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Christopher W. Craighead

Department: Supply Chain Management, Global Supply Chain Institute

Title: John H. "Red" Dove Professor in Supply Chain Management, Haslam Family 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 at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. His primary research interest is strategic supply chain management with focuses on supply chain disruptions and buyer-supplier exchanges. 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 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. He has been a frequent speaker to managerial audiences participating in a number of executive programs (open enrollment and custom).

Professor Craighead serves as the Logistics Department Editor at Decision Sciences, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Supply Chain Management and Journal of Business Logistics and an Editorial Review Board Member at Production and Operations Management and Journal of Operations Management. 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

Global Supply Disruptions, Risk, Continuity, Resiliency and Security; Strategic Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Management


Dove Professor of Supply chain Management