Executive Director of Supply Chain Resource Cooperative and Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Editor emeritus, Journal of Operations Management
Department of Business Management
Supply Chain Management
2806-A Hillsborough St. Building 217
Rob Handfield is the Bank of America University Distinguished Professor of Supply Chain Management at North Carolina State University and director of the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (http://scrc.ncsu.edu). He also serves as an adjunct professor with the Supply Chain Management Research Group at the Manchester Business School.
Handfield is the consulting editor of the Journal of Operations Management, one of the leading supply chain management journals in the field, and is the author of several books on supply chain management, the most recent being Supply Market Intelligence, Supply Chain Re-Design and Introduction to Supply Chain Management (Prentice Hall, 1999, 25,000 copies sold, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, and Korean). He has co-authored textbooks for MBA and undergraduate classes including Purchasing and Supply Chain Management 3rd revision (with Robert Monczka) and Operations and Supply Chain Management (with Cecil Bozarth). Handfield was identified as one of a handful of individuals in the 2007 “Pros to Know” list compiled by Supply and Demand Chain Executive journal :(http://www.sdcexec.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=1&id=9287). He is regularly quoted in periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Inc. Supply Chain Management Review, and other periodicals.
Handfield has consulted with over 25 Fortune 500 companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, Freightliner, Boston Scientific, Delphi, Chevron, British Petroleum, Nortel Networks, Chevron Phillips, Lyondell Chemical, Conoco Phillips, Federal Express, Milliken, and others. He has published more than 100 articles in top management journals including California Management Review, Sloan Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Operations Management, and Decision Sciences.
Handfield’s research with a number of leading SCM organizations across a variety of industries has identified that companies who excel in the consistent application of “best-in-class” supply management processes and practices, and becoming a customer of choice, have demonstrated significantly higher financial performance than their competitors. This performance of best-in-class organizations has not gone unnoticed by market analysts and has been amply rewarded by significant improvements in stock performance.
Handfield is considered a thought leader in the field of supply chain management, and is an industry expert in the field of strategic sourcing, supply market intelligence, and supplier development. He has spoken on these subjects across the globe, including China, Turkey, Latin America, Europe, Japan, Canada, and other locals.
Bachelor of Science Mathematics The University of British Columbia 1985
PhD Operations Management University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1990
Area(s) of Expertise
Supply Chain Management, COVID-19 Supply Chain, Vaccine Supply Chain, Global Sourcing
- Assessing Adoption Factors for Additive Manufacturing: Insights from Case Studies , LOGISTICS-BASEL (2022)
- Developing supply chain immunity for future pandemic disruptions , JOURNAL OF HUMANITARIAN LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT (2022)
- Effects of power use in buyer-supplier relationships: The moderating role of communication , INDUSTRIAL MARKETING MANAGEMENT (2022)
- Redesigning global supply chains during compounding geopolitical disruptions: the role of supply chain logics , INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT (2022)
- An Analytical Tool for Constructing and Evaluating Testing Strategic for COVID-19 , (2021)
- Blurry vision: Supply chain visibility for personal protective equipment during COVID-19* , JOURNAL OF PURCHASING AND SUPPLY MANAGEMENT (2021)
- Covid-19 response of an additive manufacturing cluster in Australia , SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL (2021)
- Double Blind Peer-Review in Logistics , LOGISTICS-BASEL (2021)
- Efficient and sustainable closed-loop supply chain network design: A two-stage stochastic formulation with a hybrid solution methodology , JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION (2021)
- Establishing Operational Norms for Labor Rights Standards Implementation in Low-Cost Apparel Production , SUSTAINABILITY (2021)
The long-term goal of this project is to ?enhance food security by increasing productivity and profitability for producers and improving intermediate elements of the system to increase access and affordability for consumers,? as described in the RFP. This integrated research, extension, and academic project co-led by NC State University and NC A&T State University through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) will work with a large grocery chain (Lowes Foods) and a military base (Fort Bragg), and within the existing large-scale wholesale distribution chain through which the vast majority of food travels, to determine the potential for conventional systems to join with emerging food hubs to address localized food system bottlenecks in a way that values sustainability and meets growing demand. We address short-term (e.g., GAPs certification, supply chain development) and long-term (e.g., military contract specifications) constraints, while also testing demand-side interventions to increase purchases of local foods across the socioeconomic spectrum. Research focuses on baseline assessments, economics and management, marketing, food access, and institutional change. Extension integration includes needs assessment, training and support, applied action-based research, consumer education, and resource development. Academic integration includes the development of a new course in the School of Management at NC State focusing on local food systems value chains, and developing value-chain career-ladder opportunities for apprentices, interns and service-learning students. This project will lead to nationally replicable models that have the potential to significantly increase consumer access to local foods.
