Chad W. Autry is the FedEx Corporation Endowed Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Autry holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with focus in Supply Chain Management from the University of Oklahoma, an M.B.A. with focus on International Business from Oklahoma City University, and a B.B.A in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma.
Autry’s business background includes multiple experiences in retail and restaurant operations management and in information technology consulting. During his academic career, he has worked with and for numerous professional and civic organizations related to supply chain process improvement, including American Airlines, IBM, Goodwill Industries, and multiple agencies within the US Department of Defense. He has assumed active leadership roles at local and national levels for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, the Warehousing Education and Research Council, the Production and Operations Management Society, the Institute for Supply Management, the National Association of Purchasing Managers, and the Supply Chain Management and Industrial Distribution Symposium.
Autry’s current research focuses primarily on supply chain network design and strategy, with specific attention placed on issues related to relationship integration and technological connectivity across multiple firms simultaneously. He is author of over 70 peer reviewed studies in academic outlets and is a past Editor in Chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. He has made numerous media appearances related to emerging supply chain issues and has been characterized as a "supply chain futurist" in professional publications and conferences. He is a frequent speaker on many supply chain related topics, and is currently the Department Head of the UT program.