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Dr. Mike Patterson

(940) 397 4280
Dillard College of Business Administration


An alumni of Midwestern State University, Dr. Mike Patterson received his Bachelors of Business Administration, with a major in Management Science. He completed a Masters of Business Administration before earning his doctorate from the University of North Texas where he studied industrial management and computer science.

His primary research interests include mathematics and spreadsheet optimization models. Dr. Patterson often develops models of famous mathematical problems with a goal of optimization. His research has appeared in the Journal of Applied Quantitative MethodsBusiness Management DynamicsInternational Journal of TechnologyPolicy and ManagementJournal of Education for BusinessIndustrial ManagementInternational Journal of Production ResearchProduction and Inventory Management Journal, the Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management and the International Journal of Management.

Dr. Patterson teaches Operations Management and Quantitative Methods. He teaches his students how to analyze data using management philosophies, formulas and software to make decisions in business. The skills acquired in Dr. Patterson's classes prepare students to excel in the workplace. His students look back and thank him for setting high standards to improve academic performance.

Institution Degree Graduation Date
University of North Texas Ph.D., Industrial Management 1978
Midwestern State University M.B.A., Business Administration 1976
Midwestern State University B.B.A., Management Science 1973
Employer Position Start Date End Date
Midwestern State University Professor of Management 05/11/1977
North Texas State University Teaching Fellow 05/11/1976 05/11/1977
Siemens Allis Corp. Senior Systems Analyst 05/11/1974 05/11/1976
Arthur Andersen Systems Analyst 05/11/1973 05/11/1974

Refereed Articles 

Patterson, M., Martinez, J., & Forrester, R. (2023).  Puzzles in the College Classroom: An Optimization Model Approach to Martin Gardner's Digit Placing Problem.   Business Education Innovation Journal, 15 (1), 28-34.

Forrester, R., & Patterson, M. (in press, 2022). The Bridge and Torch Problem: Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Puzzle-Based Learning.  Journal of Financial Education, 48 (1).

Forrester, R. C., & Patterson, M. C. (2022). A Mathematical Model of Loyd's Archery Puzzle.   Business Education Innovation Journal, 14 (1), 59-64.  

Patterson, M., & Friesen, D. (2020). An Optimization Model Approach to Dudeney's Grand Tour.   Business Management Dynamics, 10 (03), 13-23.

Patterson, M., & Friesen, D. (2019). Variants of the Traveling Salesman Problem.   Studies in Business and Economics, 14 (1), 208-220.

Patterson, M., & Friesen, D. (2019). An Integer Programming Solution to the Riddle of the Pilgrims.   Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods, 14 (4)

Patterson, M. & Friesen, D. (2018). A Model of Sam Loyd's Outwitting the Weighing Machine.   Business Management Dynamics, 8 (2 2-26).

Patterson, M. (2017). A Mathematical Optimization Model of the Magliozzi Brothers' Revolt of the Lab Rats Puzzle.  Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods, 12 (4).

Patterson, M. & Friesen, D. (2016). A Mathematical Model of Sam Loyd's Mars Canals Maze.  Business Management Dynamics, 6 (5), 21-29.

Patterson, M., Friesen, D., & Harmel, B. (2015). A Spreadsheet Solution to H. E. Dudeney's Puzzle “Visiting the Towns”.   Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods, 10 (3), 76-82.

Friesen, D., Patterson, M. C., Harmel, B., & Martinez, J. (2014). A Mathematical Model of Archimedes' Cattle Problem.   Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods, 9 (1)

Patterson, M., Harmel, B., & Martinez, J. (2014). A Spreadsheet Simulation of Sms Loyds Carnival Dice Game.   International Journal of Business Management and Economic Research, 5 (2), 44-52.  

Friesen, D., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (2013). A Genetic Algorithm Spreadsheet Model For Optimizing A Combinatorial Problem.  International Journal of Management Research and Review, 3 (3), 2497-2512. 

Friesen, D., Patterson, M. C., & Harmel, B. (2013). A Spreadsheet Optimization Model for Solving Sudoku Problems.  Business Management Dynamics, 2 (9), 15-22. 

Stambaugh, J., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (2012). Optimizing Start-Up Locations: A Zero-One Spreadsheet Model for Maximizing Potential Target Population in Contiguous Counties in South Carolina.  Business Management Dynamics, 1 (7), 1-11. 

Friesen, D., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (2011). A Comparison of Multiple Regression and Neural Networks for Forecasting Real Estate Values.  Regional Business Review, 30, 114-138. 

Penrose, L., Li, Q., Harmel, B., & Patterson, M. (2010). Factors Affecting Students' Credit Card and Student Loan Debt on a University Campus.  Midwestern Business and Economic Review (44), 19-24. 

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2010). The Coin Changing Problem as a Mathematical Model.  Journal of Applied Quantitative Methods, 5 (2), 298-301. 

Patterson, M., Harmel, B., & Friesen, D. (2009). A Spreadsheet Simulation of the Monty Hall Problem.  American Journal of Business Education, 3 (2), 1-13. 

Harmel, R. D., Harmel, B., & Patterson, M. C. (2008). On-Farm Agro-Economic Effects of Fertilizing Cropland with Poultry Litter.  Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 17 (4), 545-555. 

Patterson, M. C., Harmel, B., & Friesen, D. (2007). A Spreadsheet Solution to Einstein's Riddle.  International Journal of Technology, Policy, and Management, 7 (1), 49-67. 

