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Tobias Schoenherr

Tobias Schoenherr

Associate Professor
Department: Supply Chain Management

Office: N356 Business College Complex

Telephone: 517-432-6437

Email: schoenherr@broad.msu.edu



Tobias Schoenherr is an internationally renowned and award-winning scholar and teacher focusing on the area of sourcing, with a particular interest in buyer-supplier relationships. He has published 57 papers in peer-reviewed academic journals, such as the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Management Science, Decision Sciences, the Journal of Business Logistics, and the Journal of Marketing Research. Several of his papers were recognized as some of the best in the respective journals. His overall research excellence has further been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships, including MSU’s Teacher-Scholar Award (2013) and the Broad College’s John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar Award (2010). He received the Doctoral Dissertation Grant by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), as well as its Senior Research Fellowship (2009-2010). Dr. Schoenherr further received several recognitions for his teaching excellence, such as MSU's Lilly Teaching Fellowship (2010-2011), the Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award (2011) and the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award (2012),

Dr. Schoenherr is Associate Editor for the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences, and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of several other journals, including Production and Operations Management, the Journal of Business Logistics, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He further has been active in several professional associations, such as DSI, POMS, ISM and APICS. For example, he served as the Associate Program Chair for the 2011 DSI Annual Meeting, as the Proceedings and Program Book Coordinator for the 2012 and 2013 POMS Conferences, as the president of the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute, and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Detroit Chapter of APICS. Dr. Schoenherr holds a Ph.D. in Operations Management and Decision Sciences from Indiana University, Bloomington, from where he also obtained his B.Sc. and M.B. He also holds a Diplom-Betriebswirt (FH) from the European School of Business, Reutlingen University, Germany, and is an APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP).

Buyer-supplier relationships in the supply chain, especially within the context of the constant push for innovation, and the impact of technological advances, sustainability and globalization.

  • Best Reviewer Awards: Journal of Business Logistics (2016), Journal of Operations Management (2008 and 2010), Decision Sciences (2013), Journal of Supply Chain Management (2008), Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management (2011)
  • Best Associate Editor Award: Journal of Operations Management (2013)<br>
  • Lilly Fellow, 2010-2011: A program to support faculty who will become future faculty leaders and models for their peers, and to inspire a broad range of faculty at all ranks to pursue excellence in teaching.<br>
  • Richard J. Lewis Quality of Excellence Award, 2011: An award give to those who advanced the mission of the College through their achievements in continuous improvement and innovation; given by the Broad School Alumni Association.<br>
  • Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award, 2012: A bi-annual award given by Michigan Campus Compact to recognize faculty that have made most impact in the area of service-learning at member institutions.<br>
  • Award for Excellence, Emerald Literati Network, 2012: An annual award given to highly commended papers published in "Supply Chain Management: An International Journal".<br>
  • John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Endowed Emerging Scholar Award, 2012: An award made to junior faculty who have demonstrated superior performance in teaching, research and service; intended to encourage junior faculty who are likely to be awarded in the future with professorships or chairs.<br>
  • MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, 2013: An award made to six MSU faculty annually who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching.<br>

Articles:

