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Joseph D. Blackburn

James A. Speyer Professor of Production Management Emeritus

Subject Area(s): Operations Management


Joe Blackburn's research and teaching in operations management focuses on time-based competition: how organizations can use faster response to customers for competitive advantage. He is the author of Time-Based Competition: The Next Battleground in American Manufacturing, and is an authority on accelerating new-product development, streamlining supply chains and reverse supply chain strategy.

He was appointed Acting Dean of the Owen School in 1999 after the death of Martin Geisel and served in that capacity until Prof. Bill Christie was named Dean in July 2000. He served as Senior Associate Dean from 2005-2007 and also served as Associate Dean from 1988-93. In 1995 Prof. Blackburn was named the Outstanding Professor in the Executive MBA Program and continues to teach in the program. Prior to coming to Owen, Blackburn was an Associate Professor of Operations Management at Boston University's School of Management. He also served as Assistant Professor of Management Science at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business, and as Visiting Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

He received his Ph.D in operations research from Stanford in 1971. Before moving to academia, Prof. Blackburn was a chemical engineer for Eastman Kodak. He is a Fellow of the Production and Operations Management Society and serves as Senior Editor for Sustainable Operations, Production and Operations Management Journal.  


B.S., Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 1963
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1964
Ph.D., Operations Research, Stanford University, 1971

Research Interest(s):
Time-based competition; supply chain management; and design strategies for reverse supply chains

Area(s) of Expertise:
Time-based competition, accelerating new-product development, streamlining manufacturing, and reverse supply chains for processing product returns


Blackburn, J. (2012). Valuing Time in Supply Chains: Establishing Limits of Time-based Competition, Journal of Operations Management, 30, 5, 396-405.
Fang, X., Zhang, C., Robb, D.J. and Blackburn, J. (2012). Decision Support for Lead Time and Demand Variability Reduction, Omega (in press)
Bischak, D.P, Robb, D.L., Silver, E.A., and Blackburn, J.D. (2012). Analysis and Management of Periodic Review, Order-up-to Level Inventory Systems with Order Crossover, in review at Production and Operations Management.
Galbreth, M. and Blackburn, J.D. (2010). Optimal Acquisition Quantities in Remanufacturing with Condition Uncertainty, Production and Operations Management, 19, 1, 61-69.
Galbreth, M. and Blackburn, J.D. (2010). Offshore Remanufacturing with Variable Used Product Condition. Decision Sciences, 41,1,5-20.
Blackburn, J.D. and G.D. Scudder (2009), Supply Chain Strategies for Perishable Products: The Case of Fresh Produce, Production and Operations Management, 18,2,129-137.
Souza, G.C., Guide, V.D., Van Wassenhove, L.N. % Blackburn, J.D. (2006). Time Value of Commercial Product Returns. Management Science, 52, 8, 1200-1214.
Galbreth, M. andn Blackburn, J.D. (2006). Managing Variable Used Product Condition: Optimal Sorting Policies for Remanufacturing. Production and Operations Management, 15, 3, 384-392.
Blackburn, J.D., Guide, V.D., Souza, G.C. & Van Wassenhove, L.N. (2004). Reverse Supply Chains for Commercial Returns. California Management Review, vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 1-17.


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