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Yemisi Bolumole

Yemisi Bolumole

Office Location: Room - 312, Stokely Management Center 865-974-5311

Yemisi Bolumole is the Ryder Professor of Supply Chain Management in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. Before this, she was an associate professor of supply chain management for the Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business and the director of the transportation and logistics program in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. Prior to joining academia, Bolumole worked in the oil/gas and third-party logistics sectors in operations management and business development. She earned her doctorate in logistics and supply chain management (SCM) from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom in 2001.

Bolumole’s research emphasis includes third-party logistics and transportation outsourcing; transportation policy, especially business-to-government interactions; SCM’s broad implications for stakeholders and society; and talent development at the human resource management interface with SCM. Her research program has generated over 40 publications in top-tier business journals.

By highlighting issues that enhance understanding of SCM policy and practice interfaces, Bolumole’s research fills a critical gap in understanding the equilibrium effects between supply chain investments, activity and their policy effects. Her excellence in research has been recognized with several awards, including the Bernard J. LaLonde Prize for Best Paper in the Journal of Business Logistics. Her research in the policy area has garnered significant attention, receiving visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic through an invited multipart series of articles published in Supply Chain Management Review.

A certified SAP solutions architect and consultant, she has led curricular enhancement efforts in the SCM department at two major universities. Her teaching remains at the forefront of pedagogical innovation, with innovative applications earning her the AT&T Instructional Technology Award for Best Hybrid/Flipped class at Michigan State University and the University of North Florida’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

In addition to her research and teaching accomplishments, Bolumole holds several leadership roles in the professional community. She led an eight-member committee of business executives to create and successfully launch APICS’ first logistics certification product.

A regular speaker at supply chain professional events, Bolumole has served on several task forces nationwide, including as an advisory panel member for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority/Florida Department of Transportation Regional Transportation Agency Study. Further, she is presently serving on the National Academy Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Impacts of Alternative Compensation Methods on Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Retention and Safety Performance. In her current academic service roles, she is a senior editor for the Journal of Business Logistics and an editorial review board member for the Transportation Journal and The International Journal of Logistics Management.

Awards & Honors


    2001 Cranfield University, UK, Ph.D., Logistics and Supply Chain Management

    1998 Cranfield University, UK, M.S., Energy Conservation and the Environment

    1995 University of East London, UK, M.S., Business and Management

    1992 University of Lagos, Nigeria, B.S., Biochemistry


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