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Thomas Goldsby

Thomas Goldsby

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

Thomas J. Goldsby is the Dee and Jimmy Haslam Chair of Logistics and Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Evansville, an MBA from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in marketing and logistics from Michigan State University. Goldsby is among the most respected and sought-after authorities on all matters of logistics and supply chain management. His perspectives are routinely presented in business and popular news media. Along with Ted Stank, he co-hosts the “Tennessee on Supply Chain Management” podcast.

Goldsby serves as co-executive director for the Global Supply Chain Institute and directs the MS-SCM Tricon program at Haslam. He is immediate-past co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Business Logistics and editor emeritus of Transportation Journal. His research interests include logistics strategy, supply chain integration, B2C logistics operations and the theory and practice of lean and agile supply chain strategies. He has published more than 100 articles in academic and professional journals and has authored six books on various aspects of logistics and supply chain management. He serves as a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars and professional meetings around the world, having conducted executive programs on every continent – except Antarctica. In 2015, Goldsby delivered a course on business operations for The Great Courses’ Critical Business Skills series, which continues to be rated as a bestselling nonfiction/business title at

A recipient of multiple best paper awards, Goldsby has also received recognition for excellence in teaching at the University of Tennessee, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky and Iowa State University. In 2019, he was recognized as a “Rainmaker” by DC Velocity magazine and received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from Supply Chain Leaders in Action.

Goldsby has supervised more than 100 supply chain projects with industry partners, chaired eight PhD dissertations and served as an investigator on multiple federally funded research projects, exceeding $4.5 million in grant proceeds. In his spare time, Goldsby competes as one of the top masters runners (over 40) in America for distances between the mile and the marathon. A Hoosier native, he resides in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, with his wife, Kathleen, and their wonderpup Dandylion.


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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