John Gray

John Gray is an associate professor of operations. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Procter & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University’s evening program during that time.

Dr. Gray teaches the core MBA Data Analysis class and an MBA elective called Global Sourcing. The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010. A student project from Global Sourcing led to a co-authored case (Scotts Miracle-Gro: The Spreader Sourcing Decision) that has been widely adopted.

Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals, including Decision Sciences, Management Science and Organization Science; and top operations and supply chain journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Production and Operations Management. His research has received several awards. In 2012, a co-authored paper on global food supply chains received the Emerald Citations of Excellence award, recognizing its impact. Two of his papers were awarded the OM Division's Chan Hahn best paper award at the Academy of Management conference (2012 and 2014). His dissertation was the winner of the Decision Sciences Institute's 2007 Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Competition, and also received awards from the University of Minnesota’s Juran Center. Within Fisher, he received the 2011 Pace Setters award for research and was named to the inaugural class of Dean’s Faculty Fellows in 2014, a distinction he will hold until 2017.

In addition to service to his department and the university, he serves as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management and an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management. Among his service to professional societies, he is serving a five-year leadership role for the Academy of Management’s OM Division from 2014-2018.

Areas of Expertise

  • Antecedents and consequences of outsourcing, offshoring, and reshoring
  • The relationship between boundaries (organizational and geographic) and quality risk
  • Managing quality across organizational and geographic boundaries
  • Sustaining quality performance over time


  • PhD in Business Administration, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MBA, Babcock School of Graduate Management, Wake Forest University
  • BS in Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • BA in Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College


  • Outstanding Full-time Core MBA Faculty, 2015
  • OM Division Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner, Academy of Management, 2014
  • OM Division Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner, Academy of Management, 2012
  • Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award, 2012
  • Fisher College of Business Pace Setter Research Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor, 2010
  • Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award, Decision Sciences Institute, 2007

MBA 6273 - Data Analysis for Managers

Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business.  Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making.

7233 - Global Sourcing

Focus on major decisions related to Global Sourcing. Discuss ownership and location, then study fundamental trade-offs in sourcing, including whether a buyer should employ relational or transactional arrangements with suppliers and vendors.

  • J.V. Gray, A.V. Roth, and B. Tomlin, "Quality Risk and Contract Manufacturing: Theory and Empirical Evidence"
  • B. Massimino, J.V. Gray and K.K. Boyer, "Protecting the Confidentiality of Proprietary Assets: The Effects of Industrial Agglomeration and National Property Rights"
  • J. Altamuro, J.V. Gray and H. Zhang, "A Commitment to Compliance: An Examination of Financial and Operational Noncompliance for FDA-Regulated Industries"
  • J.V. Gray, G. Esenduran, J. Rungtusanatham, and K. Skowronski, "Why in the World Did They Reshore? Examining Small-to-Medium Sized Manufacturer Decisions"
  • A.V. Roth, J.V. Gray, J. Shockley, and H. Weng, "The Use of Secondary Source Data for Measuring Performance in Operations Management Research"
  • J. Baird, J.V. Gray, and M.J. Leiblein, "Synergies in High-Tech Production: A New Model of Complex FDI and Sourcing"


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