Thomas Choi

Professor of Supply Chain Management / Harold E. Fearon Chair of Purchasing Management
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TEMPE Campus
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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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Professor
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TEMPE Campus
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4706

Biography

Thomas Choi joined the W. P. Carey School of Business as an associate professor of operations management and supply chain management in 1998.

Chois research interests focus on the study of the upstream side of supply chains, where a buying company interfaces with many suppliers organized in various forms of networks. Additional research examines supply networks as a complex adaptive system, the social network analysis of supply networks, and the structural embeddedness in supply networks. His work has appeared in industry-leading journals, including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Production and Operations Management.  

Before joining W. P. Carey, Choi was an assistant professor of management at Bowling Green State University. He received his bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan.

Choi has been recognized for his research contributions and teaching. He was awarded the 2014 W. P. Carey School of Business Faculty Research Award, the 2012 Academy of Management Distinguished OM Scholar Award, and was named the W. P. Carey Chair of Supply Chain Management in 2013. 

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

Publications

  1. Kull, Thomas, Thomas Choi, Rama Srinivasan, Futures Study 2020, Tempe, AZ: CAPS Research, 2016.
  2. Rogers, Dale, Rudolph Leuschner, and Thomas Choi. Supply Chain Financing: Funding the Supply Chain and the Organization, Tempe, AZ: CAPS Research, 2016.
  3. Shao, Benjamin, Zhan (Michael) Shi and Thomas Choi. Feasibility Study of a Nexus Supplier Index: Identifying and Categorizing Nexus Suppliers through Business Analytics, Tempe AZ, CAPS Research, 2016.
  4. Narayanan, Sriram, Yu Huang, and Thomas Choi. Sourcing Cloud-Based Services: Underlying Issues and Strategies, Tempe AZ, CAPS Research, 2015.
  5. Jordan, G., J. Mote, R. Ruegg, T. Choi, and A. Becker-Dippman, A Framework for Evaluating R&D Impacts and Supply Chain Dynamics Early in a Product Life Cycle, Washington DC, Department of Energy, 2014.
  6. Monczka, R.M., T.Y. Choi, Y. Kim and C.P. McDowell, Supplier Relationship Management: An Implementation Framework, A Major Initiative of CAPS Research, Tempe, AZ, Institute of Supply Management, 2011.
  7. Carter, Joseph and Thomas Choi, Foundation of Supply Management, Tempe, AZ, Institute of Supply Management. 2008.
  8. Ellram, Lisa and Thomas Y. Choi, Value Enhancement Strategies for Purchasing and Supply Management, Tempe, AZ, National Association of Purchasing Managers, 2000.

Research Activity

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

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
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
SCM 355Supply Management

Honors/Awards

  • 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

  • Co-Editor-In-Chief, Journal of Operations Management, 2011-Present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Supply Chain Management, 2007-Present

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.

Expertise Areas