Kenneth Boyer

Fisher Designated Professor of Operations and Business Analytics

Operations and Business Analytics


Dr. Ken Boyer is a professor of operations management. He came to Fisher in 2008 from Michigan State University, where he was a professor in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. From 2006-11, he was the co-editor in chief of theJournal of Operations Management, one of the five highest-ranking management journals in the field and the premiere scholarly journal for operations and supply chain management. He has memberships in the Academy of Management, Production and Operations Management Society and the Decision Sciences Institute. 

Dr. Boyer’s professional activities include serving in several leadership positions within DSI and the Academy of Management. He has published more than 50 journal articles on health-care operations, e-commerce and technology management.  His work has been cited more 12,000 times.

Dr. Boyer has given invited presentations in nine different countries and been quoted in several prominent periodicals, including the New York Times,Business 2.0 , the Chicago Tribune and USA Today


  • INFORMS-Industry Studies Association Best Paper Prize, 2012 selected out of 843 papers published in INFORMS journals in 2012.
  • OM Division Distinguished Scholar, Academy of Management, 2010
  • John D. and Dortha J. Withrow Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University, 2007  
  • Outstanding MBA Second-year Professor, 2005 
  • Chan Hahn Award for best paper, 1997  
  • Stan Hardy Award for best paper, Decision Sciences, Journal of Operations Management, 1996

Areas of Expertise

Logistics/Supply Chain Management
  • Distribution Systems
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Supply Chain Integration
Production/Operations Management
  • E-commerce Operations
  • Mass Customization
  • Operations Strategy
  • Distribution Channels
  • Buyer-Supplier Relationship
  • Technology Management


  • PhD in Operations Management, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • MBA, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Brown University


Published Research


  • Kenneth Boyer and Rohit Verma, Operations and Supply Chain Management for the 21st Century, Cengage Southwestern Publishers (2010).
  • Kenneth K. Boyer, G. Tomas Hult, and Mark Frohlich, Extending the Supply Chain: How Cutting-Edge Companies Bridge the Critical Last Mile into Customers' Homes, AMACOM (2004).
  • Kenneth Boyer and Andrea’homme, “Chapter 5: A Comparison of In-Store vs. Online Grocery Customers,” Grocery E-commerce Consumer Behaviour and Business Strategy, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Niels Kornum and Mogens Bjerre, eds. (2005).
  • Kenneth Boyer, “Advanced Operations Technologies,” “Process Choice,” “Capacity Management” (modules), Value-Driven Operations: An Integrated, Modular Approach, McGraw-Hill, Steven Melnyk and Morgan Swink (2002).


BUSOBA 8234 - Innovation Management
Doctoral research seminar: Critical analysis of research in portfolio management, NPD, managing NPD teams, distributed and platform innovation, and innovation implementation. Prereq: Enrollment in BusAdm PhD program.
BUSOBA 8236 - Service Operations I
Doctoral research seminar: critical analysis of research in designing effective service delivery models, service quality, measuring service performance, service profit chains. Prereq: Enrollment in BusAdm PhD program.
BUSOBA 4254 - Projects in Sustainable Supply Chains
This course seeks to examine and build awareness regarding more sustainable business processes through a combination of two methods: Student reading of several current published works in various areas of sustainability, coupled with in-class debate and discussion and student experiential learning. Students will be working in teams of 3 to 5 students on a project with a sponsoring company. Prereq or concur: AEDEcon 3105 or BusOBA 3230 or BusML 3380.
BUSOBA 8230 - Strategic Management of Operations I
Doctoral research seminar: critical analysis of research studies in different areas of operations management; linking operations to the corporate strategy, dimensions of operations strategy. Prereq: Enrollment in BusAdm PhD program.
BUSOBA 8239 - Supply Chain Management II
Doctoral research seminar: critical analysis of research in buyer-supplier contracts, matching supply and demand, behavioral issues in supply chain. Prereq: Enrollment in BusAdm PhD program.
MBA 6233 - Operations Management
Operations Management (MBA 6233) is designed to provide a solid foundation and deeper understanding of how the operations function contributes to ensuring effective and efficient flow of materials and information within and outside the organization. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, or permission of instructor.