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        Beth Davis-Sramek

        Gayle Parks Forehand Professor in Supply Chain ManagementDepartment of Supply Chain Management ChairDepartment of Supply Chain Management


        Research Interests and Areas of Expertise

        Global Supply Chain Strategy Sourcing (Offshoring) Decisions Supply Chain Management in Transition Economies Sustainable Supply Chain Management Consumer Responses to Sustainable Operations Regulatory and Policy Implications for Supply Chain


        • PhD, Logistics and Marketing, University of Tennessee, 2006
        • MBA, Tennessee Technological University, 1994
        • BS Finance, Tennessee Technological University, 1992

        Professional Activities

        “Dr. D.” is the Gayle Parks Forehand Professor in supply chain management.  After spending several years in industry in new product development, service operations, and sales, she saw the need for a more holistic management approach that integrated traditional functional boundaries. Her passion for scholarship was ignited in the doctoral program when she applied these observations to rigorous, industry-based research in the growing field of supply chain management.

        Davis-Sramek’s research has been published in leading academic outlets such as the Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, and International Journal of Logistics Management. A 2019 peer-reviewed article offered a network analysis of over 3,000 global supply chain researchers, and she was ranked #25 in her ability to develop hubs of  connectivity and informational bridges to produce future research.  

        Her commitment to scholarship extends to the supply chain discipline through her service as the co-editor in chief for the Journal of Business Logistics,  associate editor for the Journal of Supply Chain Management, and  editorial board member of the International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. She has served in various leadership roles in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, her favorite being the chair of the Doctoral Symposium, an annual event that connects young scholars from around the world.

        Her love of academia also extends into the classroom, where she applies a case-study approach to help students have a holistic understanding of supply chain challenges and opportunities in the global landscape. Grounded in the core tenets of capitalism, she emphasizes sustainable supply chain management, which emphasizes the need for firms to meet the needs of customers at a profit, while also addressing the environmental and social concerns of the firm’s various stakeholders.  

        When she isn’t wearing her professor hat, she could be traveling, writing, or studying theology—but most of all, she enjoys being in the Loveliest Village on the Plains with her husband Chris and her two children, Hunter and Lexi.  

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