Joseph D. Blackburn

Joseph D. Blackburn

James A. Speyer Professor of Production Management Emeritus

Research Interests/Areas of Expertise

Time-based competition, accelerating the new product development process, and sustainable supply chains

Subject Areas

Operations Management & Quantitative Methods

Biography

From Assistant Professor to Acting Dean, Professor Blackburn has served Owen in many capacities over the years, but his expertise in time-based competition remains constant.    

Awards & Accomplishments

Joe was a Founder’s Medalist at Vanderbilt, a Fellow in the Production and Operations Management Society, and winner of the Outstanding Professor award in the Executive MBA program. He also won the Jo Van Nunen Prize for Pioneering Research in Sustainable Supply Chains from the Closed-Loop Supply Chain Research Society in 2016.

Leadership

Joe has sat on the editorial boards of Production and Operations Management Journal, and the Journal of Operations Management.  He also served as President and member of the Executive Board of the Production and Operations Management Society.

Publications

Joe has been published in numerous journals, including Decision Sciences, Production and Operations Management, Management Science, and the Journal of Operations Management. He is also the author of Time-Based Competition: The Next Battleground in American Manufacturing.

On A Personal Note...

Joe began his career working as a Chemical Engineer for Eastman Kodak.


Research Interests

Joe is an authority on time-based competition, accelerating the new product development process, and sustainable supply chains.

Education

Ph.D, Operations Research, Stanford University, 1971

M.S, Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1964

B.S, Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1963

Select Publications

Articles

Reverse Supply Chains for Commercial Returns

Blackburn, J.D., Guide, V.D., Souza, G.C. & Van Wassenhove, L.N. (2004). Reverse Supply Chains for Commercial Returns. California Management Review, vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 1-17.

Supply Chain Strategies for Perishable Products

Blackburn, J.D. and G.D. Scudder (2009), Supply Chain Strategies for Perishable Products: The Case of Fresh Produce, Production and Operations Management, 18,2,129-137.

Valuing Time in Supply Chains: Establishing Limits of Time-based Competition

Blackburn, J. (2012). Valuing Time in Supply Chains: Establishing Limits of Time-based Competition, Journal of Operations Management, 30, 5, 396-405.

Time Value of Commercial Product Returns

Souza, G.C., Guide, V.D., Van Wassenhove, L.N. % Blackburn, J.D. (2006). Time Value of Commercial Product Returns. Management Science, 52, 8, 1200-1214.

Decision Support for Lead Time and Demand Variability Reduction

Fang, X., Zhang, C., Robb, D.J. and Blackburn, J. (2012). Decision Support for Lead Time and Demand Variability Reduction, Omega (in press) http://dx.doi.org.10.1016/j.omega.2012.03.005

Analysis and management of periodic review, order-up-to level Inventory Systems with Order Crossover

Bischak, D.P, Robb, D.L., Silver, E.A., and Blackburn, J.D. (2012). Analysis and Management of Periodic Review, Order-up-to Level Inventory Systems with Order Crossover, in review at Production and Operations Management.

Managing Variable Used Product Condition: Optimal Sorting Policies for Remanufacturing

Galbreth, M. andn Blackburn, J.D. (2006). Managing Variable Used Product Condition: Optimal Sorting Policies for Remanufacturing. Production and Operations Management, 15, 3, 384-392.

Optimal Acquisition Quantities in Remanufacturing with Condition Uncertainty

Galbreth, M. and Blackburn, J.D. (2010). Optimal Acquisition Quantities in Remanufacturing with Condition Uncertainty, Production and Operations Management, 19, 1, 61-69.

Offshore Remanufacturing with Variable Used Product Condition

Galbreth, M. and Blackburn, J.D. (2010). Offshore Remanufacturing with Variable Used Product Condition. Decision Sciences, 41,1,5-20.