Christopher Craighead

Director of Research, Rothkopf Professor and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management
Department: Center for Supply Chain Research, Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: 483 Business Building
Phone: 814-865-0678
Fax: 814-863-7067
Member of Faculty Since: 2008


Research—Christopher W. Craighead is the Rothkopf Professor and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management.  His primary research interests lie in the area of strategic sourcing and supply management, with a focus on global supply chain disruptions/risk and resilience.  He has examined various aspects of managing risk/disruptions (e.g., assessment, mitigation) in a variety of supply chains (e.g., automotive, aerospace) and in light of various supply chain decisions (e.g., supply chain design, supplier selection, supply chain project investments).  Professor Craighead has articles published in Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Logistics and other journalsHe has been the recipient of several research fellowships, competitive research grants, and research awards.  For example, he has won best paper awards from Decision Sciences, International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management and Business Horizons.  Recently, his paper “The Severity of Supply Chain Disruptions: Design Characteristics and Mitigation Capabilities” (Decision Sciences 2007) was selected as one of the top 50 articles with proven impact since its publication date and was the recipient of an Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award.  This paper was selected from approximately 15,000 articles in the top 300 business, management, and economics journals worldwide.  For more information about Professor Craighead's research papers, please see Google Scholar: Christopher W. Craighead



Teaching—Professor Craighead has extensive teaching experience in terms of audiences and course content.  He currently teaches Strategic Procurement within the MBA program and a research seminar within the Ph.D. Program.  He is also the designer and lead instructor of the Strategic Procurement class within the Masters in Supply Chain Management Program.  He has been the recipient of awards for teaching excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Most recently, he was the recipient of a Smeal College of Business MBA Association Teaching Award.


Leadership—Professor Craighead is the Director of Research within the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR).  As director, he leads the CSCR research effort and participates in the overall leadership of the center.  He is also the Department of Supply Chain & Information Systems Ph.D. Program Coordinator where he manages all aspects of the program.


Professional Service—Professor Craighead serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences and also serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Production and Operations Management and Journal of Business Logistics.  He is currently serving as a co-guest editor at Journal of Business Logistics for a special topic forum on Strategic Sourcing and Performance. He has been the recipient of multiple awards for reviewing and editing excellence. 


Outreach—Professor Craighead has been a frequent speaker to managerial audiences and has participated in a number of executive programs (open enrollment and custom).


Strategic Sourcing, Procurement and Supply Management
Supply Disruptions, Risk and Resilience
Supply Chain Management
Empirical Research in Supply Chain Management