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Bill Stevenson’s Introduction of Thomas Kull as the new co-author in the Stevenson Franchise

I am pleased to announce that a co-author will be joining on the upcoming edition. He is Thomas Kull, a professor of operations and supply chain management at Arizona State University. Thomas is a former supply chain manager and has written numerous papers on supply chains. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the book, not only on supply chains but also on the entire field of operations management. I am looking forward to working with him. - Bill Stevenson

Thomas Kull: 

Thomas J Kull is a professor of supply chain management at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He received his PhD in Operations and Sourcing Management at Michigan State University in 2007 after having over 13 years of industry experience in operations and supply chain executive roles. Professor Kull's research interests include socio-technical challenges and strategic risks in operations and supply chains. With over 30 publications in leading academic journals and over 100 presentations at national and international conferences, Professor Kull has co-authored a book on cultural implications of lean manufacturing and is principal inventor of six innovative operations and supply chain learning simulations, including a mobile app to teach supply chain principles to health workers in Africa. Professor Kull's work, along with his doctoral students and co-authors, has been published in premier, academic journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and Decision Sciences. Having served in editorial leadership positions at five premier journals, he is a current/past member of the Decisions Sciences Institute, Academy of Management, and the Production Operations Management Society. Professor Kull has served numerous leadership roles in academia, including President of the Global Manufacturing Research Group, Department Chair at Arizona State University, and Chair of Research for the Decision Science Institute’s annual conference. He has been commended for his contributions to academia, a recent example being awarded inaugural winner of the GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award. 

Thomas’s Contributions to the new revision of Operations and Supply Chain Management, available for adoption in Fall 2024: 

My primary contributions to the next release of Stevenson and Kull (2024) include for each chapter (A) an expansion on supply chain considerations and (B) a connection between the chapter’s theme and human elements in operations management (OM) and supply chain management (SCM). Regarding supply chain considerations, we acknowledge the interdependence of organizations and their supply chains, and reveal how each chapter’s topic requires a broader view than just within a single operation. Regarding the human element, we introduce the “OM in Personal” theme wherein we show how topics in each chapter have implications for the personal goals and interests of people in the organization. My additional contributions include improving the user-friendliness of an already very user-friendly textbook. - Thomas Kull