Thomas J. Goldsby

Dr. Thomas J. Goldsby is Professor of Logistics at The Ohio State University.  He has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, and Iowa State University.  Dr. Goldsby holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Evansville, M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Logistics from Michigan State University.

Dr. Goldsby is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Journal, the oldest academic journal in the field of business logistics.  He serves as Associate Director of the Center for Operational Excellence (COE), a Research Fellow of the National Center for the Middle Market, and a research associate of the Global Supply Chain Forum, all housed at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.  

His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies.  He has published more than 50 articles in academic and professional journals and serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings.  He is co-author of four books:  The Definitive Guide to Transportation (Financial Times, 2013), Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management (Financial Times, 2013), The Design and Management of Sustainable Supply Chains (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success (J. Ross Publishing, 2005), with translations in Chinese, Korean, and Russian.  Dr. Goldsby is a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the Transportation Journal (2012-2013), Bernard J. LaLonde Award at the Journal of Business Logistics (2007), and has twice received the Accenture Award for best paper published in the International Journal of Logistics Management (1998 and 2002).

 He has received recognition for excellence in teaching at Iowa State University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Kentucky.  He was recently recognized as one of the most productive researchers all-time in the field of Logistics Management.

Dr. Goldsby is a member of the selection committees for the following industry awards:  Gartner’s Top 25 Supply Chains, CSCMP’s Supply Chain Innovation Award, Logistics Quarterly magazine’s Sustainability Study and Awards program, and the University of Kentucky’s Corporate Sustainability Awards.  Dr. Goldsby has supervised more than 100 Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired six Ph.D. dissertations, and served as an investigator on five federally funded research projects, exceeding $1 million in grant proceeds.

Areas of expertise

  • Logistics customer service
  • Supply chain integration
  • Lean and agile supply chain strategies


  • PhD, Michigan State University
  • MBA, The University of Kentucky
  • BBA, The University of Evansville


  • E-mail


    (614) 292-0879

    Department of Marketing & Logistics
    Fisher College of Business
    The Ohio State University
    536 Fisher Hall
    2100 Neil Avenue
    Columbus, OH 43210