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The Ph.D. in Operations and Sourcing Management program at Michigan State is considered to be one of the elite programs in the world. Faculty are widely recognized for their research and teaching reputation and they partner closely with students in the program. Doctoral students are exposed to a variety of empirical and analytical research methods that provide them with the right set of skills to undertake rigorous research work in their areas of interest.


Below are selected publications by faculty that work in the operations and sourcing management doctoral program.

Adrian Choo


Choo A., Nag R., and Xia Y. (2015) “The Role of Executive Problem Solving in Knowledge Accumulation and Manufacturing Improvements,” Journal of Operations Management, 36, 63-74.


Choo A. (2014) “Defining Problems Fast and Slow: The U-shaped Effect of Problem Definition Time on Project Duration,” Production and Operations Management, 23(8), 1462-1479.


Choo A. (2011) “Impact of a Stretch Strategy on Knowledge Creation in Quality Improvement Projects,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 58, 87-96.


Schroeder, R. G., Linderman, K., Liedtke, C., & Choo, A. (2008) “Six Sigma: Definition and Underlying Theory,” Journal of Operations Management, 24, 536-554.


Choo, A., Linderman, K. W., & Schroeder, R. G. (2007) “Method and Psychological Effects on Learning Behaviors and Knowledge Creation in Quality Improvement Projects,” Management Science, 53, 437-450.

Choo, A., Linderman, K. W., & Schroeder, R. G. (2007) “Method and Context Perspectives on Learning and Knowledge Creation in Quality Management,” Journal of Operations Management, 25, 918-931.


Linderman K., Schroeder R. G., and Choo A. (2006) “Six Sigma: The Role of Goals in Improvement Teams,” Journal of Operations Management, 24, 779-790.


Linderman K., Schroeder R. G., Zaheer S., Liedtke C., and Choo A. (2004) “Integrating Quality Management Practices with Knowledge Creation Processes,” Journal of Operations Management, 22, 589-607.


Linderman K., Schroeder R. G., Zaheer S., and Choo A. (2003) “Six Sigma – A Goal Theoretic Perspective,” Journal of Operations Management, 21, 193-203.


Linderman K. and Choo A. (2002) “Robust Economic Control Chart Design,” IIE Transactions, 34, 1069-1078.

Brian Jacobs


Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal. (2017) “The Effect of the Rana Plaza Disaster on Shareholder Wealth of Retailers:  Implications for Sourcing Strategies and Supply Chain Governance,” Forthcoming in Journal of Operations Management.


Jacobs, B.W., R. Kraude, S. Narayanan. (2016) “Operational Productivity, Corporate Social Performance, Financial Performance, and Risk in Manufacturing Firms,” Production and Operations Management, Vol 25, No. 12, pp 2065-2085.


Jacobs, B.W., M. Swink, K. Linderman. (2015) “Performance Effects of Early and Late Six Sigma Adoptions,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol 36, No. 1, pp 244-257.

Narasimhan, R., T. Schoenherr, B.W. Jacobs, M.K. Kim (2015) “The Financial Impact of FSC Certification in the United States: A Contingency Perspective,” Decision Sciences, Vol 46, No. 3, pp 527-563.


Jacobs, B.W. (2014) “Shareholder Value Effects of Voluntary Emissions Reduction,” Production and Operations Management, Vol 23, No. 11, pp 1859-1874.

Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal (2014) “The Effect of Product Development Restructuring on Shareholder Value,” Production and Operations Management, Vol 23, No. 5, pp 728-743.


Swink, M., B.W. Jacobs (2012) “Six Sigma Adoption: Operating Performance Impacts and Contextual Drivers of Success,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol 30, No. 6, pp 437-453.

Jacobs, B.W., R. Subramanian (2012) “Sharing Responsibility for Product Recovery Across the Supply Chain,” Production and Operations Management, Vol 21, No. 1, pp 85-100.


Jacobs, B.W., V.R. Singhal, R. Subramanian (2010) “An Empirical Investigation of Environmental Performance and the Market Value of the Firm,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol 28, No. 5, pp 430-441.

Steven A. Melnyk


Melnyk, S.A., Narasimhan, R., and DeCampos, H. (2014) “Supply Chain Design: Issues, Challenges, Frameworks and Solutions,” International Journal of Production Research. Vol. 52, No. 7, pp. 1887-1896.

Thurer, H., Stevenson, M. Fredendall, L., Lansing M.J., Melnyk, S.A. (2014) “Lean Control for Make-to-Order Companies: Integrating Customer Enquiry Management and Order Release,” Production and Operations Management, Vol. 23, No. 3.


Scannell, T.V., Calantone, R.J., Melnyk, S.A. (2012) “Shop Floor Manufacturing Technology Adoption Decisions,” Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 464-483.

Melnyk, S.A., Page, T.J., Wu, S.J. and Burns, L.A. (2012) “Would You Mind Completing This Survey: Assessing the State of Survey Research in Supply Chain Management,” Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 18, 35-45.


Montabon, F., Sroufe, R., and Melnyk, S.A. (2011) “Integration of Environmental Management into Manufacturing Planning,” Production and Inventory Management, Vol. 47, No. 1, pp. 43-55.

Scannell, T.V., Melnyk, S.A., and Calantone, R. (2011) “Shop Floor Manufacturing Technology Adoption Decisions: An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior,” Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, Vol. 23, No. 3/4.

Hanson, J., Melnyk, S.A., and Calantone, R.A. (2011) “Defining and Measuring Alignment in Performance Measurement,” International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Vol. 31, No. 10, pp. 1098-1114.


Flynn, B.B., Wu, S.J., and Melnyk, S.A. (2010) “Operational Capabilities: Hidden in Plain View,” Business Horizon, Vol. 53, pp. 247-256.

Melnyk, S.A., Hanson, J.D., and Calantone, R.J. (2010) “Hitting the Target … But Missing the Point: Resolving the Paradox of Strategic Transition,” LRP, Vol. 43, No. 4(August), pp. 555-574.

Wu. S.J., Melnyk, S.A., and Flynn, B.B. (2010) “Operational Capabilities: The Secret Ingredient,” Decision Sciences Journal, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 721-754.

Wu. S.J., Swink, M., and Melnyk, S.A. “An Empirical Investigation of the Combinatorial Nature of Operational Practices and Operational Capabilities: Compensatory or Additive?” International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

Anand Nair


Ataseven, C. and Nair, A. (2017) “Assessment of Supply Chain Integration and Performance Relationships: A Meta-Analytic Investigation of the Literature,” International Journal of Production Economics, (forthcoming).


Yan, T., Nair, A. (2016) “Structuring Supplier Involvement in New Product Development: A China-U.S. Study,” Decision Sciences, 47(4), 589-627.

Nair, A., Ataseven, C., Habermann, M., Dreyfus, D. (2016) “Toward a Continuum of Measurement Scales in Just-In-Time (JIT) Research – An Examination of the Predictive Validity of Single-Item and Multiple-Item Measures,” Operations Management Research, 9 (1-2), pp.35-48.

Giannoccaro, I., Nair, A. (2016) “Examining the Roles of Product Complexity and Managerial Behavior on Product Design Decisions: An Agent-Based Study Using NK Simulation,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 63(2), 237 – 247.

Nair, A., Yan, T., Ro, Y. K., Oke, A., Chiles, T. H., Lee, S-Y. (2016) “How Environmental Innovations Emerge and Proliferate in Supply Networks: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 52(2), 66-86.


Nair, A., Jayaram, J, and Das, A. (2015) “Strategic Purchasing Participation, Supplier Selection, Supplier Evaluation and Purchasing Performance,” International Journal of Production Research, 53(20), 6263-6278.

Narasimhan, R., Nair, A. (2015) “Towards a Theory-Driven Research Agenda in Six Sigma Quality Innovation: Linking Research Opportunities with Organization Theory Typology,” International Journal of Quality Innovation, 1(1), 1-25.


Ataseven, C., Prajogo, D., Nair, A. (2014) “ISO 9000 Internalization and Organizational Commitment – Implications for Process Improvement and Operational Performance,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 61(1), 5-17.


Nair, A., Nicolae, M., Narasimhan, R. (2013) “Examining the Impact of Clinical Quality and Clinical Flexibility on Cardiology Unit Performance – Does Experiential Quality Act as a Specialized Complementary Asset?” Journal of Operations Management, 31(7-8), 505-522.

Nair, A., Ataseven, C., and Swamidass, P. (2013) “An Examination of the Use of Manufacturing Technologies and Performance Implications in U.S. Plants with Different Export Intensities,” International Journal of Production Research, 51(11), 3283-3299.

Boone, C., Craighead, C., Hanna, J., and Nair, A. (2013) “Implementation of a System Approach for Enhanced Supply Chain Continuity and Resiliency: A Longitudinal Study,” Journal of Business Logistics, 34(3), 220-232.


Nair, A., Malhotra, M., Ahire, S. (2011) “Toward a Theory of Managing Context in Six Sigma Projects: An Action Research Investigation,” Journal of Operations Management, Special Issue: “Field Research in Operations and Supply Chain Management,” 29(5), 529-548.

Nair, A., Narasimhan, R., Bendoly, E. (2011) “Co-opetitive Buyer-Supplier Relationship: An Investigation of Bargaining Power, Relational Context, and Investment Strategies,” Decision Sciences, 42(1), 93-127.

Nair, A. and Vidal, J. M. (2011) “Supply Network Topology and Robustness against Disruptions: An Investigation Using Multiagent Model,” International Journal of Production Research, Special Issue: “Multi‐Agent and Holonic Techniques for Manufacturing Systems: Technologies and Applications,” 49(5), 1391-1404.

Garcia, R., Nair, A., Rummel, P. (2011) “Specialization in Exploration and Exploitation: A Systems Approach,” International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 5(1), 1-21.


Das, A. and Nair, A. (2010) “The Use of Manufacturing Technologies – An External Influence Perspective,” International Journal of Production Research, 48(17), 4977-5006.

Mackelprang, A. and Nair, A. (2010) “Relationship Between Just-in-Time Manufacturing Practices and Performance: A Meta-Analytic Investigation,” Journal of Operations Management, 28, 283-302.

Nair, A., Jones-Farmer, A. and Swamidass, P. (2010) “Modeling the Reciprocal and Longitudinal Effect of Return on Sales and R&D Intensity During Economic Cycles: 1997-2003 Emerges as an R&D-Propelled Cycle,” International Journal of Technology Management, (Special Issue on Technology Policy vs. Industrial Policy: A Comparison of Overlapping and Competing Approaches to R&D), 49(1/2/3), 2-24.


Nair, A., Narasimhan, R., Choi, T. (2009) “Supply Networks as a Complex Adaptive System: Toward Simulation-Based Theory Building on Evolutionary Decision Making,” Decision Sciences, 40(4), 783-815.

Narasimhan, R., Nair, A., Griffith, D., Arlbjørn, J., Bendoly, E. (2009) “Lock-In Situations in Supply Chains: Social Exchange Theoretic Study of Sourcing Arrangements in Power-Based Buyer-Supplier Relationship,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 27, No. 5, 374-389.

Nair, A. and Prajogo, D. (2009) “Internalization of ISO 9000 Standards: The Antecedent Role of Functionalist and Institutionalist Drivers and Performance Implications,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 41, No. 16, 4545-4568.


Nair, A. and Boulton, W. R. (2008) “Innovation Oriented Operations Strategy Typology and Stage-based Model,” International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 28, Iss. 8, 748-771.


Pathak, S., Day, J. M., Nair, A., Sawaya, W., and Kristal, M. (2007) “Complexity and Adaptivity in Supply Networks: Building Supply Network Theory Using a Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective,” Decision Sciences, Vol. 38, Iss. 4., 547-580.

Nair, A., Hanvanich, S. and Cavusgil, T. (2007) “An Exploration of the Patterns Underlying Related and Unrelated Collaborative Ventures Using Neural Network: Empirical Investigation of Collaborative Venture Formation in Data Spanning 1985-2001,” International Business Review, Vol. 16, Iss. 6, 659-686.

Nair, A. and Swink, M. (2007) “Linking Internal Process Technology Development and the Use of AMT with Manufacturing Plant Capabilities – An Examination of Complementarities and Redundancies,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 54, Iss. 4, 742-755.

Nair, A., Sankar, C. S., Bliedung, N., and Raju, P. K. (2007) “New Product Development at Yuquiyu Motors: Design and Development of Y11 Engine,” International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2(1), 58-72.

Swink, M. and Nair, A. (2007) “Capturing the Competitive Advantage of AMT: Design-Manufacturing Integration as a Complementary Asset,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 25 (3): 736-754.


Nair, A. (2006) “Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Quality Management Practices and Firm Performance – Implications for Quality Management Theory Development,” Journal of Operations Management, 24, 948-975.

Nair, A. and Narasimhan, R. (2006) “Competing with Quality and Advertising Based Goodwill,” European Journal of Operational Research, 175(1), 462-474.

Nair, A. and Closs, D. (2006) “An Examination of the Impact of Coordinating Supply Chain Policies and Price Markdowns on Short Lifecycle Product Retail Performance,” International Journal of Production Economics, 102(2): pp. 379-392.


Talluri, S., Narasimhan R. and Nair A. (2005) “Vendor Evaluation with Supply Risk: A Chance-Constrained DEA Model,” International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 100, No. 2: pp. 212-222.

Narasimhan R. and Nair A. (2005) “The Antecedent Role of Quality, Information Sharing and Supply Chain Proximity on Strategic Alliance Formation and Performance,” International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 96, No. 3: pp. 301-313.

Nair A. (2005) “Linking Manufacturing Postponement, Centralized Distribution and Value Chain Flexibility with Supply Chain Performance,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 43, No. 3: pp. 447-463.

Nair A. (2005) “Emerging Internet-Enabled Mechanisms in Supply Chain,” Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3/4: pp. 162-168.

Sankar, C. S., Raju, P.K. and Nair, A., Patton, D., and Bliedung, N. (2005) “Enterprise Information Systems and Engineering Design at Briggs and Stratton: K11 Engine Development,” Journal of Information Technology Cases and Applications, Vol. 7, No. 5: pp. 21-40.

Closs, D., Swink, M. and Nair, A. (2005) “The Role of Information Connectivity in Making Flexible Logistics Programs Successful,” International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Vol. 35, No. 4: pp. 258-277.


Swamidass P. and Nair A. (2004) “What Top Management Thinks about the Benefits of Hard and Soft Manufacturing Technologies,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Vol. 51, No. 4: pp. 462 – 471.

Gary L. Ragatz


Jin Hui (Sarah) Wu and Gary L. Ragatz, “The Role of Integrative Capabilities in Involving Suppliers in New Product Development: A Knowledge Integration Perspective,” International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 19, No. 1-2, pp. 82-101, 2010.

Jin Hui (Sarah) Wu and Gary L. Ragatz, “Evaluating the Total Effect of Early Supplier Involvement on Project Team Effectiveness: Collaboration and Interaction,” International Journal of Integrated Supply Management, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 239-259, 2010.

G.A. Zsidisin, S.M. Wagner, S.A. Melnyk, G.L. Ragatz, and L.A. Burns, “Risk Perception and Practices: An Exploratory Comparison of German and U. S. Supply Management Professionals,” International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, Vol. 8, Iss. 4; p. 401.


D.B. Parker, G.A. Zsidisin, and G.L. Ragatz, “Timing and Extent of Supplier Integration in New Product Development: A Contingency Approach,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2008.


G.A. Zsidisin, S.A. Melnyk, and G.L. Ragatz, “An Institutional Theory Perspective of Business Continuity Planning for Purchasing and Supply Management,” International Journal of Production Research, Vol. 43, No. 16, August 15, 2005.

K.J. Petersen, G.L. Ragatz, and R.M. Monczka, “An Examination of Collaborative Planning Effectiveness and Supply Chain Performance,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 41, No. 2, Spring, 2005.

K.J. Petersen, R.B. Handfield , and G.L. Ragatz, “Supplier Integration into New Product Development: Coordinating Product, Process and Supply Chain Design,” Journal of Operations Management, Vol. 23, No. 3-4, April, 2005.

G.A. Zsidisin, G.L. Ragatz, and S.A. Melnyk, “Managing the ‘Dark Side’ of Supply Chain Management: Supply Continuity Planning,” Supply Chain Management Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, March, 2005.


Talluri and G.L. Ragatz, “Multi-Attribute Reverse Auctions in B2B Exchanges: A Framework for Design and Implementation,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol. 40, No. 1, Winter, 2004.


K.J. Petersen, R.B. Handfield, and G.L. Ragatz, “A Model of Supplier Integration into New Product Development,” Journal of Product Innovation Management, Vol. 20, No. 4, July, 2003.


G.L. Ragatz, R.B. Handfield, and K.J. Petersen, “Benefits Associated with Supplier Integration into New Product Development under Conditions of Technology Uncertainty,” Journal of Business Research, Vol. 55, No. 5, May, 2002.


K.C. Tan, R. Narasimhan, P.A. Rubin and G.L. Ragatz, “Minimizing Sequence Dependent Setup Times: A Comparative Study of Scheduling Heuristics,” OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, Vol. 38, No. 3, June, 2000.

Claudia R. Rosales


Rosales, Claudia R., Michael Magazine, and Uday Rao. “The 2Bin System for Controlling Medical Supplies at Point-of-Use,” European Journal of Operational Research 243, no. 1 (2015): 271-280.


Rosales, Claudia R., Michael Magazine, and Uday Rao. “Point‐of‐Use Hybrid Inventory Policy for Hospitals,” Decision Sciences 45, no. 5 (2014): 913-937..


Rosales, Claudia R., Uday S. Rao, and David F. Rogers. “Retailer Transshipment versus Central Depot Allocation for Supply Network Design,” Decision Sciences 44, no. 2 (2013): 329-356.


Rosales, Claudia R., Michael J. Fry, and Rajesh Radhakrishnan. “Transfreight Reduces Costs and Balances Workload at Georgetown Crossdock,” Interfaces, 39, no. 4 (2009): 316-328.

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