  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Vincent A. Mabert. Goal Orientation and Preparation Process in Online Reverse Auctions: A Comparative Investigation Taking a Transaction Cost Economics Lens. Transportation Journal, Vol. 53, No. 4, 2014, pp. 381-423. Finalist for the Best Paper published in the Journal during 2014-2015.
  • Narasimhan, Ram, Tobias Schoenherr, Brian Jacobs, and Myung Kyo (M.K.) Kim. The Financial Impact of FSC Certification in the United States: A Contingency Perspective. Decision Sciences, Vol. 46, No. 3, June 2015, pp. 527-563. 
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, David A. Griffith, and Aruna Chandra. Intangible Capital, Knowledge and New Product Development Competence: An Investigation of Process, Interaction and Contingency Effects. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 52, No. 16, August 2014, pp. 4916-4929.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Sachin B. Modi, Srinivas Talluri, and G. Tomas M. Hult. “Antecedents and Performance Outcomes of Strategic Environmental Sourcing: An Investigation of Resource-Based Process and Contingency Effects,” Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2014, pp. 172-190.
  • Tummala, V.M. Rao, Tobias Schoenherr, and Thomas Harrison. Integrating FMEA with the Supply Chain Risk Management Process to Facilitate Supply Chain Design Decisions. Production and Inventory Management Journal, Vol. 49, No. 1, 2014, pp. 24-70.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, David A. Griffith, and Aruna Chandra. “Knowledge Management in Supply Chains: Differentiating between Explicit and Tacit Knowledge,” Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 35, No. 2, June 2014, pp. 121-135.
  • Tate, Wendy L., Lisa L. Ellram, Tobias Schoenherr, and Ken E. Petersen. “Global Competitive Conditions driving the Manufacturing Location Decision,” Business Horizons, Vol. 57, No. 3, 2014, pp. 381-390. 
  • Blome, Constantin, Tobias Schoenherr, and Dominik Eckstein. The Impact of Knowledge Transfer and Complexity on Supply Chain Flexibility: A Knowledge-Based View. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 147, Part B, January 2014, pp. 307-316.
  • Narasimhan, Ram, and Tobias Schoenherr. Revisiting the Progression of Competitive Capabilities: Results from a Repeated Cross-Sectional Investigation. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 52, No. 21, 2013, pp. 6631-6650.
  • Blome, Constantin, Tobias Schoenherr (first two authors contributed equally and are listed in alphabetical order), Matthias Kaesser. Ambidextrous Governance in Supply Chains: The Impact on Innovation and Cost Performance. Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 49, No. 4, October 2013, pp. 59-80.
  • Narasimhan, Ram, Tobias Schoenherr, and Joseph Sandor. Profiles in Supply Management Excellence. Supply Chain Management Review, Vol. 17, July/August, 2013, pp. 10-15.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias and Srinivas Talluri. Environmental Sustainability Initiatives: A Comparative Analysis of Plant Efficiencies in Europe and the U.S. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 60, No. 2, 2013, pp. 353-365.
  • Talluri, Srinivas, Myung Kyo (M.K.) Kim, and Tobias Schoenherr. The Relationship Between Operating Efficiency and Service Quality: Are They Compatible? International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 51, No. 8, April 2013, pp. 2548-2567.
  • Blome, Constantin, Tobias Schoenherr, and Daniel Rexhausen. Antecedents and Enablers of Supply Chain Agility and its Effect on Performance. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 51, No. 4, February 2013, pp. 1295-1318.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. The Role of Environmental Management in Sustainable Business Development: A Multi-Country Investigation. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 140, No. 1, November 2012, pp. 116-128.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Sachin B. Modi, W. C. Benton, Craig R. Carter, Thomas Y. Choi, Paul D. Larson, Michiel R. Leenders, Vincent A. Mabert, Ram Narasimhan, Stephan M. Wagner. Research Opportunities in Purchasing and Supply Management. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 40, No. 16, August 2012, pp. 4556-4579.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Ram Narasimhan. The Fit between Capabilities and Priorities and its Impact on Performance Improvement: Revisiting and Extending the Theory of Production Competence. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, No. 14, July 2012, pp. 3755-3775.
  • Narasimhan, Ram, and Tobias Schoenherr. The Effects of Integrated Supply Management and Environmental Management Practices on Relative Competitive Quality Advantage. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 50, No. 4, February 2012, pp. 1185-1201.
  • Arnold, Ulli, Joerg Neubauer, and Tobias Schoenherr. Explicating Factors for Companies' Inclination towards Corruption in Operations and Supply Chain Management: An Exploratory Study in Germany. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 138, No. 1, 2012, pp. 136-147.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Morgan Swink. Revisiting the Arcs of Integration: Cross-Validations and Extensions. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 34, No. 1-2, 2012, pp. 99-115.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Damien Power, Ram Narasimhan, and Danny Samson. Competitive Capabilities among Manufacturing Plants in Developing, Emerging, and Industrialized Countries: A Comparative Analysis. Decision Sciences Journal, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2012, pp. 37-71.
