W. Rocky Newman (Ph.D. The University of Iowa, MBA & BS-BA Bowling Green State University) has been a professor of supply chain and operations management at Miami University since 1987. Newman teaches in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, and manufacturing strategy. His research interests include manufacturing strategy, organizational issues in supply chain management as well as supply chain management strategy. His work has been published in many journals including: International Journal of Production Research, The Journal of Production and Inventory Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, American Journal of Business, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, The Journal of Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Mid American Journal of Business, The International Journal of Operations and Production Management, The International Journal of Production Economics, The International Journal of Forecasting, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, The Journal of Supply Chain Management, and others.
He is on the editorial board of several academic journals and has served as the editor in chief of the American Journal of Business.
He has authored several popular textbooks in the field of Supply Chain Management. He coordinates the Farmer School of Business’ highly ranked Supply Chain Management Program at Miami University.
He has served on the Midwest DSI board for many years in a variety of roles including president and program chair for the MWDSI annual conference in 2003 and 2009. He served on the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council (www.supply-chain.org) from 2008-2014. He is SCOR-S certified and has incorporated SCOR-S into his teaching with over 250 of his students certified through 2014. He has served on the APICS Board of Directors (2014) and now serves on the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors.
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