University of Tennessee

Christopher W. Craighead

Department: Global Supply Chain Institute, Supply Chain Management

Title: John H. "Red" Dove Professor in Supply Chain Management and Cheryl Massingale Faculty Research Fellow


1990 East Tennessee State University, B.S. Computer Science

1993 East Tennessee State University, M.B.A Business Administration

1998 Clemson University, Ph.D. Operations Management

Christopher W. Craighead is the Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management (SCM) at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. Professor Craighead’s primary research interest is strategic supply chain management with a focus on supply chain disruptions, buyer-supplier exchanges, service recovery and the supply chain-entrepreneurship interface. Professor Craighead’s articles have been published in Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Transportation Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and other journals. Craighead has received several research fellowships, competitive research grants, and research awards.

Professor Craighead has extensive teaching experience in terms of various audiences and course content. He teaches Strategic Sourcing in the undergraduate program, Supply Chain Strategy in the Online Masters in SCM and Theoretical and Research Foundations in the PhD program. Professor Craighead has served as dissertation chair for seven students in three universities. He has received awards for teaching excellence at four universities.

Professor Craighead serves as the Logistics Department Editor at Decision Sciences, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management and a Senior Editor at Journal of Business Logistics. He has received multiple awards for reviewing and editing excellence, including Best Associate Editor Awards from Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences.

Research Focus

Supply Chain Strategy, Supply Chain Disruptions, Service Recovery, Buyer-Supplier Exchanges, and Supply Chain-Entrepreneurship Interface


Dove Professor of Supply Chain Management

Vallett Family Outstanding Research Award, 2021

Ozburn Award for Innovative Research, 2020

Ozburn Award for Innovative Research, 2017