  • Tummala, V.M. Rao, and Tobias Schoenherr. Assessing and Managing Risks Using the Supply Chain Risk Management Process (SCRMP). Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 16, No. 6, 2011, pp. 474-483. Emerald Literati Network, 2012 Award for Excellence, Highly Commended Award Winner for Papers published in 2011.
  • Blome, Constantin, and Tobias Schoenherr. Supply Risk Management in Financial Crises - A multiple Case Study Approach. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 134, No. 1, 2011, pp. 43-57.
  • Power, Damien, Tobias Schoenherr, and Danny Samson. Assessing the Effectiveness of Quality Management in a Global Context. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 58, No. 2, 2011, pp. 307-322.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. An Exploratory Study of Procurement Strategies for multi-item RFQs in B2B Markets: Antecedents and Impact on Performance. Production and Operations Management, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2011, pp. 214-234.
  • Tummala, V.M. Rao, and Tobias Schoenherr. An Implementation Decision Framework for Supply Chain Management: A Case Study. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2011, pp. 198-213.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. A Comparison of Online and Offline Procurement in B2B Markets: Results from a Large-Scale Survey. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2011, pp. 827-846.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Ditmar Hilpert, Ashok K. Soni, M.A. Venkataramanan, and Vincent A. Mabert. Enterprise Systems Complexity and its Antecedents: A Grounded-Theory Approach. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 30, No. 6, 2010, pp. 639-668.
  • Power, Damien, Tobias Schoenherr, and Danny Samson. The Cultural Characteristic of Individualism/collectivism: A Comparative Study of Implications for Investment in Operations between Emerging Asian and Industrialized Western Countries. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2010, pp. 206-222.
  • Schultz, Kenneth L., Tobias Schoenherr, and David Nembhard. An Example and a Proposal Concerning the Correlation of Worker Processing Times in Parallel Tasks. Management Science, Vol. 56, No. 1, 2010, pp. 176-191.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Outsourcing Decisions in Global Supply Chains: An Exploratory Multi-Country Survey. International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 48, No. 2, 2010, pp. 343-378.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Logistics and Supply Chain Management Applications within a Global Context: An Overview. Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2009, pp. 1-25.
  • Day, Jamison M., P. Daniel Wright, Tobias Schoenherr, M.A. Venkataramanan, and Kevin Gaudette. Improving Routing and Scheduling Decisions at a Distributor of Industrial Gases. OMEGA - The International Journal of Management Science, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2009, pp. 227-237.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, V. M. Rao Tummala, and Thomas P. Harrison. Assessing Supply Chain Risks with the Analytic Hierarchy Process: Providing Decision Support for the Offshoring Decision by a U.S. Manufacturing Company. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol. 14, No.2, 2008, pp. 100-111.
  • Tummala, V.M. Rao, and Tobias Schoenherr. Best Practices for the Implementation of Supply Chain Management Initiatives. International Journal of Logistics Systems and Management, Vol. 4, No. 4, 2008, pp. 391-410.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Diffusion of Online Reverse Auctions for B2B Procurement: An Exploratory Study. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 28, No. 3, 2008, pp. 259-278.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. The Use of Bundling in B2B Online Reverse Auctions. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 26, No. 1, 2008, pp. 81-95.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and V.M. Rao Tummala. Electronic Procurement: A Structured Literature Review and Directions for Future Research. International Journal of Procurement Management, Vol. 1, No. 1/2, 2007, pp. 8-37.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. Online Reverse Auctions: Common Myths versus Evolving Reality. Business Horizons, Vol. 50, No. 5, 2007, pp. 373-384.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. The Effect of Buyer-Imposed Bidding Requirements and Bundle Structure on Purchase Performance. The Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2007, pp. 27-39.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Vincent A. Mabert. Bundling for B2B Procurement: Current State and Best Practices. International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2006, pp. 189-213.
  • Bendoly, Elliot, and Tobias Schoenherr. ERP System- and Implementation-Benefits: Implications for B2B E-Procurement. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2005, pp. 304-319.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Deciding on the Appropriateness of B2B Reverse Auction Technology: An AHP Approach combined with Integer Programming. Journal of International Technology and Information Management, Vol. 13, No.1/2, 2004, pp. 21-32.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Service-Learning in Supply Chain Management: Benefits, Challenges and Best Practices. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2015, pp. 45-70.
  • Narayanan, Sriram, Ram Narasimhan, and Tobias Schoenherr. Assessing the Contingent Effects of Collaboration on Agility Performance in Buyer-Supplier Relationships. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2015, pp. 140-154.
