William Newman




Academic Background

  • Ph.D. The University of Iowa, 1988
  • M.B.A. Bowling Green State University, 1981
  • B.S.B.A. Bowling Green State University, 1980

Academic & Professional Experience

  • 1996 - Present  Professor, Department of Management, Miami University
  • 2005 - 2011 Director of the Summer Business Institute, Miami University
  • 1992 - 1996 Associate Professor, Department of Management, Miami University
  • 1988 - 1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Miami University
  • 1987 - 1988 Instructor, Department of Management, Miami University
  • 1983 - 1987 Teaching Assistant, Management Science Department, University of Iowa
  • 1981 - 1983 Instructor, Department of Management, Bowling Green State University
  • 1980   After Market Materials, Bendix Corp., Elyria, Ohio. 

Recent Publications

  • Brymer, R. & W.R. Newman "Through the Brewing Class: What Beer Making Can Teach Students about Business", (also published in The, August, 2015
    *over 6200 readers
  • Newman, W.R. "Elon Musk's Brave New World: It Worked For Henry Ford; Why Not Tesla?" (also published in The,,, and ), August, 2015
    *over 99,000 readers, editor’s pick for 24 weeks
  • Newman, W. R. "Volkswagen scandal will send costly ripples through auto industry", (also published in The Conversation .com,,,,, and ), September, 2015
    *over 55,000 readers, editor’s pick for 8 weeks
  • Newman, W. R., "Panama Canal Will Have Major Impact in Our Region" Cincinnati Business Courier, October 16, 2015.
  • Newman, W. R., "Tesla Follows Ford", The Academic Minute, WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany, New York. Nov. 2015
  • Newman, W. R. & J. Bowblis, "Crash in Oil Prices Will Hurt the US Economy From Texas to Wall Street", The (also published in,,,,,,,,, and, March 2016
    *over 2100 readers
  • Newman, W. R., "What the Latest Management Shakeup Means for the Future of VW: Paving the way for cultural change is key", (also published in,,,,,, March 2016
  • Ashenbaum, B., Salzarulo, P., & W.R. Newman "Structure, Entrepreneurial Orientation and Trait Preference in Transportation Brokerage Firms", Journal of Supply Chain Management, Vol.48, no. 1, 2012, pp. 3-23
  • Gerhardt, M., Ashenbaum, B, & W. R. Newman, "Proactive Personality and Job Performance: The Intervening Roles of Self-Management and Job Tenure", Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 16 no. 1, 2009,
  • Newman, W,  Hanna, M, Gattiker, T. and X. Huang, "Charting Supply Chain Management Integration and Initiatives: A Framework to Guide Implementation", American Journal of Business, Vol. 24, no. 1, Spring 2009.pp. 61-72
  • Integrated Operations and Supply Chain Management, (with M. Hanna), Thompson/Southwest Publishing, 2007. 873 pages
  • Newman, W.  , T. Krehbiel, "Linear performance pricing: A collaborative tool for focused supply cost reduction", Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. Volume 13, Issue 2, March 2007, Pages 152-165

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 Mid West Decisions Sciences Institute Fellow

Areas of Expertise

  • Operations
  • Supplier relations and development
  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain management modeling
  • Supply chain management performance measurement


W. Rocky Newman (Ph.D. The University of Iowa, MBA  & BS-BA Bowling Green State University) has been a professor of supply chain and operations management at Miami University since 1987.  Newman teaches in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, and manufacturing strategy.  His research interests include manufacturing strategy, organizational issues in supply chain management as well as supply chain management strategy. His work has been published in many journals including: International Journal of Production Research, The Journal of Production and Inventory Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, American Journal of Business, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, The Journal of Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Flexi­ble Manufacturing Systems, Mid American Journal of Business, The International Journal of Operations and Production Management, The International Journal of Production Econom­ics, The International Journal of Forecasting, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, The Journal of Supply Chain Management, and others.

He is on the editorial board of several academic journals and has served as the editor in chief of the American Journal of Business.

He has authored several popular textbooks in the field of Supply Chain Management. He coordinates the Farmer School of Business’ highly ranked Supply Chain Management Program at Miami University.

He has served on the Midwest DSI board for many years in a variety of roles including president and program chair for the MWDSI annual conference in 2003 and 2009. He served on the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council ( from 2008-2014. He is SCOR-S certified and has incorporated SCOR-S into his teaching with over 250 of his students certified through 2014. He has served on the APICS Board of Directors (2014) and now serves on the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors

While at Miami he has served on the University Graduate Council (two terms) , University Senate (three terms), University Fiscal Priorities and Budget Planning committee (four terms). He has served on a variety of divisional committees including the Undergraduate Studies, Liberal Education, Research, Teaching, and Careers committees. He developed and directed the FSB’s Summer Business Institute for 8 years as a thematic sequence. He has also advised several student organizations including the Supply Chain Management Association (1987-present).


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