Thomas Choi

Professor of Supply Chain Management / Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
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4706
Executive Director
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TEMPE Campus
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4706
Co-Director
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TEMPE Campus
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4706
Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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4706

Biography

Thomas Choi is Harold E. Fearon Eminent Scholar Chair of Purchasing Management at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. He leads the study of the upstream side of supply chains, where a buying company interfaces with many suppliers organized in various forms of networks.

He has published in the Academy of Management Executive, Decision Sciences, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management and others. He has co-authored two trade books on purchasing and supply management.

Choi is executive director of CAPS Research, a joint venture between Arizona State University and the Institute for Supply Management. He also co-directs the Complex Adaptive Supply Networks Research Accelerator (CASN-RA), a research group made up of scholars from around the world interested in supply networks and complexity.

He has consulted with numerous corporations including Samsung, Toyota, Volvo, and U.S. Department of Energy. He served as co-EIC for the Journal of Operations Management from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, he was recognized as the Distinguished Operations Management Scholar by the OM Division at the Academy of Management.

Education

  • PhD  University of Michigan, 1992
  • BA  University of California, Berkeley, 1980

Research Interests

  • Supply chain design and network structures
  • Multi-tier supply chain management
  • Triads in supply networks
  • Supply networks as complex adaptive systems

Research Group

Publications

PRACTITIONER-ORIENTED PUBLICATIONS (Selected)

  • Rogers, Dale, Rudi Leuschner and Thomas Choi, “The rise of fintech in supply chains,” Harvard Business Review, Online Forum, June 22, 2016.
  • Taylor, Todd and Thomas Choi, “Globalization: China Style,” Supply Chain Management Review, March/April, 2016.
  • Villena, V. Thomas Choi, and Elena Revilla, “Managing the Dark Side of Close Buyer-Supplier Relationship,” Supply Chain Management Review, November, 2015.
  • Choi, T., B. Shao, Z. Shi, “Hidden Suppliers Can Make or Break Your Operations,” Harvard Business Review, Online Forum, May 29, 2015.
  • Linton, T. and T.Y. Choi, “Yes, You Can Predict Supply-Chain Disasters,” Harvard Business Review Blog Network, November 14,
  • Choi, Thomas and Tom Linton, “Don’t let your supply chain control your business,” Harvard Business Review, December, 2011: 112-117.
  • Choi, Thomas, “New Supply Management Frontier: Supplier-Supplier Relationship,” Supply Chain Management Review, 11, 5, 2007: 51-56.
  • Rossetti, Christian and Thomas Y. Choi, “On the Dark Side of Strategic Sourcing: Experiences from the Aerospace Industry,” Academy of Management Executive,
  • Liker, Jeffrey and Thomas Y. Choi, “Building Deep Supplier Relationships,” Harvard Business Review, December, 2004: 104-113.
  • Choi, Thomas Y., “Korea’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises: Unsung Heroes or Laggards?” Academy of Management Executive, 17, 2, 2003: 38-39. (RESEARCH BRIEF)
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Orlando C. Behling, “Top managers and TQM success: One more look after all these years,” Academy of Management Executive, 11, 1, 1997: 37-47.

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS (Selected)

