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Research

In recent years, the Department has averaged more than a dozen articles published in academic journals. Forty percent of those articles appeared in top research journals in marketing, logistics, and statistics. A study by the Society for Consumer Psychology showed that in a recent five-year period, the department published more articles in journals of primary interest to consumer researchers than any Big Ten school but Northwestern. In fact, we were ranked sixth nationally in that survey.

Our faculty include a past Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research, the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of The International Journal of Logistics Management, and the founder and first editor of the Journal of Business Logistics. In addition, our faculty serve on the editorial boards of the four top academic journals in marketing and ten other research journals, and several have received awards for excellence in manuscript reviewing.

The department also houses two research centers. The Global Supply Chain Forum, directed by Professor Douglas M. Lambert, provides the opportunity for leading practitioners and academics to pursue the critical issues related to customer satisfaction and operational excellence independent of specific functional expertise. The Forum supports research and publications focused on real world applications and experience of particular relevance to its corporate members, who are senior executives of firms recognized as being on the leading edge of their respective industries.

The Supply Chain Management Research Group, led by Professors Bernard J. La Londe and James L. Ginter, conducts relevant business research that is valuable to supporting organizations, students, and faculty. The research focuses on increasing knowledge in the public domain in the form of working papers, presentations, and publications. Supporting organizations have immediate access to findings and viewpoints from working closely with the research teams formed around specific topics.

Faculty members have received many awards for their research including the Maynard Award which is given to the author of the Journal of Marketing article that makes the greatest contribution to marketing, the Frank Bass Award that is given by TIMS/ORSA for the best article in Marketing Science, Management Science or Operations Research based on a dissertation, best paper in International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, Council of Logistics Management Founders Award for the article that has made a profound impact on the theory and practice of logistics management, best academic paper presented at American Marketing Association summer conference, and two recipients in separate years of the Andersen Consulting Award for the outstanding paper in the International Journal of Logistics Management.