Haozhe ChenWelcome to the Department of Supply Chain Management at the Ivy College of Business

Did you know that Iowa State University is the only university in Iowa with a nationally ranked supply chain management program? We are the #20 supply chain management program in the nation overall, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report “Best College” undergraduate rankings. Our program at the Ivy College of Business covers every aspect of supply chain management, so you’ll be prepared no matter which field you enter after graduation.

Meet the Ivy College of Business Department of Supply Chain Management faculty and staff.

Haozhe Chen, Interim Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management

Creating and delivering value through innovation

  • Ranked #3

    in the world for faculty research productivity
    — Transportation Journal

  • #8

    in the world for supply chain research
    — SCM Journal List

Because of the global pandemic, more people have a basic understanding of what a supply chain is than at any other time in history. Consumers saw grocery stores with empty shelves. They experienced delays in deliveries and increasing prices due to supply and demand. In real-time, our students are learning why these things happen. At Ivy, we are preparing them to be part of the solution after graduation.

Everything you need to explore the world of supply chain management can be found here at Ivy, including world-class academic programs. The supply chain management program at Ivy offers a balanced approach that includes courses in the three core areas: procurement, operations, and logistics. Here, you have the full support of our professional career coordinators, advising staff, and internationally known faculty who conduct high-quality research.

The Transportation Journal recently published online its latest ranking article: “Supply chain management research productivity and topics: 2020-2022”. This ranking uses six leading supply chain management and logistics journals to assess the research productivity of institutions and scholars worldwide: International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Transportation Journal. The Department of Supply Chain Management in the Ivy College of Business ranks #3 in the world for the faculty’s research productivity.

What’s happening?

The Ivy College of Business Department of Supply Chain Management hosts many events throughout the year, including the annual Voorhees Supply Chain Conference. Read more about this Ivy signature event below.

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Voorhees Supply Chain Conference

The Voorhees Conference is designed for professionals involved in planning, sourcing, manufacturing, and delivering products. Learn from industry leaders and network with other supply chain professionals while you enjoy a spectacular view of Jack Trice Stadium and MidAmerican Energy Field.

Faculty research spotlight

Consignment Inventory Shrinkage in General and Physician Preference Medical Supplies: An Empirically-Grounded Analytical Investigation

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Journal of Operations Management

Medical supplies account for almost 30 percent of hospital operating budgets. Our research investigates how different inventory policies impact such costs and proposes a framework that helps practitioners decide the right inventory contract based on the purchase.

Sukrit Pal is an assistant professor of supply chain management. His paper is published in the Journal of Operations Management.

PhD student spotlight

Haley PaluzziHaley Paluzzi is a PhD candidate majoring in supply chain management. Prior to joining Iowa State University in 2020, Paluzzi received her bachelor of science degree from the Colorado School of Mines in metallurgical and materials engineering and an MBA from the University of California, Riverside. Paluzzi has five years of industry experience, working as a senior metallurgical engineer and logistics analyst in the steel industry. Her research interests include consumer impatience, consumer-centric supply chain management, e-commerce, and omni-channel fulfillment. She is also interested in the development of logistics capabilities and supply chain sustainability. Read more.

See where Ivy’s PhD students are placed after graduation

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Research at Ivy

Faculty members across every department at the Ivy College of Business consistently contribute to their respective fields by regularly publishing in top journals. Researchers are vital to finding solutions to today’s business challenges.

SCM department news

Peter Ralston, associate professor of supply chain management and director of the Ivy Supply Chain Forum, had a paper accepted at Benchmarking: An International Journal. The work, co-authored with Jessica Robinson (California State University Long Beach), is “Process Supply Chain Integration: Construct Development and Model Testing.”

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, was featured in a CNBC report, “How retailers like Best Buy, T.J. Maxx and Home Depot quietly target ‘problem’ returners.”

Henrik Sternberg, associate professor of supply chain management, and Frank Montabon, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain Management, were interviewed by Iowa Public Radio about the impact of the Baltimore bridge collapse on Iowa firms. The interviews were for two different stories. Listen here.

In Transportation Journal’s most recent supply chain management research productivity ranking, the Department of Supply Chain Management was ranked number three in the world for the period of 2020-2022, the most recent period assessed. The department was ranked ahead of some of the traditional SCM research powerhouses, such as Arizona State University, Ohio State University, and the University of Tennessee. In the same publication, two Ivy faculty members ranked among the top 20 SCM scholars in the world for this period: Henrik Sternberg at number 10 and Yoshi Suzuki, Land O’Lakes, Inc. Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management, at number 12.

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Frank Montabon, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Henrik Sternberg, associate professor of supply chain management, were quoted in a story from KJAN Radio Atlantic“Ripple Effects in Iowa from Collapse of Key Bridge Likely to Be Minimal.” They were also featured in related stories:

Symposium named after Ivy professor: At the 19th Logistics Doctoral Symposium (LDS) hosted by Colorado State University, it was announced that this symposium will be permanently named after Pat Daugherty, Emeritus Professor, as “Patricia Daugherty Logistics Doctoral Symposium” starting next year. Daugherty is the creator and founder of the LDS, which brings the top logistics researchers and  doctoral students together once a year. Attendees from the U.S. and Europe gather for a few days to help prepare future researchers for success in a person-to-person setting. This event has been hosted by top U.S. supply chain management programs, including twice at Iowa State University. The 20th anniversary event will be hosted at Auburn University in 2025. Professor of Supply Chain Management Haozhe Chen serves on the LDS Advisory Board.

Archived news

Henrik Sternberg, associate professor, was one out of six university-wide nominees for the Student Worker Supervisor of the Year award.

