Professor Flynn received a D.B.A. in operations management from Indiana University, a M.B.A., with an emphasis in operations management and managerial economics, from Marquette University and a B.A. in psychology from Ripon College. Her previous academic appointments have been at Wake Forest University, Iowa State University and Louisiana State University. She joined IU in 2006 and is currently serving as the Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research (IU CIBER). She is a Fellow of the Decision Sciences Institute and recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Operations Management division of the Academy of Management.
Professor Flynn has received over $1 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Center for Innovation Management Studies. She is co-director of the World Class Manufacturing research group, which studies the relationship between manufacturing practices and performance in various organizational and national cultures. This research is summarized in the book High Performance Manufacturing: Global Perspectives, by Roger G. Schroeder and Barbara B. Flynn.
Professor Flynn is Editor-in-Chief and founding editor of Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, and Editor-in-Chief of Quality Management Journal. She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences. She serves on the Editorial Review Board of International Journal of Applied Quality Management, Production and Operations Management, and Benchmarking for Quality Management and Technology. Dr. Flynn is a past President of the Decision Sciences Institute and has held leadership positions within the Decision Sciences Institute, Academy of Management, Institute for Management Sciences (TIMS) and American Production and Inventory Control Society.