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Michael Galbreth

Michael Galbreth

Professor and Department Head, Pilot Corporation Chair of Excellence
Office Location: Room - 241, Stokely Management Center 865-974-9311

Michael Galbreth received his B.S. from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Prior to returning to academia, he was a manager in the Atlanta office of KPMG Consulting. Galbreth has taught in undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. programs on topics including business analytics, operations management, information systems, and circular economy. Before joining UT, he spent 12 years on the faculty of the University of South Carolina, where he was a seven-time winner of the IMBA outstanding professor award. Galbreth has also taught MBA courses at Vanderbilt University, Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), and Chonnam National University (South Korea).

Galbreth is a Department Editor for Retail Operations at Decision Sciences and a Senior Editor for Sustainable Operations at Production & Operations Management. His research has appeared in Management Science, Marketing Science, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Operations Management, Production & Operations Management, Journal of Management Information Systems, Interfaces, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Business Logistics, Decision Sciences, and others. Galbreth’s current research activities are focused on retail operations, consumer returns, the circular economy, and the interface between marketing and operations. In 2010 he was named a Fulbright Scholar and served as the Fulbright Enders Visiting Research Chair at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Galbreth has consulted with a wide variety of companies, with a focus on building analytical decision models and developing analytics training materials and programs.


2006 Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., Operations Management

1996 University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.S., Business Administration Management