  • Kauffman, Stuart, Surya Pathak, P.K. Sen and Thomas Choi, “Jury Rigging and Supply Network Design: Evolutionary Tinkering in the Presence of Unknown-Unknowns,” to appear in Journal of Supply Chain Management.
  • Chae, Sangho, Thomas Choi and Daesik Hur, “Buyer Power and Supplier Relationship Commitment: A Cognitive Evaluation Theory Perspective,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 53, 2, 2017.
  • Villena, Veronica, Elena Revilla, Thomas Y. Choi, “Revisiting Interorganizational Trust: Is More Always Better or Could More Be Worse,” Journal of Management. 2016
  • Kim, Yusoon and Thomas Y. Choi, “Deep, Sticky, Transient, and Gracious: An Expanded Buyer-Supplier Relationship Typology,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 51, 3, 2016.
  • Novak, David and Thomas Choi, “The Role of Geography in Shaping SCM’s Professional Identity,” Journal of Business Logistics, 36, 2, 2016: 231-232. (DIALOGUE PIECE)
  • Kim, Yusoon and Thomas Y. Choi, “Tie Strength and Value Creation in Buyer-Supplier Context: A U-Shaped Relation Moderated by Dependence Asymmetry,” Journal of Management, 2015.
  • Carter, Craig, Dale Rogers, Thomas Choi, “Toward the Theory of the Supply Chain,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 51, 2, 2015: 89-97.
  • Yan, Tingting, Thomas Choi, Yusoon Kim, and Sophie Yang, “A theory of the nexus supplier: A critical supplier from a network perspective,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 51, 1, 2015: 52-66.
  • Ketokivi, Mikko and Thomas Choi, “Renaissance of Case Research as a Scientific Method,” Journal of Operations Management, 32, 5, 2014: 232-240.
  • Bhakoo, Vikram and Thomas Choi, “The Iron Cage Exposed: Institutional Pressures and Heterogeneity across the Healthcare Supply Chain,” Journal of Operations Management, 31, 2013: 432-449.
  • Mena, Carlos, Andrew Humphries, Thomas Choi, “Towards the Theory of Multi-Tier Supply Chain Management,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49, 2, 2013: 78-95
  • Li, Mei, Thomas Choi, Elliot Rabinovich, and Aaron Crawford, “Self-Service and Inter-Customer Interactions: Blame Attribution, Perceived Service Quality, and Repeat Purchasing Intentions,” Production and Operations Management, 22, 4, 2013: 888-914
  • Bastl, Marko, Mark Johnson, Thomas Y. Choi. “Who’s Seeking Whom? Coalition Behavior of a Weaker Player in Buyer-Supplier Relationships,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 49, 1, 2013: 8-28.
  • 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.
  • Choi, Thomas and John Wacker, “Theory Building in the OM/SCM Field: Pointing to the Future by Looking at the Past,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 47, 2, 2011: 8-11.
  • 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.
  • Nair, Anand, Ram Narasimhan, Thomas Y. Choi, “Supply Networks as a Complex Adaptive System: Toward Simulation-Based Theory Building on Evolutionary Decision Making.” Decision Sciences, 40, 4, 2009: 783-815.
  • Li, Mei and Thomas Y. Choi, “Triads in Services Outsourcing: Bridge, Bridge Decay and Bridge Transfer,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 45, 3, 2009: 27-39.
  • Choi, Thomas, and Zhaohui Wu, “Triads in Supply Networks: Theorizing Buyer-Supplier-Supplier Relationships.”  Journal of Supply Chain Management, 45, 1, 2009: 8-25.
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Yusoon Kim, “Structural Embeddedness and Supply Management: A Network Perspective,” Journal of Supply Chain Management, 44, 4, 2008: 5-13
  • Rossetti, Christian and Thomas Y. Choi, “Supply Management under High Goal Incongruence: An Empirical Examination of Disintermediation in the Aerospace Supply Chain,” Decision Sciences, 39, 3, 2008: 507-540
  • Barratt, Mark and Thomas Y. Choi, “Mandated RFID and Institutional Responses: Cases of Decentralized Business Units.” Production and Operations Management, 16, 5, 2007: 569-585
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Daniel R. Krause, “The Supply Base and Its Complexity: Implications for Transaction Costs, Risks, Responsiveness, and Innovation,” Journal of Operations Management, 24, 2006: 637-652.
  • Wu, Zhaohui and Thomas Choi, “Supplier-Supplier Relationships in the Buyer-Supplier Triad: Building Theories from Eight Case Studies.” Journal of Operations Management, 24, 1, 2005: 27-52.
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Yunsook Hong, “Unveiling the Structure of Supply Networks: Case Studies in Honda, Acura, and DaimlerChrysler.”  Journal of Operations Management, 20, 5, 2002: 469-493.
  • Choi, Thomas Y., Kevin Dooley, and Manus Rungtusanatham.  “Supply Networks and Complex Adaptive Systems: Control Versus Emergence,” Journal of Operations Management, 19, 3, 2001: 351-366.
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Karen Eboch, “The TQM paradox: Relations among TQM practices, plant performance, and customer satisfaction,” Journal of Operations Management, 17, 1998: 59-75.
  • Choi, Thomas Y. and Janet L. Hartley, “An exploration of supplier selection practices across the supply chain,” Journal of Operations Management, 14, 4, 1996: 333-344.

Research Activity

FUNDED RESEARCH

2016-present

  • “Quality Incentive Strategies in a Multi-Tier Supply Chain: Comparison of Practices in Korea and U.S. and Introduction of Proactive Incentive Strategies,” Principal Researcher: Seung Ho Yoo (Sunmoon University, Korea), US$100,000 from National Research Foundation, Korea. Foreign Collaborator: Thomas Choi (Arizona State University), Domestic Collaborator: Daesoo Kim (Korea University).

