Thomas Goldsby

January 13, 2022

Thomas J. Goldsby is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Chair in Logistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. He is also the co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, an M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University.

Goldsby is the immediate-past co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Logistics and former co-editor-in-chief of Transportation Journal. He serves as co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published more than 90 articles in academic and professional journals and is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings. 

Goldsby is co-author of five books: Logistics Management: Enhancing Competitiveness and Customer Value (MyEducator, 2015), The Definitive Guide to Transportation (Financial Times, 2014), Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management (Financial Times, 2013), Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005), and The Design and Management of Sustainable Supply Chains (Cambridge University Press, under development). 

A recipient of multiple best paper awards, Goldsby has been recognized for excellence in teaching at the University of Tennessee, The Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky, and Iowa State University. In 2019, he was named a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA). Goldsby delivered a course on business operations for The Great Courses’ Critical Business Skills series in 2015, which continues to rate as a bestselling nonfiction/business title at and was ranked by Newsweek as No. 27 on its list of Top 50 bestsellers (#27) among all audiobooks for summer 2020.

Goldsby has supervised more than a hundred Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired eight Ph.D. dissertations, and served as an investigator on multiple federally funded research projects exceeding $3.5 million in grant proceeds. In his spare time, he competes as one of the top masters (over 40) runners in America for distances between the mile and the marathon.