Brian Tomlin

Associate Professor of Business Administration



  • Co-product Technologies: Product Line Design and Process Innovation, (with Y-J Chen and Y. Wang), Management Science, Forthcoming.
  • Guilt by Association: Strategic Failure Prevention and Recovery Capacity Investments, (with S. Kim), Management Science, Forthcoming.
  • Managing Disruption Risk: The Interplay between Operations and Insurance, (with L. Dong), Management Science, October 2012, 58(10), 1898-1915 .
  • Regulatory Trade Risk and Supply Chain Strategy, (with Y. Wang and W. Gilland), Production and Operations Management, July-August 2011 30(4), 522-540.
    • Winner of 2012 Wickham Skinner Award for Best Paper published in Production and Operations Management during 2011.
  • Mitigating Supply Risk: Dual Sourcing or Process Improvement?, (with Y. Wang and W. Gilland), Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Summer 2010, 12 (3), 489-510.
  • To Wait or Not to Wait: Optimal Ordering under Lead Time Uncertainty and Forecast Updating, (with Y. Wang), Naval Research Logistics, December 2009 56 (8), 766-779.
  • The Influence of Cost and Quality Priorities on the Propensity to Outsource Production, (with J.V. Gray and A.V. Roth), Decision Sciences, November 2009 40 (4), 697-726.
  • Outsourcing to a Powerful Contract Manufacturer: The Effect of Learning-By-Doing, (with J.V. Gray and A.V. Roth), Production & Operations Management, Sep-Oct 2009 18 (5), 487-505.
  • The Impact of Supply Learning when Suppliers are Unreliable, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Spring 2009, 11 (2), 192-209.
  • Disruption-Management Strategies for Short Life-Cycle Products, Naval Research Logistics, June 2009, 56 (4), 318-347.
  • The Power of Flexibility for Mitigating Supply Chain Risk, (with C.S. Tang), International Journal of Production Economics, November 2008, 116 (1), 12-27.
  • Pricing and Operational Recourse in Coproduction Systems, (with Y. Wang), Management Science, March 2008, 54 (3), 522-537.
  • On the Value of Mitigation and Contingency Strategies for Managing Supply Chain Disruption Risks, Management Science, Featured Article, May 2006, 52 (5), 639-657.
  • On the Value of Mix-Flexibility and Dual-Sourcing in Unreliable Newsvendor Networks, (with Y. Wang), Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Winter 2005, 7 (1), 37-57.
  • Capacity Investments in Supply Chains: Sharing the Gain Rather Than Sharing the Pain, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Fall 2003, 5 (4), 317-333.
  • Process Flexibility in Supply Chains, (with S.C. Graves), Management Science, July 2003, 49 (7), 907-919.


  • Operational Strategies for Managing Supply Chain Disruption Risk, (with Y. Wang), in Handbook of Integrated Risk Management in Global Supply Chains, Kouvelis P., Boyabatli O., Dong L., Li R. (Eds.), Forthcoming. To be published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Sourcing Strategies to Manage Supply Disruptions, (with A.J. Schmitt), in Managing Supply Disruptions, Gurnani H., Mehrotra A., and Ray S., Forthcoming. To be published by Springer-Verlag Ltd.
  • How Much Flexibility Does It Take to Mitigate Supply Chain Risks?, (with C.S. Tang), in Supply Chain Risk: A Handbook of Assessment, Management and Performance, Zsidisin, G.A. and B. Ritchie (Eds.), Springer, 2008, pp. 155-174.
  • The Role of Inventory in Superior Supply Chain Performance, (with J.J. Neale and S.P. Willems), in The Practice of Supply Chain Management: Where Theory and Application Converge, Harrison, T.P., H.L. Lee and J.J. Neale (Eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003, pp. 31-59.


  • How to Avoid the Six Risk Management Pitfalls, (with J.M. Swaminathan), Supply Chain Management Review, July/August 2007, 11 (5) 34-42.
  • Managing Risk Helps Make M&As Click, (with J.M. Swaminathan), Financial Times, 2006 (Appeared in October 13, 2006 issue, part of the four-part series "Mastering Transactions").