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Thomas Goldsby

Thomas Goldsby

Co-Executive Director, Global Supply Chain Institute; Dee & Jimmy Haslam Chair in Logistics
Office Location: Room - 314, Stokely Management Center (865) 974-8010

Thomas J. Goldsby is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Chair in Logistics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. He is also the co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Evansville, an MBA from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in marketing and logistics from Michigan State University.

Goldsby serves as co-executive director of the Global Supply Chain Institute. He is a former co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Logistics and Transportation Journal. His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published more than 90 articles in academic and professional journals and is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars and professional meetings.

Goldsby is co-author of five books: Logistics Management: Enhancing Competitiveness and Customer Value, The Definitive Guide to Transportation, Global Macrotrends and Their Impact on Supply Chain Management, Lean Six Sigma Logistics: Strategic Development to Operational Success ( and The Design and Management of Sustainable Supply Chains.

A recipient of multiple best paper awards, Goldsby has been recognized for excellence in teaching at UT, The Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky and Iowa State University. In 2019, he was named a Rainmaker by DC Velocity and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Supply Chain Leaders in Action (SCLA). Goldsby delivered a course on business operations for The Great Courses’ Critical Business Skills series in 2015, which continues to rate as a bestselling nonfiction/business title at and was ranked by Newsweek as No. 27 on its list of Top 50 bestsellers (#27) among all audiobooks for summer 2020.

Goldsby has supervised more than 100 Lean/Six Sigma supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired eight doctoral dissertations and served as an investigator on multiple federally funded research projects exceeding $3.5 million in grant proceeds.


Global Supply Chain Institute


1998 Michigan State University, Ph.D., Business Administration

1993 University of Kentucky, M.B.A., Economics and Transportation

1992 University of Evansville, B.S., Economics and Finance


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