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Thomas Choi

Thomas Choi

Supply Chain Management

W. P. Carey Chair
Supply Chain Management

Center for Supply Networks

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Operations Management
Supply Chain Management

Office:BA 411
Mailing Address:
Main Campus
PO BOX 874706
Tempe, AZ 85287-4706

Phone: 480-965-6135
Fax: 480-965-8629
Email: Thomas.Choi@asu.edu

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Center for Supply Networks


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1992;
A.B., University of California, Berkeley, 1980.

Research Areas
Supply networks as a complex adaptive system, Social network analysis of supply networks, Service outsourcing triads, Non-linear buyer-supplier relationships, Supply base management, Supplier-supplier relationships, Supply chain disintermediation, Structural embeddedness in supply networks, Multi-tier supply chain management.

Recent Industry Projects
US Department of Energy (DOE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; LG Electronics, Seoul, Korea;Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Erlanger, KY, USA.

Academic Positions
Arizona State University, 1998-present; Cranfield School of Management, England, 2010-present; Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2013-present. Previous Appointments: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Yonsei University Business School, Bowling Green State University, University of Michigan.

Career and Recent Professional Awards; Teaching Award
Keynote speaker, Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium, 2013; Visiting Chair Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2013; Distinguished OM Scholar, Operations Management Division, Academy of Management, 2012; Keynote speaker, Australia-New Zealand Academy of Management, Supply Chain and Service Management Symposium, 2012; Keynote speaker, Brazilian Academy of Management, EOL Division, 2011; Outstanding Operations Management (OM) Professor, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 2008-2009; Nominated for the Outstanding Faculty Award for the Doctoral Programs, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, 2008.

Professional Recognitions
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Operations Management, 2011-present; Director, Center for Supply Networks (CaSN), Arizona State University, 2009-present; Vice President at Large/Member of Board of Directors, Decision Sciences Institute, 20120-2012.

Representative Publications
Bhakoo, Vikram and Thomas Choi, “The iron cage exposed: Institutional pressures and heterogeneity across the healthcare supply chain,” Journal of Operations Management, forthcoming.

Mena, Carlos, Andrew Humphries, Thomas Choi, “Towards the theory of multi-tier supply chain management,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49, 2013: 78-95.

Bastl, Marko, Mark Johnson, Thomas Choi, “Who’s seeking whom? Coalition behavior of a weaker player in buyer-supplier relationships,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49, 2013: 8-28.

Choi, Thomas and Tom Linton, “Don’t let your supply chain control your business,” Harvard Business Review, December, 2011: 112-117.

Villena, Veronica, Elena Revilla, and Thomas Y. Choi, “The Dark Side of Collaborative Buyer-Supplier Relationships: A Social Capital Perspective,” Journal of Operations Management, 29, 2011: 561-576.

Barratt, Mark, Thomas Choi and Mei Li, “Qualitative Case Studies in Operations Management: Trends, Research Outcomes and Future Research Implications,” Journal of Operations Management, 29, 2011: 329-342.

Kim, Yusoon, Thomas Choi, Tingting Yan, Kevin Dooley, “Investigation of Supply Networks: A Social Network Analysis Approach,” Journal of Operations Management, 29, 2011: 194-211.

Wu, Zhaohui, Thomas Y. Choi, and Manus Rungtusanatham, “Supplier-Supplier Relationships in Buyer-Supplier-Supplier Triads: Implications for Supplier Performance.” Journal of Operations Management, 28, 2010: 115-123.