John  Gray

John Gray

Associate Professor of Operations
Associate Director, Center for Operational Excellence

Center for Operational Excellence (COE)

Management Sciences

Background

John Gray is an associate professor of operations. He joined Fisher after receiving his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked for eight years in operations management at Procter & Gamble, receiving an MBA from Wake Forest University’s evening program during that time. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Dartmouth College and its Thayer School of Engineering.

Dr. Gray teaches the core MBA Data Analysis class and an MBA and undergraduate elective called Strategic Global Sourcing. The students awarded him “Outstanding Full-time MBA Core Faculty” for Data Analysis in 2015 and "Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor" for Global Sourcing in 2010. A student project from Global Sourcing led to a co-authored case (Scotts Miracle-Gro: The Spreader Sourcing Decision) that has been widely adopted.

Dr. Gray’s research has been published in top multi-disciplinary management journals, including Decision Sciences, Management Science and Organization Science; and top operations and supply chain journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Production and Operations Management. His research has received several awards. In 2012, a co-authored paper on global food supply chains received the Emerald Citations of Excellence award, recognizing its impact. Two of his papers were awarded the OM Division's Chan Hahn best paper award at the Academy of Management conference (2012 and 2014). Within Fisher, he received the 2011 Pace Setters award for research and was named to the inaugural class of Dean’s Faculty Fellows in 2014, a distinction he will hold until 2017.

In addition to service to his department and the university, he serves as a department editor for the Journal of Operations Management’s Strategy and Organization Department and a senior editor for Production and Operations Management’s Industry Studies and Public Policy Department. Among his service to professional societies, he is serving a five-year leadership role for the Academy of Management’s OM Division from 2014-2018.


Awards

  • Outstanding Full-time Core MBA Faculty, 2015
  • OM Division Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner, Academy of Management, 2014
  • OM Division Chan Hahn Best Paper Award Winner, Academy of Management, 2012
  • Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award, 2012
  • Fisher College of Business Pace Setter Research Award, 2011
  • Outstanding Working Professional MBA Elective Professor, 2010
  • Elwood S. Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award, Decision Sciences Institute, 2007

Areas of Expertise

  • Antecedents and consequences of outsourcing, offshoring, and reshoring
  • The relationship between boundaries (organizational and geographic) and quality risk
  • Managing quality across organizational and geographic boundaries
  • Sustaining quality performance over time

Education

  • PhD in Business Administration, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MBA, Babcock School of Graduate Management, Wake Forest University
  • BS in Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • BA in Engineering Sciences, Dartmouth College

Publications

PUBLISHED PAPERS

Working Papers

  •  See CV

 

Courses

  • BUSMGT 7233 - Strategic Global Sourcing

    Focuses on major decisions related to global sourcing, starting with ownership (make-buy) and location (offshore-onshore). Among other topics, students explore fundamental trade-offs in sourcing organization, such as centralizing or decentralizing. Prereq: MBA 6231 and 6232, and enrollment in MBA, WPMBA, or MBLE program. Not open to students with credit for 837.

  • MBA 6270 - Data Analysis for Managers-EMBA

    Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business. Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making. Prereq: Enrollment in Executive MBA program or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 870.

  • MBA 6273 - Data Analysis for Managers

    Introduction to data analysis and statistics for business. Emphasis on achieving an application-oriented understanding of statistical inference and regression analysis and their use in decision making. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA or WPMBA program, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 6271 or 870.

  • BUSMGT 4263 - Strategic Global Sourcing

    This course focuses on the strategic design and management of the global supply base. The course focuses on identifying and understanding risks and uncertainties related to make-buy, location, and on-going supplier management. Beyond that, it focuses on cross-functional decision-making under risk and uncertainty in this context. Prereq: 2320 (330), 2321 (331), 3230 (630), AcctMIS 2200 (211), and 2300 (212); and BusMHR 2291, 2292, or BusADM 499.01.