Patterson, M., Harmel, B., & Friesen, D. (2007). A Zero-One Spreadsheet Model.  Oil Gas and Energy Quarterly, 56 (1), 85-102. 

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2006). A Regression Approach to Forecasting Sale Price of Single Family Residences in Wichita County Texas.  Journal of Property Economics, 2, 61-72. 

Harmell, B. & Patterson, M. C. (2006). An Analysis of Real Estate Market Changes, United States 1989-2005.  Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, XXXII (2), 64-88. 

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2005). A Spreadsheet Approach to Solving Dynamic Programming Knapsack Problems.  Business Journal for Entrepreneurs, 4, 22-32. 

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2005). An Analysis of the Impact of Buffer Size on Profitability in a Drum-Buffer-Rope Environment.  Palmetto Review, 8

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2005). Solving the traveling salesman problem using Premium Solver Platform Software.  International Journal of Management, 22 (4), 532-541. 

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2003). Algorithm for Using Excel Solver for the Traveling Salesman Problem.  Journal of Education for Business, 78 (6)

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2002). Algorithmic Approach for Solving Linear Programming Transportation Problems Using Microsoft Solver.  International Journal of Business Disciplines (IJBD), 12 (1)

McMullen, M., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (2001). An Application of Theory of Constraints in Production and Marketing.  International Journal of Case Studies and Research, 6 (1)

Kaufman, D., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (2001). Implementation of TOC In an Engine Components Re_Manufacturing Company.  International Journal of Case Studies and Research, 6 (1)

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (2001). Using Microsoft Excel Solver for Linear Programming Assignments Problems.  International Journal of Management, 18 (3)

Gillespie, M., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (1999). TOC Beyond Manufacturing.  Industrial Management

Patterson, M. (1998). A Simulation Analysis of Production Process Improvement.  Journal of Education for Business

McMullen, M., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (1998). An Application of the Theory of Constraints in a Small Machine Shop.  International Journal of Management

Petree, J., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (1998). Total Plant Production Efficiency.  International Journal of Business Disciplines (IJBD)

Osten, S., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (1996). A Theory of Constraints Fable (Part One).  Industrial Management

Osten, S., Patterson, M., & Harmel, B. (1996). A Theory of Constraints Fable (Part Two).  Industrial Management

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (1996). Performance Measurement: A Review of the Approaches of Goldratt and Deming.  Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (1995). Manufacturing Base Maintenance and Labor Market Conditions Among States.  Central Business Review

Patterson, M. (1994). Constraint Analysis in Profit Planning: An Empirical Comparison of Two Approaches.  International Journal of Management

Patterson, M. (1993). Analysis of Set-up Time at Constraint Resources.  International Journal of Production Research, 31 (4)

Patterson, M. (1992). The Product Mix Decision: A Comparison of Theory of Constraints and Labor-Based Management Accounting.  Production and Inventory Management Journal

Patterson, M. & Harmel, B. (1992). The Revolution Occurring in American Manufacturing.  Industrial Management

Patterson, M. (1990). A Linear Programming Model for Solving Complex 2-Person Zero-Sum Games Problems.  Studies in Economic Analysis

Patterson, M. (1990). A Review of the Principles of the Theory of Constraints.  Midwestern Business and Economic Review

Patterson, M. (1989). Evaluation of Quantity Discounts Considering Rate of Return.  Production and Inventory Management Journal

Patterson, M. (1989). Manufacturing Resource Planning Systems-Why They Fail.  Industrial Management

Patterson, M. (1988). An Analysis of the Sensitivity of the EOQ Model to Quantity Discounts.  Excel - A Journal of Applied Business Research

Patterson, M. & Hadley, G. (1988). Are Middle Paying Jobs Really Declining?  Oklahoma Business Bulletin

Patterson, M. (1986). Inventory File Accuracy: A Key Ingredient to Planning.  Corporate Accounting

Patterson, M. (1985). State Differentials in Unemployment Increases During Recessionary Prriods.  Central State Business Review

Patterson, M. (1984). An Inventory Control Purchasing Simulation Model.  Journal of Business Education

Patterson, M. (1984). The Negative Income Tax: An Alternative to the Welfare System.  Midwestern Business and Economic Review

Patterson, M. (1983). Flat-Rate Personal Income Tax: Has Its Time Come?  Midwestern Business and Economic Review

Patterson, M. (1982). An EOQ Range Model.  Journal of Purchasing and Materials Management

Refereed Proceedings 

Full Paper

Patterson, M. & Bimmerle, C. (1980). The Impact of Industrialization of the Quality of Life.  National Academy of Management

Patterson, M. & Bimmerle, C. (1979). The Impact of Manufacturing on Selected Aspects of the Economy of Wichita Falls.  Association of American Geographers


Patterson, M. C. (1986). Management Science Programs for the IBM Personal Computer. Dubuque Iow: Kendall Hunt. 

Presentation of Non-Refereed Papers 


Harmel, B. & Patterson, M. C. (2006, February). Understanding Corporate Governance: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Ethics. American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Research Reports 

2009: Harmel, B. & Patterson, M., Decision Support Tool for Managing On-Farm Organic and Inorganic Nutrients for Sustainability., submitted to .

Commercial Software Developed 

Software Revision

2009: Management Science Programs for the IBM Personal Computer. Third Edition 2000

Revised & Updated for 32 bit systems summer 2009