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Rainer Sommer

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Enterprise Engineering



3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Fax: 413-826-8202



Rainer Sommer is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Enterprise Engineering at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. At George Mason University he has held several research and teaching positions in the fields of Business-to-Business (B2B) electronic commerce and supply chain integration, international telecommunication, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation and design, and most recently ERP-based Business Process Engineering methods.

Since 1994 Professor Sommer’s research efforts have been concentrated in the area of integrated enterprise modeling to facilitate the development of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System-based supply chain solutions. During that time Professor Sommer provided research and consulting services to a multitude of national/international public and private sector organizations on ERP business process and technical infrastructure implementation. Past efforts include projects with the Naval Air and Sea Systems Commands to define the technical requirements for three large scale ERP system projects. Other research is focused on the development of a planning methodology that maps narrative strategic information into a formal process-planning model with which to begin the business planning and ERP implementation effort.

Professor Sommer was a founding member and past director of the George Mason University Enterprise Engineering Laboratory. The laboratory is dedicated to ERP-based Business-to-Business electronic commerce, supply chain optimization, and ERP “Back-Office” integration research. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology in 1998 (Specialization — Management Information Systems).

In 2002, Professor Sommer was the Mason project leader on the Boeing Aerospace e-Business trading exchange demonstration project for the government of Taiwan. Most recently, Professor Sommer was the project lead for a joint George Mason University/Computer Sciences Corporation research study on federal Electronic Business System best practices.

Areas of Research

  • Business Process Analysis
  • Change Management
  • Enterprise Engineering
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Industrial Organization
  • Transportation Policy