Terry Esper

Associate Professor of Logistics

Marketing & Logistics

Background

Dr. Terry L. Esper is Associate Professor of Logistics in the Department of Marketing and Logistics at the Fisher College of Business of The Ohio State University. Esper has previously served as the Oren Harris Endowed Chair of Logistics and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management (SCM) at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton College of Business, Executive Director of the Walton College SCM Research Center, and was a SCM professor at the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business.

Dr. Esper is a member of the Ohio State University Faculty Council and University Senate. He also serves on various committees within the Department of Marketing and Logistics, and contributes to the Fisher College via a number of committee appointments and special project teams.

In addition to his full-time academic activities, Esper also serves as an adjunct faculty content expert for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business CIMBA Italy Program. He also maintains global academic engagement, having served on faculty at the University of Verona (Italy), as a key faculty liaison with Universidad Santa Maria de Antigua (Panama) and ESSEC Business School (France), and as a faculty leader for study abroad programs to Panama.

Esper has published several articles on strategic SCM topics in leading academic and managerial outlets. His work combines Logistics and Marketing concepts to investigate how firms can leverage supply chain and logistics operations to differentiate themselves in their competitive marketplaces. Topical themes of his research include studies on supply chain strategy, relationship management, customer service, online retail, leadership, and corporate culture.  Esper is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Logistics, and the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Esper also leverages his research and experiential insights to engage in executive education, corporate training, and industry outreach. Esper is a member of Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), a global organization for supply chain executives and scholars. He serves as Chair of the CSCMP Academic Strategies Committee.  Esper is also a resident Educational Advisor to several companies in the pharmaceutical and personal care industry, to include Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, and Estee Lauder. He serves on the Board of Directors of CBUS Retail, a Columbus, OH-based retail industry think tank, and is on several academic Advisory Boards. Esper also speaks at corporate events around the world and does regular executive-level educational sessions and workshops through the Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence, the Ohio State University Risk Institute, and the University of Arkansas SCM Research Center. These activities have allowed for regular educational engagements with companies such as Walmart, Procter & Gamble, JB Hunt, Tyson Foods, Unilever, Kellogg, Nationwide Insurance, Apple, Lowe’s, and the US Department of Defense.

Prior to his academic career, Esper worked for Hallmark Cards as a Transportation Manager and for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in their Research and Statewide Planning Divisions.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • M.B.A., University of Arkansas
  • B.S., Philander Smith College

Courses

  • BUSML 3380 - Logistics Management

    Concepts and methods used to plan and manage logistics activities in a business environment. Understanding of the components of logistics management and tradeoffs required to manage the integrated flow of goods through the supply chain. Prereq: Econ 2001.01 (200), or equivalent; and 2002.01 (201), or equivalent. Not open to students with credit for 780 or to students enrolled in UUSS, UExp, or PreBSBA-PR.

  • BUSML 7381 - Logistics Decision Making

    This case-based course will prepare students to make data-driven decisions on key logistics issues and then make these decisions actionable through a focus on appropriate solution methods needed to achieve firm financial goals. Prereq: 7380.

  • BUSMHR 7010 - Advanced topics in Multinational Business

    Examination of topics in international business, including the role of cultural and political systems, trade and FDI, and multinational enterprise. Prereq: MBA 6261 (820). Not open to students with credit for BusAdm 856.