Erin McKie is an Assistant Professor of Management Science. She joined the Fisher School of Business in 2017 after earning a Ph.D. in Production and Operations Management from the University of South Carolina. Erin is also affiliated with the Institute for Materials Research, a university-wide initiative focused on generating high-impact sustainability research.

Erin’s research is currently focused in the areas of sustainable operations, closed loop supply chains, and environmental regulations. Her current projects focus on implementation challenges firms and government agencies face when pursuing product reuse and recovery initiatives. In addition to research, Erin teaches the core undergraduate course in operations management. Her classroom experience also includes courses in the areas of Global Sourcing, Service Process Design, and Business Analytics.

Erin’s work has been presented at numerous practitioner and industry conferences, including Decision Sciences, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, and the Production and Operations Management Society annual meetings, where she has also served as a session chair.

Prior to returning to academia, Erin 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, 2017
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of South Carolina, 2009




  • Sustainablity issues in operations management
  • Implementation challenges associated with environmental regulations
  • Interface between Operations and Marketing functions
  • Retail Operations

Working Papers

  • E. McKie, M. Ferguson, M. Galbreth, and S. Venkataraman, “How Do Consumers Choose Between Multiple Product Generations and Conditions: An Empirical Study of iPad Sales on eBay” – Invited for 2nd round review at Production and Operations Management
  • E. McKie, G. Shang, M. Ferguson, and M. Galbreth, “Using Transactions Data to Improve Consumer Returns Forecasting.”
  • E. McKie, M. Ferguson, M. Galbreth, “Promoting E-Recycling: Effects of Electronic-waste Legislation and Consumer Traits on Recycling Outcomes.”