Robert H. Handfield, Ph.D, North Carolina State University
Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University, and Director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (http://scm.ncsu.edu/blog). He also serves as Faculty Lead for the Manufacturing Analytics group within the International Institute of Analytics, and is on the Faculty for Operations Research Curriculum at NC State University.
The SCRC is the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA classroom in an integrative fashion, and has had 15 major Fortune 500 companies participating as industry partners since 1999. Prior to this role, Handfield was an Associate Professor and Research Associate with the Global Procurement and Supply Chain Benchmarking Initiative at Michigan State University from 1992-1999, working closely with Professor Robert Monczka.
Handfield is the Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the leading supply chain management journals in the field, and is the author of several books on supply chain management, the most recent being Biopharmaceutical Supply Chains, Supply Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Re-Design and Introduction to Supply Chain Management (Prentice Hall, 1999, 25,000 copies sold, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). He is also the new co-editor of the online journal, Logistics. He has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 6th revision (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management 3rd revision (with Cecil Bozarth). He recently led a global study on Global Logistics Trends and Strategies for BVL International in 2013, Future Buy: The Future of Procurement published by KPMG, and Procurement Cognitive Analytics published by IBM.
His current research involves work with two doctoral students on a project focused on natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to develop insights into supply chain maturity using a web-crawler. He is also working on a study of Data Readiness levels, in a grant supported by the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at North Carolina State University, and on transportation research by the Transportation Research Board in Washington DC. He also is supported by grants from the United States Department of Agriculture to study market forecasts for bio-based products, as well as a grant to study the development of local agriculture market channels.
Handfield received the Emerald Citation of Excellence award in 2011 and again in 2013, for two articles, each cited as one of the top 50 articles from the 300 top management publications worldwide that have had a proven impact since they were published. In 2009, he was nominated as an Honorary Fellow of Contract & Commercial Management (FCCM) by the International Association of Commercial and Contract Management. This honour is bestowed on individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the field of contracting and commercial management. His blog, Supply Chain View from the Field (http://scm.ncsu.edu/blog) was listed as the #3 top business school blogs by OnlineMBA.com. Handfield is regularly quoted and has published op ed pieces, and is quoted in blogs and global news media such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Spend Matters, Microsoft Live, Ariba Live, Inc., CIO, CFO, the Supply Chain Management Review, and other media.
Handfield has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including Biogen Idec, Caterpillar, John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Chevron Phillips, Bank of America, Tennessee Valley Authority, Timken, Sensata, KPMG, Shell, Federal Express, SAP, Toshiba, and others. He has published more than 100 articles in top management journals including California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences.