Rob Handfield, PhD

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Rob Handfield, PhD

Dr. Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at the North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, and Executive Director and founder of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative ( based in Poole College.  The SCRC is the first major industry-university partnership to integrate student projects into the MBA classroom in an integrative fashion, and now provides real world supply chain/operations experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students.  The SCRC currently has 15 major Fortune 500 companies participating as industry partners.

Handfield is Consulting Editor of the Journal of Operations Management, has published more than 120 peer reviewed publications, and is the author of several books on supply chain management, the most recent being The Living Supply Chain, 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 has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management (with Cecil Bozarth). Handfield was recently recognized as an IACCM Fellow.

He has served an Advisor to the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. He has been working closely with a number of agencies on supply chain responses to the COVID crisis, and has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including Caterpillar, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead Science, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Chevron Phillips, Federal Express, Enbridge, Suncor Energy, 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, and Decision Sciences.

Dr Handfield has his PhD in Operations Management from the University of North Carolina, as well as his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (Statistics) from the University of British Columbia.

Speaker Details
  • Title

    Bank of America Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Mgt

  • Company

    NC State University

  • Presentation

    Supply Chain 2030 – What’s Coming!