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University of Tennessee

Yemisi Bolumole

Yemisi Bolumole

Ryder Professorship in Supply Chain Management

Yemisi Bolumole is the Ryder Professor of Supply Chain Management at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. Previously, she was an associate professor of supply chain management (SCM) at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University 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 3PL sectors in operations management and business development. She earned her doctorate in logistics and SCM from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom in 2001.

Bolumole’s areas of research emphasis include third-party logistics and transportation outsourcing; transportation policy, especially business-to-government interactions and SCM’s broad implications for multiple stakeholders and for society; and talent development at the human resource management interface with SCM. Her research program has generated over 40 publications, including book chapters, reports and refereed journal articles in the Journal of Business Logistics, the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, the International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Production Research, Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, and the Transportation Journal.

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

A certified SAP software 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 cutting-edge 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 a committee of business executives to create and successfully launch APICS’ (Association for Supply Chain Management) first logistics certification product, Certifiication in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution, or CLTD (now in its sixth year). A regular speaker at sundry supply chain professional events, she has served on several task forces nationwide, including serving as advisory panel member for the Jacksonville Transportation Authority/Florida Department of Transportation Regional Transportation Agency Study. In her current academic service roles, she is a senior editor for the Journal of Business Logistics and editorial review board member for the Transportation Journal and The International Journal of Logistics Management