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Bobby Martens

Title: Associate Professor / Academic Director - Supply Chain Forum
Department: Supply Chain Management

Office: 3222 Gerdin Business Building
Phone number: (515) 294-5007


Bobby Martens is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management and AcademicDirector Supply Chain Management Forum in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University.  Bobby earned his Ph.D. from the Purdue University and MS and BS degrees in Agricultural Economics from North Dakota State University.  His primary research interests are supply chain network design, domestic transportation and supply chain risk, and food and agricultural supply chains. Engaged scholarship – working directly with companies to produce industry-relevant academic scholarship – is a central theme in his research.  Recent research includes supply chain design in the bio-economy, the effects of rate age and shipper practices on transportation rates and a decision tool for small-scale African seed entrepreneurs.  Martens published articles in top supply chain journals such as Decision Sciences Journal and Journal of Business Logistics and in Ag-Business journals such as the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  In addition to teaching undergraduate courses, he is involved in Iowa State University’s Masters in Seed Business and Technology program and is a member of the Iowa State University MBA Core Teaching Team.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., Martens worked as an account manager at Schneider Logistics.  He is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. 

Academic History

  • PhD, Applied Economics, Purdue, 2006
  • MS, Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University, 1999
  • BS, Agricultural Economics, North Dakota State University, 1996


  • Supply Chain Network Design
  • Domestic Transportation
  • Food and Agriculture Supply Chains
  • Biofuel and Biomass Supply Chains

Selected Publications

  • Correll, D., Y. Suzuki, and B.J. Martens (2017) "The diversity-logistics hypothesis: how animals and manufacturers stand to reduce inbound logistics and inventory costs through diversity. ", Progress in Industrial Ecology, an International Journal, 11 (1):79-96.
  • Hoque, M., G. Artz, D. Jarboe and B. J. Martens. (2015) "Producer Participation in Biomass Markets: Farm Factors, Market Factors, and Correlated Choices.", Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 47 (3):317-344.
  • Correll, Suzuki, Martens (2014) "Biorenewable Fuels at the Intersection of Product and Process Flexibility: A Novel Modeling Approach and Application", International Journal of Production Economics, 150:1-8.
  • Correll, D., Y. Suzuki, and B.J. Martens (2014) "Logistical supply chain design for bioeconomy application ", Biomass and Bioenergy, 66:60-69.
  • Martens, Scheibe, Bergey (2012) "Supply Chains in sub-Saharan Africa: A Model for Small-Scale Seed Enterpreneurs", Decision Sciences Journal, :737-759.