Kaitlin Wowak

Mendoza College of Business

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574-631-6685
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katie.wowak@nd.edu
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Associate Professor

  • Product recalls
  • Supply chain risks and disruptions
  • Supply chain knowledge
  • Strategic supply chain management 

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Research: Medical records’ impact on patient care

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New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that the sourcing strategy of electronic medical records chosen by hospitals impacts the quality of patient care.

Study: single software vendor improves patient care

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New research from the University of Notre Dame shows for the first time that the sourcing strategy chosen by hospitals impacts the quality of patient care. 

Diesel Is Far From the Only Shortage U.S. Is Facing

Kaitlin Wowak, an associate professor of operations management at Notre Dame University, said there are reasons why Americans are hurting for certain items.

Baby-formula shortage in acceleration since November

Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Professor Kaitlin Wowak says while pandemic-era shortages of items like masks and sanitizer reflected products being made overseas and imported, most formula for the U-S market is made domestically. 

FORMULA SHORTAGE HAS BEEN BUILDING EVEN BEFORE SHUTDOWN AT MICHIGAN PLANT

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Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business Professor Kaitlin Wowak says while pandemic-era shortages of items like masks and sanitizer reflected products being made overseas and imported, most formula for the U.S. market is made domestically. 

Fact Check: Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims

Also, Kaitlin Wowak, professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, noted in an email to us that baby formula is subject to heightened oversight by the FDA.

Better gender balance in the boardroom associated with more responsive recall decisions

"As boards add female directors, recall decisions change. Companies initiate more medical product recalls that are low in severity, which indicates a reduced tendency to hide quality problems that are discretionary. They also make faster recall decisions for the most serious defects that are high in severity and dangerous for customers," said Kaitlin Wowak of the University of Notre Dame.

Chain Reaction: Shop early, expect fewer deals this Black Friday

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“If you are somebody who’s a gift giver who waits until the last minute, you’re likely going to see some empty shelves this holiday season,” Kaitlin Wowak said, Associate Professor of IT, Analytics and Operations at the University of Notre Dame.

From paints to plastics, a chemical shortage ignites prices

“I think this is going to go on for a really long time because there are so many factors at play here,” said Kaitlin Wowak, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame. “And it’s across the board in so many products.”

Human call center vs. automation: how to make inertia work for businesses and customers

New research from the University of Notre Dame focuses on the tendency of call center agents to stick with the status quo. 

Humans vs. automation: Service center agents can outperform technology, study shows

"A behavioral perspective on service center routing: The role of inertia" is forthcoming in the Journal of Operations Management from Nicholas Berente, the Viola D. Hank Associate Professor, and Kaitlin Wowak, associate professor of information technology, analytics and operations at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

How to Fix the Food Recall Process

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Kaitlin Wowak, associate professor of I.T., analytics and operations in the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, explains the options that food suppliers have in deciding when and where to initiate a product recall.

Notre Dame study reveals new options to address recall uncertainty

New research from the University of Notre Dame could help close the gap and fill the void in the literature between what we know and what we need to know about product recalls.

How Peloton backed down and agreed to recall treadmills tied to one death, many injuries

“You don’t very often see a company fight a federal agency like this,” said Kaitlin Wowak, an assistant professor of operations at Notre Dame University, who studies product recalls.

Experts say Peloton will emerge from the treadmill recall with its bottom line intact — even as its delay in issuing a recall exposes larger safety issues

Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor of IT, analytics, and operations at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business who specializes in recalls, said that while Peloton may have learned from its mistakes, its failure to immediately recall the treadmills is troubling.

In Abrupt Reversal, Peloton Agrees To Safety Recall Of Treadmills

Kaitlin Wowak, an assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, said there are a number of reasons that companies might initially resist product recalls, including concerns about costs and the cultural dynamics within an organization.

U.S. COVID vaccine supply to be boosted by Merck helping make J&J vaccine

“You often don’t see such fierce competitors partner to increase production capacity of pharmaceutical products, but unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures,” said Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor of IT, analytics and operations at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, who specializes in supply chain disruptions including product shortages.

New Orleans archdiocese labels Johnson & Johnson vaccine 'morally compromised'; Merck to help manufacture it: Live COVID-19 updates

"You often don’t see such fierce competitors partner to increase production capacity of pharmaceutical products," said Kaitlin Wowak, assistant professor of IT, analytics and operations at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 

Carmakers may put stock prices above safety when timing recalls

“From the data that we have, we can’t definitely say that companies are strategically sitting on recalls,” said coauthor Kaitlin Wowak, a professor of information technology, analytics and operations at the University of Notre Dame, in an interview.

Vehicle recalls cluster because OEMs wait for rivals to move first

It's not a new thing, either, according to new research published in Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (Kaitlin Wowak, University of Notre Dame).

Why N95 Masks Are Still In Short Supply In The U.S.

"I think if the vaccine rolls out faster, you're going to be able to get N95s faster," as the risks diminish and fewer people need N95s, says Kaitlin Wowak, a supply chain expert and assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame.