Larry Mallak

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Larry Mallak
(269) 276-3369
E-228 Floyd Hall, Mail Stop 5336
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Engineering Design, Manufacturing and Management Systems
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1993.
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1986.
  • B.S., Industrial Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
Teaching interests: 
  • Culture Analysis and change in engineering, technical and healthcare organizations.
  • Empathic design in R and D.
  • Organizational management systems .
  • Individual and organizational resilience.

Research projects

  • Development of a Web-based Cost-Benefit Tool to Support Evidence-Based Design in California Safety Net Clinics.
  • Empathic Design training for R and D engineers and marketing staff in the medical device market.
  • Diagnosing culture to guide strategic change in healthcare and manufacturing organizations.
  • Developing, testing, and applying an instrument to measure individual and organizational resilience - the ability to perform positive adaptive behaviors in the face of uncertain environments.


  • Listed in Harvard Business School Press' International Directory of Business and Management Scholars and Research.
  • Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Western Michigan University Research Development Award.
  • Fellow, American Society for Engineering Management.

Professional memberships

  • Associate editor, Engineering Management Journal.
  • Associate editor, Managing Service Quality.
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers, senior member (IIE).
  • IIE Society for Engineering and Management Systems.
  • American Society for Engineering Management.
  • Academy of Management.