A mixed methods research design is proposed to provide the fundamental knowledge for building an effective Social Responsibility Index (SRI) mechanism. To create the SRI, we propose three major research components: first, we propose employing desk and field research to establish a refined set of social responsibility criteria based on secondary data and second, we will conduct a series of Delphi surveys among experts representing the primary stakeholder groups including factory owners, auditors, brand compliance officers and additional entities. Finally, inputs from this research will generate the SRI framework. Concurrently, two consumer behavior studies will be deployed: a series of consumer experiments using an online crowdsourcing service to gain initial insights into consumersÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ perceptions for CSR; followed by a series of focused lab experiments. Findings from the online and lab experiments will inform the design of the SRI.
This project will help optimize COVID19 test kit distribution and allocation planning, to produce optimal outcomes for rapid testing of the population. We will conduct supply base research as input into a 50-state distribution model to inform decision-makers in how to connect suppliers of materials to testing centers, and develop a second model for testing of patients who may have contracted the virus. This model would be used to inform test manufacturers, distributors, public health officials, hospitals and commercial laboratories with testing capabilities, as well as state and federal government decision-makers.
The Institute of Treasportation Research and Education at NC State University will work with the NC State Ports Authority who is seeking to expand their capacity and ability to position themselves for growth.
Led by the Department of Forest Biomaterials in collaboration with the Departments of Forestry, Business Management and Science Education at NC State University; this proposal will develop an educational program for a new generation of technology-to-commercialization researchers who will graduate with the expertise to perform risk analysis and develop risk management strategies across the value chain of biomass supply, biobased materials, and biofuels manufacturing to meet current and future national needs that will ultimately advance the nascent bioeconomy of the United States. Previous studies indicate that a limited number of companies in the forest product industry perform risk analysis for their decision-making process. We do believe that this small adoption rate is due to lack of awareness of the importance of risk analysis and risk management for effective/efficient R&D planning and investment and lack of expertise (people trained) to perform risk analysis across the whole supply chain. This proposal supports TESA in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œAgricultural Management and EconomicsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â, in the discipline of Environmental Sciences/Management. Three Ph.D. students will be trained to analyze and propose mitigation strategies for current and future risks inherent to the bioeconomy. To considerably amplify the effect of this proposal, prospective fellows and project directors will deliver educational workshops in risk analysis and management targeting the biobased community across the U.S., while the proposal is expected to be completed in three years, project director expects to keep the program as a permanent teaching/research program. This proposed program supports USDA-NIFA Goal ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCatalyze exemplary and relevant research, education and extension programsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â.
Given the scope and duration of this grant, we propose a rapid deployment methodology that will take advantage of existing resources available to the team, as well as our unique set of stakeholder relationships within the textile and apparel industries in Bangladesh and India. We envision this proposal as a scope of work serving as an exploratory planning grant, producing foundational insights that will serve as the basis for a broader study. That is, the outcome of this research will establish an initial set of hypotheses grounded in preliminary findings, that will be used as the basis for the development of a broader research design, using multiple data methodologies in the next phase of RFPÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s identified by GFEMS. Research conducted through this initial funding will result in a technical report highlighting these hypotheses and develop a detailed set of frameworks to guide direct future research efforts based on our initial work within the respective RFP timeframes.
The performer (NCSU) will assist the prime (Kairos Research LLC) on a research project aimed at developing hybrid-human machine algorithms for predicting hidden vulnerabilities in complex supply chain networks related to the ongoing US COVID-19 pandemic response (as well as future pandemics and other disruptive events).
The Asia Pacific region is forecasted to experience the major growth in production and demand for wipes (and thus wipe substrate) over the next 10-15 years. Even though production facilities in the region might be designed to meet local demand, it is possible that an overflow of substrate materials will affect the current trade flow and thus the industry in North America (NA). Similar market dynamics have been documented in the textile and pulp and paper industry. Therefore, it is important to analyze not only how the nonwovens supply chain will evolve but also how to minimize impacts for manufacturing facilities in NA as the wipe substrate overflows occur over the next decade. An adaptable supply chain and impact assessment model applicable to different types of nonwoven materials, using wipesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ substrate market segment as a case study, will enable the industry to design strategic scenarios to embrace market changes and build competitive advantages. To achieve this goal, we have assembled a team with expertise in supply chain, conversion economics, data analytics, and materials science. Milestones include identification of major drivers for growth and megatrends for NA and selected countries in Asia, development of a supply chain network for raw materials, forecasting of new production volumes and cost, and estimate their effect on the trade balance of wipesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ substrate. Additionally, the model will enable to perform combined data analysis (including psychographics) to recognize trends as well as identify substrates with the highest and lowest risk for competition in NA.
DO6 Supply Chain Analytical Framework.
The objectives of this research project are to: Review and synthesize the academic and practitioner literature on product complexity and its relevance to new product introduction (NPI) and order fulfillment activities, as well as connecting to best practice leaders in industry. This will culminate in a report that pulls together the following areas of information. 1) Defining product complexity 2) NPI activities and decisions that relate to product complexity 3) Approaches for minimizing non-value-added complexity 4) Identifying the key supply chain processes responsible for order fulfillment that are affected by product complexity, and describing the impact of complexity on the performance of these processes 5) Identifying potential measurement criteria that can be used to measure and manage the impact of product complexity on the above processes. 6) Identifying / developing preliminary structures for modeling the impact of product complexity on the key physical and information processes. Following literature searches, reviews and synthesis, leaders from multiple industries will be identified who excel at both reducing design complexity and developing accommodating processes to mitigate the impacts of design complexity. Structured interviews will be conducted and lessons learned will be developed.
