vol. 30 (1), 37-50.
  • Plante, R., & Sinha, P. (1982). Algorithmic Improvements for Obtaining the Upper Multinomial Bound. TIMS Studies in The Management Sciences: Optimization in Statistics,
  • Plante, R., Leitch, R., Neter, J., & Sinha, P. (1982). Modified Multinomial Bounds for Larger Numbers of Errors in Audits. The Accounting Review, vol. 57 (2), 384-400.
  • Plante, R., Leitch, R., Neter, J., & Sinha, P. (1981). Implementation of Upper Multinomial Bound Using Clustering. Journal of The American Statistical Association, vol. 76 (375), 530-533.

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Phone: (765) 49-44355
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