Faculty & Research

Our supply chain management faculty members stay at the leading-edge of the industry through rigorous applied research.

Recently Published Research

Exploring the role of task complexity and rapport on work satisfaction and learning in outsourced system development (2017)
Authors: Parolia, N., Li, Y., & Tomasi, S.

This paper explores the use of offshore teams for IS development projects. The results address how complexity and team rapport affect team cohesion, team member learning, and team member satisfaction.

Relationship Conflict, Conflict Management, and Performance of Information Technology Teams (2016)
Authors: Nesterkin, D. A., Porterfield, T. E., & Li, X. 

This study published in the Journal of Computer Information Systems examines how teams use collaboration, conflict management, and goal setting to mediate the negative effects of conflict on team performance. The study finds that collaboration and conflict management positively affect team performance and mediate the conflict and conflict management on team performance.

Title: Influences of Search Engine Optimization on Performance of SMEs: A Qualitative Perceptive. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations (2015)
Authors: Tomasi, S., & Li, X.

Search engines have become an important channel for increasing the global reach of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This research published in the Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations addresses how SMEs leverage search engine optimization (SEO) to enhance the visibility of their business. This study uses multiple firms as cases to illustrate how SEO initiatives can impact firm performance. Findings show that SEO efforts improve the search engine rankings, increase website visits, and increase the average duration of users visiting the site, increase user engagement, increase sales revenue.

Aligning supply chain transportation strategy with industry characteristics: Evidence from the US-Asia supply chain (2015)
Authors: Ke, J. Y. F., Windle, R. J., Han, C., & Britto, R

The study published in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management evaluates how firm’s choices of transportation mode are the result of industry characteristics and supply chain strategies. The findings suggest that beyond transportation cost, logistics managers must also consider non-cost factors including the level of competition, the amount of working capital available, and the uncertainty of demand when making transportation mode decisions.