2016-present

  • “Effects of Network Governance on the Competitive Advantage of Supply Chains,” Principal Researcher: Artur Swierczek (University of Economics in Katowice, Poland), US$100,000 from National Science Center, Poland. Leading Foreign Partner: Thomas Choi (Arizona State University), Project Participants: Natalia Szozda (University of Economics in Wroclaw, Poland) and John Fowler (Arizona State University).

2015-2016

  • “Joint Consideration of Cost and Revenue in Sourcing Decisions,” Project funded by Dell through Center for Services Leadership (CSL), with Felicia Morgan and Ajith Kumar.

2010-2013

  • “Supply Network Design and Product Environmental Performance,” the National Science Foundation, $316, 205. Project Lead: Kevin Dooley and Research Consultant: Thomas Choi. Center for Supply Networks (CaSN).

2010-2012

  • “Network Forms and Innovation: Case of Indian Bicycle Supply Networks,” the University of Melbourne, $15,000. With Vikram Bhakoo (project leader) and Giles Hirsh.

2008-2010

  • “Buyer-Supplier Relationships at Toyota: A Network Embeddedness Perspective,” CAPS Research, $30,000, direct expenses. With Yusoon Kim

2005-2007

  • “High Performance Strategies for Rationalized Supply Base with Deep Supplier Relationships,” CAPS Center for Strategic Supply Research, $25,000 plus direct expenses. With Robert Monczka

2002-2003

  • “A Study of Structural Hole in Multi-Tier Supply Chains in the Aerospace Industry,” Institute for Manufacturing Enterprise Systems, Arizona State University, $37,400. With Mark Henderson

2002

  • “Supply Network Archetypes and Emergent Rules,” Dean’s Award for Excellence Summer Research Grant and Department of Management Summer Research Grant, College of Business, Arizona State University, $24,000. 

2000-2002

  • “Scalable Theory of Enterprises: Control versus Emergence,” the Engineering Directorate, the National Science Foundation, $200,000, Principal Investigator with Co-Investigators, Kevin Dooley and Nong Ye

2000

  • “Unveiling the Structure of Supply Networks: Toward Building the Theory of Supply Chain Management,” Department of Management Summer Research Grant, $10,000. (all direct cost)

2000

  • “Integrating Computer-Based Activities and Assignments into the OPM 502 Curriculum,” Day MBA Program, College of Business, Arizona State University, $7,500 and a laptop.

1999-2000

  • “Business Implications of Rapid Prototyping Technology,” the Manufacturing Institute, Arizona State University, $29,938. With Kevin Dooley and Ampere Tseng

1999

  • “Restructuring OPM 502 Curriculum for Evening MBA Program, College of Business, Arizona State University, $13,500. With D. Smith-Daniels and Manus Rungtusanatham.

1999

  • “Developing Multimedia and Web-Based Curriculum for OPM 502,” Department of Management Summer Grant, $9,000. With D. Smith-Daniels and Manus Rungtusanatham.

1998-1999

  • “Supply Network at Chrysler,” the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies, $5,000. (all direct cost)

1997-1999

  • “Properties of Supply Network Structure,” the National Association of Purchasing Management’s Senior Research Fellowship, $5,000. (all direct cost)

1994-1998

  • “Purchasing dynamics in the post-modern United States: Mapping out transaction cost economics in network forms,” the Ohio Board of Regents’ Research Challenge Program and Bowling Green State University, $2,000. (all direct cost)

1995-1997

  • “Product development across a supply chain: The case of the defense industry,” the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the University of Michigan, $8,000

1994-1995

  • “Supplier evaluation and selection from a multi-tier perspective,” Faculty Research Committee and School of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University, $5,600

1993-1995

  • “Purchasing strategies of Japanese OEMs toward the U.S. parts suppliers,” the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and University of Michigan, $7,000

 

Courses

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management
SCM 493Honors Thesis
SCM 791Seminar
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management
SCM 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management
SCM 791Seminar
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management
SCM 791Seminar