- Rob Handfield Predicts the Aftermath of the CHIPS Act (August 19, 2022)
- Rob Handfield on the Use of AI Technology in the Procurement Process (August 16, 2022)
- Rob Handfield on the Effects of Expensive Plastics on Health Care (July 8, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Predicts Price Increases and Shortages Until 2024 (June 2, 2022)
- Rob Handfield on Building Manufacturing Plans to Solve Supply Chain Issues (May 6, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Gives Insight on Why Convergence Strengthens Supply Chains (April 21, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Sees Supply Chain Relief Through Manufacturing Regrowth (April 21, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Explains Cold Supply Chains (April 18, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Summarizes the Flaws in the Medical Supply Chain (March 25, 2022)
- Rob Handfield on the Impact of Russia’s Ukraine Invasion on Gas Prices (February 25, 2022)
- Rob Handfield on How Winter Storms Will Affect Supply Chains (January 20, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Discusses the Many Issues Impacting the Future of Supply Chain (January 7, 2022)
- Rob Handfield Provides Strategies to Ease Port Congestion (December 16, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Addresses 5 Myths About the Supply Chain (December 2, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Lists 10 Ways to Outsmart the Supply Chain When Holiday Shopping (November 24, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Predicts Continued Inflation Amid Supply Chain Shortage (November 15, 2021)
- Rob Handfield: Shortages Caused Bottlenecks in Supply Chains (October 28, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Predicts Higher Costs for Consumers (October 15, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Sees Pharmaceutical Packaging Becoming a Problem (October 15, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains Pandemic is Not to Blame for Supply Chain Issues (October 15, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Breaks Down the Many Factors of Global Supply Chain Shortages (October 6, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Emphasizes the Need for Automation in the PPE Supply Chain System (October 6, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Doubts Price Fixing is Contributing to Higher Meat Prices (October 6, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains the Growing Demand for Computer Chips (September 30, 2021)
- Rob Handfield on Amazon’s Struggle with Bad Business Practices in China (September 23, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Sees Significant Impact in Plastic Industry After Hurricane Ida (September 17, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains How Supply Chain Issues Will Affect Holiday Shopping (September 9, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Predicts Continued Supply Chain Problems After Hurricane Ida (September 2, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains Why Car Shortage May Continue for Years (August 27, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains the Complexities of Re-Shoring Manufacturing to the U.S. (July 15, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Advises Waiting to Buy a Home Amid Decreasing Lumber Costs (July 2, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains Why US Companies are Struggling After Producing N95 Respirators During COVID (June 25, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Discusses Companies with the Most Effective Supply Chain Practices (June 14, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Warns that Vaccine Waste Can Be Used in Counterfeit Efforts (March 25, 2021)
- Rob Handfield: Texas Freeze Exposes Problems with Global Plastic Supply Chain (March 17, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains Rubber Shortage Slowing Vaccine Distribution (March 17, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Finds Lack of Coordination in National Vaccine Distribution (Feb.18, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Explains State Challenges with Vaccine Distribution (Feb. 18, 2021)
- Rob Handfield New Project to Develop Ethical Apparel Index (Feb. 12, 2021)
- Rob Handfield’s Vaccination Distribution Plan is to Work Backward from the Patient (Feb. 5, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Sees More Emphasis on Supply than Distribution of the COVID Vaccine (Jan 21, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Discusses Further Concerns with Vaccine Rollout Due to Supply Chain Problems (Jan. 21, 2021)
- Rob Handfield Talks COVID Strain on Healthcare Workers (2021)
- Rob Handfield on the New Players of Protective Gear for WRAL (July 23, 2020)
- Tom Linton About the Physics of Supply Chain and Paths to Become CPO (June 19, 2020)
- Rob Handfield Webinar on Vital Supply Chains in a Pandemic (May 20, 2020)
- Dogs or Ventilators: Where is the Real Shortage? (April 2, 2020)
- Rob Handfield on the Perilous State of Healthcare Supply Chain (April 2, 2020)
- Supply Chain Impacts – Where are All the N95 Masks? (April 1, 2020)
- Rob Handfield Assures Shoppers Grocery Supply Chains Are Strong (March 18, 2020)
- Rob Handfield’s 2020 Supply Chain Predictions (February 5, 2020)
- Rob Handfield, Pierre Mitchell Discuss What’s on the Minds of Today’s CPOs (Dec. 1, 2019)
- How Blockchain Technology Could Reshape Supply Chain Management (October 3, 2019)
- Professor Robert Handfield: Curiosity Drives His Quest for Knowledge; the SCRC Reflects His Commitment to Teaching (February 15, 2018)
- Harnessing the Power of Collaboration to Impact the Global Supply Chain (Summer 2018)