Erin McKie is an Assistant Professor in the Management Sciences department. She joined the Fisher School of Business in 2017 after earning a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business. Dr. McKie is also affiliated with the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), a university-wide initiative focused on advancing technologies needed for sustainable manufacturing.

McKie's research is focused in the areas of sustainable operations, closed loop supply chains, and environmental regulations. In recent, her research has focused on challenges organizations face when pursuing product reuse initiatives. Topics she has worked on include examining consumers' valuations of sustainable products, identifying the optimal structure of environmental regulations, understanding the implications of selling new and remanufactured products simultaneously, and developing analytical models to better predict consumer returns. In addition to research, McKie teaches the core undergraduate course in operations management. Her classroom experience includes courses in the areas of business analytics, global sourcing, operations management, and service process design.

McKie’s work has been presented at several practitioner and industry conferences, including DSI, INFORMS, and POMS annual meetings, where she has also served as a session chair. Prior to returning to academia, McKie worked as a management consultant for Unum Group in the areas of operations, business systems, and strategy development.


  • Ph.D., Production and Operations Management, University of South Carolina
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of South Carolina




  • Sustainablity issues in operations management
  • Material reuse and recovery
  • Environmental regulations
  • Energy management technologies


  • McKie, E.C., Ferguson, M., Galbreth, M., and Venkataraman, S. 2018. How do Consumers Choose between Multiple Product Generations and Conditions? An Empirical Study of iPad Sales on eBay. Forthcoming at Production and Operations Management.

Working Papers

  • Shang, G., McKie, E.C., Ferguson, M., and Galbreth, M. Using Transactions Data to Improve Consumer Returns Forecasting. Under Review.
  • McKie, E. C., Ferguson, M., and Galbreth, M. Promoting E-Recycling: Effects of Electronic-waste Legislation and Consumer Traits on Recycling Outcomes. In Progress.


  • BUSMGT 3230 - Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations

    Introduction to operations and supply chain management to improve manufacturing and service organizations; analyzing, controlling and improving resources and processes to increase productivity, generate value-added output and meet business goals. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200), 2002.01 (201); and Stat 1430 (133) or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 3130 (430) or 630, or to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSMGT 7253 - Sustainable Operations

    Reviews several sustainable operations strategy models and examines different ways of adopting eco-efficiency principles into business operations through waste reduction and design for recovery. Highlights factors that promote these efforts, such as environmental laws and product returns. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program.