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Thomas Kull

Research Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4706
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4706

Thomas Kull joined the W. P. Carey School of Business as an assistant professor of supply chain management in 2007.

Kull’s research interests include behavioral issues in operations and supply management, and supply chain risk issues. His passion for supply chain management can be seen in his most recent research, Acting as Expected: Global Leadership Preferences and the Pursuit of an Integrated Supply Chain. His work has been published in premier, academic journals, including the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, and Decision Sciences. Professor Kull is also the principal inventor of "Coffee Trade: A Contract Negotiation Simulation" available at

He currently serves on the editorial boards of five premier journals and is a member of the Decisions Sciences Institute, Academy of Management, and the Production Operations Management Society. He has been commended for his contributions to academia, most recently being an inaugural winner of the GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award.

  • Ph.D. Operations and Sourcing Management, Michigan State University
  • Master of Business Administration, Operations Focus, Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor’s degree. Advertising, Michigan State University
Research Interests
  • Behavioral Issues in Operations and Supply Management
  • Supply Chain Risk Management
Research Group

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1.         “Inventory Record Inaccuracy Dynamics and the Role of Employees within Multi-Channel Distribution Center Inventory Systems,” Journal of Operations Management (conditional acceptance), M. Barratt, T.J. Kull, & A.C. Sodero** (2018)

2.         “Process Network Modularity, Commonality, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” Journal of Operations Management (forthcoming special issue), K.J. Dooley, S.D. Pathak, T.J. Kull, Z. Wu, J. Johnson, & E. Rabinovich (2018)

3.         “Small and medium enterprise (SME) research in SCM: The case for single‐respondent research designs,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, (Invited) Kull, T. J., Kotlar, J., & Spring, M. (2017)

4.         “Attitudes toward Supplier Integration: Differing Motivations of Chinese and U.S. Manufacturing Managers,” International Journal of Production and Operations Management, 38 (8) Y. Yang**, T. Kull, B. Li, & A. Nahm (2017)

5.         “Complements or Substitutes? Culture-Technology Interactions in Healthcare,” Decision Sciences, 47 (5), C. Queenan, T. Kull, & S. Devaraj (2016)

6.         “Coping with Dependence: A Logistics Strategy Based on Inter-organizational Learning for Managing Buyer-Supplier Relations,” Journal of Business Logistics, 37 (4), T. Kull & S. Ellis (2016)

7.         “Managing supplier satisfaction: Social capital and resource dependence frameworks,” Australasian Marketing Journal, May, H. Schiele, S. Ellis, M. Eßig, J. Henke Jr, & T. Kull (2015)

8.         “Supplier Opportunism in Buyer-Supplier New Product Development: A China-U.S. Study of Antecedents, Consequences, and Cultural/Institutional Contexts” Decision Sciences, 46 (2), T. Yan** & T. Kull (2015)

9.         “Competitive Goals and Plant Investment in Environment and Safety Practices: Moderating Effect of National Culture,” Decision Sciences, 46 (1), D. Powers, R. Klassen, T. Kull & D. Simpson. (2015) p.63-100 -- chosen as the Inaugural Winner of the GLOBE Robert J. House Best Research Paper Award

10.       “The Moderation of Lean Manufacturing Effectiveness by Dimensions of National Culture: Testing Practice-Culture Congruence Hypotheses,” International Journal of Production Economics, 153, T. Kull, T. Yan**, & J. Wacker (2014) p.1-12

11.      “Supplier Selection Behavior under Uncertainty: Contextual and Cognitive Effects on Risk Perception and Choice,” Decision Sciences, 45 (3), T. Kull, A. Oke, & K. Dooley (2014) p.467-505

12.       "Assessing the Efficiency of Risk Mitigation Strategies in Supply Chains" Journal of Business Logistics, 34 (4), S. Talluri; T. Kull; H. Yildiz; & J. Yoon** (2013) p.253-269.

13.       “Investigating the Effects of Daily Inventory Record Inaccuracy in Multichannel Retailing,” Journal of Business Logistics, 34 (3), T. Kull, M. Barratt, A. Sodero**, & E. Rabinovich (2013) p. 189-208 -- chosen as a Finalist for the 2013 Bernard J. LaLonde Best Paper Award.

14.       “The effect of buyer behaviors on preferred customer status and access to supplier technological innovation: An empirical study of supplier perceptions,” Industrial Marketing Management, 41 (8), S. Ellis, J. Henke, & T. Kull (2013) p. 1259–1269

15.       “Reducing Behavioral Constraints to Supplier Integration: A Socio-Technical Systems Perspective” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49 (1), T. Kull, S. Ellis, & R. Narasimhan. (2013) p. 64-86

16.       “Sustaining the Benefits of a Quality Initiative through Cooperative Values: A Longitudinal Study,” Decision Sciences, 43 (4), T. Kull, R. Narasimhan & R. Schroeder. (2012) p. 553-587

17.       “Target Pricing in Supply Chains: A Game Theoretic Examination of Two Competing Approaches,” International Journal of Production Economics, 136 (1), H. Li, Y. Wang, R. Yin , T. Kull and T. Choi. (2012) p. 172–184

18.       “Alternative Relationships among Integrative Beliefs, Time-Based Manufacturing and Performance,” International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 32 (4); R. Narasimhan, T. Kull, & A. Nahm (2012) p. 496-524 

19.       “Quality Management Effectiveness in Asia: The Influence of Culture,” Journal of Operations Management, 28 (3), T. Kull & J. Wacker. (2010) p. 223-239

20.       “Quality Management and Cooperative Values: Investigation of Multilevel Influences on Workgroup Performance,” Decision Sciences, 41 (1), T. Kull & R. Narasimhan. (2010) p. 81-113 – among “Most Accessed” articles in 2011

21.       “A Supply Risk Reduction Model Using Integrated Multi-Criteria Decision Making,” IEEE Transaction on Engineering Management, 55 (3), T. Kull & S. Talluri, August (2008) p. 409-419

22.       “The Risk of Second-Tier Supplier Failures in Serial Supply Chains: Implications for Order Policies and Distributor Autonomy,” European Journal of Operational Research, 186 (3), T. Kull & D. Closs, May (2008) p. 1158-1174

23.       “Last-Mile Supply Chain Efficiency: An Analysis of Learning Curves in Online Ordering,” International Journal of Production & Operations Management, 27 (4), T. Kull, K. Boyer & R. Calantone (2007) p. 409-434 – chosen as a “Highly Commended Award Winner” at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2008.

24.       “Evaluation Criteria Development and Assessment of Purchasing and Supply Management Journals,” Journal of Operations Management, 25 (1), G. Zsidisin, M. Smith, R. McNally, & T. Kull (2007) p. 165–183

Research Activity
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 493Honors Thesis
SCM 521Supply Management/Negotiation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 591Seminar
BUS 593Applied Project
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 493Honors Thesis
SCM 521Supply Management/Negotiation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 791Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 791Seminar
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 455Research and Negotiation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 520Strategic Procurement
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 520Strategic Procurement
SCM 791Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 493Honors Thesis
SCM 520Strategic Procurement
SCM 791Seminar

Department or Associate Editor at these journals

  • Decision Sciences
  • Journal of Operations Management
  • Journal of Supply Chain Management


  • Decision Sciences Institute
  • Academy of Management
  • Production and Operations Management Society