  • Swink, Morgan, and Tobias Schoenherr. The Effects of Cross-Functional Integration on Profitability, Process Efficiency, and Asset Productivity. Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 36, No. 1 (March), 2015, pp. 69-87. Finalist for the 2016 Bernard J. LaLonde Best Paper Award.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Cheri Speier-Pero. Data Science, Predictive Analytics, and Big Data in Supply Chain Management: Current State and Future Potential. Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 33, No. 1 (March), 2015, pp. 120-132.
  • Kim, Hyojin, Daesik Hur, and Tobias Schoenherr. When Buyer-Driven Knowledge Transfer really Works: The Contingency Effects of a Supplier’s Absorptive Capacity and Innovativeness. Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 51, No. 3, July 2015, pp. 33-60. Finalist for the 2015 Harold E. Fearon Best Paper Award.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Lisa Ellram, and Wendy L. Tate. A Note on the Use of Survey Research Firms to Enable Empirical Data Collection. Journal of Business Logistics, Vol. 36, No. 3, September 2015, pp. 288-300.
  • Wynstra, F., Martin Spring, and Tobias Schoenherr. Service Triads: A Research Agenda for Buyer-Supplier-Customer Triads in Business Services. Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 35, May 2015, pp. 1-20.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Sriram Narayanan, and Ram Narasimhan. Trust Formation in Outsourcing Relationships: A Social Exchange Theoretic Perspective. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 169 (November), 2015, pp. 401-412.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Morgan Swink. The Role of Supply Chain Intelligence in New Product Launch Success. Decision Sciences, Vol. 46, No. 5, October 2015, pp. 901-936. 
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Ram Narasimhan and Piyas Bandyopadhyay. The Assurance of Food Safety in Supply Chains via Relational Networking. International Journal of Operations and Productions Management, Vol. 35, No. 12, December 2015, pp. 1662-1687. 
  • Ramkumar, M, Tobias Schoenherr, and Mamata Jenamani. Risk Assessment of Outsourcing E-Procurement Services: Integrating SWOT Analysis with a Modified ANP-Based Fuzzy Inference System. Production Planning & Control, Vol. 27, No. 14, 2016, pp. 1171-1190.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, Elliot Bendoly, Daniel G. Bachrach, Anthony C. Hood. Task Interdependence Impacts on Reciprocity in IT Implementation Teams: Bringing out the Worst in Us, or Driving Responsibility? Production and Operations Management (forthcoming).
  • Schoenherr, Tobias, and Stephan M. Wagner. Supplier Involvement in the Fuzzy Front End of New Product Development: An Investigation of Homophily, Benevolence and Market Turbulence. International Journal of Production Economics, Vol.  180, October 2016, pp. 101-113.
  • Schoenherr, Tobias. Mobile Devices and Applications for Supply Chain Management: Process, Contingency and Performance Effects. Transportation Journal, Vol. 55, No. 4, 2016, pp. 333-381.
  • Hoppner, Jessica J., David A. Griffith, Hannah S. Lee, and Tobias Schoenherr. The Influence of the Structure of Interdependence on the Response to Inequity in Buyer-Supplier Relationships. Journal of Marketing Research (forthcoming).
  • SCM 371: Procurement and Supply Management
  • SCM 886: Strategic Sourcing
  • SCM 833: Decision Support Models
  • PIM 875: Supply Chain Management II
  • President, Midwest Decision Sciences Institute: Served the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute in various roles, including president, VP Student Liaison, and other committee membership.
  • Associate Program Chair, Decision Sciences Institute: Served as the associate program chair for the organization of the 2011 annual conference of the Decision Sciences Institute.
  • Proceedings Coordinator, Production and Operations Management Society: Served as proceedings coordinator and program book editor for the 2012 and 2013 conferences of the Production and Operations Management Society.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Operations Management : Since 2011, I have been serving as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management.
  • Associate Editor, Decision Sciences: Since 2013, I have been serving as an associate editor for the Decision Sciences Journal.
  • Editorial Board Member, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management: Since 2012, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.<br>
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business Logistics: Since 2010, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for Journal of Business Logistics.<br>
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Supply Chain Management: Since 2010, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Supply Chain Management.<br>
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management: Since 2013, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.<br>
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Integrated Supply Management: Since 2008, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management.<br>
  • Editorial Board Member, Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education: Since 2014, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. <br>
  • Editorial Board Member, Transportation Research: Part E.: Since 2015, I have been serving on the Editorial Review Board for&nbsp;<i>Transportation Research: Part E</i><span>.&nbsp;</span>
  • Editorial Board Member, Production and Operations Management.: Since 2015, I have been serving on the&nbsp;Editorial Review Board for the&nbsp;<i>Production and Operations Management Journal</i>.&nbsp;

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