The Department of Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business is one of the parent organizations for GSCI. Its faculty comprise one of the most renowned groups of SCM scholars globally and are regularly ranked, both individually and collectively, as leading researchers in the field. Their academic research powers the field forward and provides unparalleled insight for our students and corporate partners. Every year our top faculty shape supply chain best practices, highlighting the latest trends and staying ahead of challenges on the horizon. Our faculty are regularly ranked among the leading faculty globally for academic research productivity and have been published in notable journals like the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics and Journal of Operations Management.
"The professors at UT really set themselves apart. Not only are they constantly in contact with industry professionals in supply chain and throughout the C-suite, which allows them to stay relevant, but they also take the time to care and develop relationships with them so you can continue talking with them (which I do, by the way) even long after graduation."
- Barbara Melvin, Chief Operating Officer, South Carolina Ports Authority
Cost Avoidance: Not Everything That Counts Is Counted
The purchasing department holds the keys to organizational spending — in some industries, it accounts for more than 80 percent of the cost of sales. Purchasing meets its metrics by cutting costs, commonly recognized as spending less for an item this year than last. But purchasing also makes a significant contribution through cost avoidance, which means making a concerted effort to pay less for something than you would have otherwise, or to avoid an expense altogether.
Purchasing’s Hidden Dilemma: Conflicted Role in New Product Development Costing
Wendy Tate, Cheryl Massingale Faculty Research Fellow and William J. Taylor Professor in Business, and research partners Lisa Ellram and Thomas Choi, uncover the goal incongruence of purchasing departments and underline the conflict between annual cost-saving initiatives and the price of inputs for new product development (NPD).
A Logistics Logjam Is Coming – Are We Ready?
Alan Amling, Distinguished Fellow with the Global Supply Chain Institute at the UT Haslam College of Business, and Patricia Daugherty, of Iowa State University, forecast the impending challenges to Western logistics systems. The researchers look to China as a case study on innovation in response to skyrocketing demand.
John Bell, Associate Professor at UT Haslam, investigated the efficacy of “Crowdsourced Logistics,” the common practice employed by companies like Uber, Lyft, Amazon and UPS, that allows independent contractors to use their own vehicles to meet time-sensitive transportation needs of millions of consumers in America.
Digitizing The Supply Chain
Ted Stank, UT Haslam Professor and Harry J. and Vivienne R. Bruce Chair of Business Excellence, sought to introduce a new framework for understanding supply chain management in the digital age by developing a Digitally Dominant Paradigm (DDP) to assist thought leaders in pivoting in the way they approach the topic.
Sustainability and the Supply Chain
John Bell, Associate Professor at UT Haslam, explored recent trends in increasing “integrity” (heightened mindfulness toward environmental and social factors) across a variety of businesses. Bell contributes to the investigation of how many supply chains are pursuing more sustainable practices to heed these deepening concerns of supply chain stakeholders.
Leveraging the Digital Supply Chain
Michael Feldman undertook an Organizational Action Project to better understand how firms are successfully leveraging digitalization within their supply chain strategies. By doing so, Feldman took an in-depth look at how they are realizing unanticipated opportunities by utilizing the digital supply chain.
Breaking the Chain: GPO Changes and Hospital Supply Cost Efficiency
Randy Bradley and Bogdan Bichescu, Associate Professors at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business, sought to learn how cost-reducing economies of scale affect supply chain efficiency when hospitals contract with group purchasing organizations (GPOs).