Christopher Craighead

January 13, 2022

Christopher W. Craighead is the FedEx Chair of Supply Chain Management at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. Professor Craighead’s primary research interest is strategic supply chain management with a focus on supply chain disruptions, buyer-supplier exchanges and the supply chain-entrepreneurship interface. Professor Craighead’s articles have been published in Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Transportation Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and other journals. Dr. Craighead has received several research fellowships, competitive research grants, and research awards.

Professor Craighead has extensive teaching experience in terms of various audiences and course content. He teaches Strategic Sourcing in the undergraduate program and Theoretical and Research Foundations in the PhD program. Professor Craighead has served as dissertation chair for seven students in three universities. He has received awards for teaching excellence at four universities.

Professor Craighead serves as the Logistics Department Editor at Decision Sciences, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management and a Senior Editor at Journal of Business Logistics. He has received multiple awards for reviewing and editing excellence, including Best Associate Editor Awards from Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences.

Professor Craighead effectively bridges academia and industry. For example, his research has fueled over 350 executive education programs, which have, in turn, enriched his teaching. At Penn State, he worked as the Director of Research of the Center for Supply Chain Research, where he served as the principal liaison between faculty and industry partners. By bridging academia and industry, Professor Craighead’s career has culminated in both theoretical and pragmatic impacts. He has been a strong advocate for such a career strategy, co-authoring papers geared toward helping others in the field realize this dual impact.