Michael Hasler is a lecturer at the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Information, Risk, and Operations Management department. He is also the Associate Academic Director for the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence at McCombs. The bulk of his professional experience was in the auto industry in Supply Chain and Operations, and he moved to high technology in the semiconductor equipment industry with Applied Materials in Austin, Texas in 1996. While at Applied he helped launch their Supply Chain Management activity, led operations for a $1 billion division, and was the Head of Global Materials Operations before leaving in 2003. As one of the operations executives at Applied, he was chosen to help create and lead Applied Materials’ Leadership Development program, and it was this experience that led to his PhD in Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University in 2009.
Over the past 3 years, Hasler has taught BBA and MBA courses in Operations and Procurement as well as practicum, project-based courses at both levels. Recently, one of the courses he developed in cooperation with Target Corporation and the UT Center for International Business Education and Research has received wide recognition for classroom innovation. Additionally, he has coordinated the development of the McCombs Executive Education certificate program in Supply Chain Management that began in the spring of 2011.
A native of the Midwestern US, Michael (Mike) Hasler grew up in Indiana and Michigan, and has lived throughout the Great Lakes region. With his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), Mike spent over twenty years in the auto industry working for a few different companies including General Motors and Nissan; as well as owning a company that supported the auto, defense, and engineering industries. During this time, he attended the University of Virginia as a GM Fellow, where he obtained a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering. Mike and his wife, Nancy, are the parents of two adult children—Adam and Whitney—and live in Dripping Springs, Texas.
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Troubling financial predictions, surprising angel investing statistics, and advice on how not to become the next Lance Armstrong were among the topics presented at the McCombs Alumni Business Conference on Feb. 8.
Allegations of abuse at one of Apple’s Chinese manufacturers are damaging the company’s reputation, prompting a call for increased monitoring of the supply chain. Many multinational companies have been down this road before: They want to do the right thing while also remaining profitable, yet reports of abuse continue to surface. What’s the answer? Some experts believe tighter regulation may provide some safeguards, while others think the market asserts sufficient pressure on companies to more closely monitor their upstream operations. But in today’s era of global business and increasingly complex manufacturing, problems still find their way into supply chains.