Honors/Awards

  • 2016 Honorary Advisor, appointed by the Board of Directors, Supply Management Institute of Taiwan (SMIT)
  • 2016 Harold Fearon Best Paper Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management, with Yusoon Kim, Deep, Sticky, Transient, and Gracious: An Expanded Buyer-Supplier Relationship Typology
  • 2014 Faculty Research Award, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • 2013 W. P. Carey Chair in Supply Chain Management 
  • 2012 Distinguished OM Scholar Award, Operations Management Division, Academy of Management 
  • 2011 Associate Editor Appreciation Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management 
  • 2010-2013 Bob Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • 2009 Associate Editor Appreciation Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management 
  • 2008-2009 Outstanding Operations Management Professor, Yonsei University
  • 2008 Associate Editor Appreciation Award, Journal of Supply Chain Management 
  • 2007 Best Paper Proceedings, Chan Hahn Best Paper Award, Academy of Management 
  • 2006-2010 John G. & Barbara A. Bebbling Professor in Business, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • 2006 Best Paper Award, Journal of Operations Management 
  • 2005-2006 Dean's Council 100 Distinguished Scholar, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • 2000 Best Article on Global Business, Business Horizons
  • 1997 Senior Research Fellowship, National Association of Purchasing Management 
  • 1993 Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management 
  • 1990 Rackham Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan 

 

Editorships

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business Logistics, 2010-present
  • Senior Editor, Production and Operations Management, 2010-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2007-present
  • Co-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Operations Management, 2011-2014

Professional Associations

Academy of Management Decision Sciences Institute Institute for Supply Management Production and Operations Management Society

Service

INVITED TALKS, LECURE SERIES (last three years)

  • August 2017 Arizona Healthcare Materials Management Association (AHMMA), Scottsdale, Arizona
  • June 2017 Key note, NOFOMA 2017—The Nordic Logistics Research Network, Lund, Sweden
  • May 2017 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Trondheim, Norway
  • Jan 2017 Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Nov 2016 Key note address, the annual meeting of Supply Management Institute of Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Nov 2016 National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Oct 2016 Institute for Supply Management—Arizona, Phoenix, AZ (with Dale Rogers)
  • Sep 2016 Semi-Plenary Session, World Conference, Production and Operations Management Society, Havana, Cuba
  • Aug 2016 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management, Trondheim, Norway
  • June 2016 Key note, Information Systems Logistics and Supply Chain (ILS) International Conference, Bordeaux, France
  • Mar 2016 Inha University, BK Distinguished Lecture Series, Incheon, Korea
  • Mar 2016 National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Feb 2016 Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Feb 2016 Learning Lab presentation for C2FO (with Dale Rogers), sharedserviceslink.com, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Jan 2016 Supply Chain Analytics and Optimization Summit, IQPC, Tempe, AZ
  • Oct 2015 Medicoventures, Brazilian Grant Program, Phoenix, AZ
  • Feb 2015 CABDyN, Said Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Feb 2015 Tilburg School of Economics and Management, the Netherlands
  • Feb 2015 Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the Netherlands
  • Jan 2015 Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  • Oct 2014 Cambridge Judge Business School, Cambridge, UK
  • July 2014 FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas), Sao Paulo, Brazil (a SKYPE talk)
  • May, June 2014 Department of Marketing, City University of Hong Kong
  • March 2014 Seoul National University Business School, Seoul, Korea
  • March 2014 Yonsei University, School of Business, Seoul, Korea
  • March 2014 KAIST College of Business, Seoul, Korea
  • Feb 2014 Sheffield University Management School, Sheffield, UK
  • Jan 2014 Yonsei University, School of Business, Seoul, Korea

Work History

2014-present Harold E. Fearon Chair in Purchasing, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University Executive Director, CAPS Research, a joint venture between Arizona State University and Institute for Supply Management. 2009-present Director, Center for Supply Networks (CaSN), W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2004-present Professor, Supply Chain Management Department, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2013-2014 W. P. Carey Chair of Supply Chain Management, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2010-2013 Bob Herberger Arizona Heritage Chair, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2006-2010 John G. & Barbara A. Bebbling Professor in Business, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2003-2008 Faculty Director, Global SCM Executive Education Program, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University. For programs with LG Electronics, Samsung, Toyota, and Open Enrollment 2005-2008 Doctoral Program Coordinator, Supply Chain Management Department, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 2005-2006 Deans Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University 1998-2004 Associate Professor of Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, Department of Management, College of Business, Arizona State University 1993-1998 Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University

Consulting

2016-Present

  • Nuscale Power, USA

2015-2016

  • Dell, USA

2009-2011, 2016

  • LG Electronics, Seoul, Korea

2012-2013

  • US Department of Energy/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Board

CAPS Research, Tempe, AZ.