James A. Hill is the Department Chair of Operations and Business Analytics and professor of operations management. He is the managing director for Ascend Columbus, a partnership with the University of Washington, Northwestern University, and JP Morgan Chase to develop minority businesses nationwide. Hill teaches elective courses in supply chain management in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He has twice received the outstanding professor for teaching excellence in the full time MBA program for the core operations management course and his elective course in matching supply with demand. He was a recipient of the Pace Setters Graduate teaching award.
Hill is primarily interested in supply chain management with an emphasis on supply chain coordination. His research on coordination covers areas such as behavioral supply chain contracts as well as coordinating and managing supplier diversity. His current research examines how intermediaries, more specifically nonprofit organizations, and universities design processes to enable minority business growth. Hill also does research on operations planning and control in food process industry environments with a focus on product complexity. His articles have appeared in Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and the European Journal of Operational Research, among others.
Hill has extensive work experience in various management positions. His research and education in supply chain management and operations planning and control have included engagements with PepsiCo., Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Nestle, Sherwin Williams, Agrana Fruit U.S., Greif, JP Morgan Chase, and Kellogg, among others.
Areas of Expertise
- Operations planning and control
- Behavioral contracts
- Supply chain management
- Process industries