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor, had a paper accepted to the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. The paper “Safety in Context: Routines and the Effect of a Balanced Safety and Operations Focus on Worker Perceptions and Performance” was co-authored with M. Roberts and M. Douglas.

Yoshi Suzuki, Land O’Lakes Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management, and Bo (Larry) Lan (’20 PhD) had their paper, “Using Intermediate Points in Parcel Delivery Operations with Truck-Based Autonomous Drones,” accepted for publication in Decision Sciences. Bo is an assistant professor of global supply chain management at West Virginia University.

Jonathan Phares, assistant professor of supply chain management, was featured in an article from Supply Chain Dive, “8 Logistics Trends to Watch in 2024.

David Cantor, Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management, was mentioned in the Inside Iowa State article, “Proposed Term Faculty Changes in Handbook Draw Discussion.”

Peter Ralston, associate professor of supply chain management and director of the Ivy Supply Chain Forum, and Henrik Sternberg, associate professor of supply chain management, were recently appointed to serve as senior editors for the Journal of Business Logistics (JBL), which is one of the most influential supply chain management and logistics journals in the world. Ralston and Sternberg’s new appointments strengthen the Department of Supply Chain Management’s already strong presence on JBL’s editorial board. The department has four other faculty members currently serving as JBL’s senior editors: Dave Cantor, the Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management and professor of supply chain management, Haozhe Chen, the Walker Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management and interim chair, Mike Crum, Emeritus Professor, and Yoshi Suzuki, the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Endowed Professor in Supply Chain Management. In addition, Pat Daugherty, Emeritus Professor, serves on JBL’s Editorial Advisory Board.

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, delivered the invited presentation, “Lessons from a 30-Year Supply Chain Career,” to ArcBest’s Women in Supply Chain (WISC) and Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG).

Frank Montabon, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain Management:

  • Participated in his first-ever research poster presentation at the Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm Conference, held in Ames November 6-8. The poster was titled “Biodigester Supply Chains: How Are We Going to Do That?” and the research was co-authored with Saurabh Bansal (Pennsylvania State University). A recap of the conference. and a photo of Frank and his poster appeared in the Iowa State Daily on November 7.
  • Achieved another career first by co-authoring a law review article. “The Regulatory Landscape of Livestock Anaerobic Digesters and Renewable Natural Gas. was published in the fall 2023 issue of the Journal of Animal & Environmental Law.

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Henrik Sternberg, associate professor of supply chain management, had their manuscript, “Digital Activism to Achieve Meaningful Institutional Change: A Bricolage of Crowdsourcing, Social Media, and Data Analytics,” accepted at Research Policy, an Ivy elite/FT50 journal. The manuscript was co-authored with Vitali Mindel (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Lars Mathiassen (Georgia State University), and Nelson Phillips (University of California Santa Barbara).

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, was quoted in a BBC article, “How a Toy Becomes the Coveted ‘It’ Gift of the Holiday Season.”

Henrik Sternberg, associate professor of supply chain management, and Mats Alvesson (Lund University) published a debate article, “Do We Dare to Say No to Mediocrity?” in Sweden’s second-largest newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet. The authors elaborate on why investing in top researchers will always be the best investment of tax money and why the Swedish system is wasteful.

Robert Overstreet, assistant professor of supply chain management, was mentioned in a BBC article, “The Stores Snubbing Black Friday’s Mega-sales.”

Micah Marzolf, assistant professor of supply chain management, had a paper accepted in the Journal of Business Logistics. The paper, “Retail and Wholesale Inventories: A Literature Review and Path Forward,” was co-authored with Jason Miller and Simone Peinkofer (both from Michigan State University).

Jonathan Phares, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Andrew Balthrop (University of Arkansas) published an article, “Market or Roadway Mayhem? A Fundamental Supply Chain Dilemma,” at the Supply Chain Management Review. Read article.

Meltem Denizel, associate professor of supply chain management, and Zoe Schumm, PhD student in apparel merchandising and design, had their paper, “Closed Loop Supply Chains in Apparel: Current State and Future Directions,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Operations Management. 

Joshua Schumm, PhD candidate in supply chain management, and Peter Ralston, associate professor of supply chain management, had a recent paper accepted for publication in Transportation Journal. The paper, “The Challenges of Supply-Side Obsolescence: Obsolescence Procurement’s Past, Present, and Future,” was co-authored with Matt A. Schwieterman (Miami University).

Dave Cantor, Ruan Chair in Supply Chain Management and professor of supply chain management, and Laura D’Oria, assistant professor of management and entrepreneurship, had their paper, “Competitive Actions and Supply Chain Relationships: How Suppliers’ Value-Diminishing Actions Affect Buyers’ Procurement Decisions,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Business Logistics. The paper was co-authored with Christian Hofer (University of Arkansas) and Kate Ren (Ohio State University).

 

Supply Chain Forum

The Ivy Supply Chain Forum serves as a world-class forum for the exchange of current and future supply chain challenges and solutions. The forum is self-sustaining and generates resources and ideas for further exploration in creating efficient and effective supply chains.

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Corporate Members

Our corporate membership includes Cargill, Iowa-DOT, HyVee, Corteva, Kent, Danfoss, Ruan, HNI, Travero, and Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Interested in becoming a member of the Supply Chain Forum? Contact Peter Ralston to learn about the opportunities.

Executive Advisory Council

The Supply Chain Management Executive Advisory Council meets to provide advice concerning the recruitment of students, the shaping of the curriculum, trends in the industry, and other priorities set by members of the council for our Department of Supply Chain Management.

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Department of Supply Chain Management

2341 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011

Haozhe Chen

Interim Chair, Department of Supply Chain Management
Walker Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
hzchen@iastate.edu

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