Joseph D. Blackburn
James A. Speyer Professor of Production Management Emeritus
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
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