Matthew Shawn Ball
What classes do you teach at Anderson?
Supply Chain Management and Procurement
Global Supply Chain Management Statistical Quality Management
Service Quality Management
Strategic Procurement Management
What year did you start teaching at AU?
Why teach at AU?
First and foremost, it is an honor and a privilege to serve at Anderson University. Our faculty are AMAZING! In the College of Business, we have many former executive and C-Suite Leaders with real world experience. We enjoy academic freedom, where our faith is a part of our focus serving and preparing our students for success in a secular world. Our students are curious, creative, and chose AU for the unique academic experience they receive here. While I am here to teach, I learn something new every day! I couldn't imagine teaching anywhere else.
My wife Mary Ann and I enjoy traveling. National Parks and the Beach are usually on the itinerary. I also enjoy golf, reading, writing poetry and spending time with family.
Notable achievements outside of discipline
My poetry has been published in both "Homespun literary magazine and a national publication "Solutions" magazine.
People might be interested to know I...
I speak and read a little German and I have been blessed to travel all around the world. I worked in Germany for 3 months on a project and have many friends and colleagues in Europe.
Places you've lived
Tennessee, South Carolina, and Stuttgart Germany.
What do you find most enjoyable about working at Anderson University?
AU is such a beautiful campus. Our Architecture is a mix of old and new with a wonderful blend of both. It's a joy to come here everyday to teach my students and collaborate with my colleagues.
What I wish prospectives students knew about my discipline or careers in my discipline.
Nearly 25% of new jobs in South Carolina are in Supply Chain, Logistics or related businesses. This is due to the Port of Charleston, and the many international businesses here. There is never a typical day in Supply Chain Management. It's all about relationships, problem solving, and applying logic, data, and reason to complex and messy business problems. If you like people, problem solving and making the world smaller, you will love a career in Supply Chain Management!
How would you describe your classes to someone who has never attended one?
I try to focus on critical thinking and bringing authentic, real-world problems and issues into the classroom. In upper division classes, I always incorporate case studies and analysis so our students get a perspective of business in the twenty-first century.
Coming to America: How Robert Bosch GmbH transfers manufacturing projects. Masters Thesis. University of Tennessee. 1990
The role of process in the successful application of Statistical Methods as improvement tools. Presented at University of Georgia. Improving statistics in Schools and Business 2002.
A conversation with Dr. J. on SPC, Philosophy and how we improve things. Northeast Tennessee Section of The America Society for Quality, 1999
False Friends in Reliability Management. Northeast Tennessee Section of The America Society for Quality, 2000.