John Coyle

Director of Corporate Sponsors for the Center for Supply Chain Research , Professor Emeritus of Business Administration
Department: Center for Supply Chain Research, Supply Chain and Information Systems
Office: Business Building
Phone: 814-863-1231
Fax: 814-863-7067


John J. Coyle is currently Director of Corporate Relations for the Center for Supply Chain Research and Professor Emeritus of Logistics and Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S from Penn State, and earned his doctorate from Indiana University in  Bloomington, Indiana, where he was a U.S. Steel Fellow. He joined the Penn State faculty in 1961, and attained the rank of Full Professor in 1967. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has served in a number of administrative positions including: Department Head, Assistant Dean, Senior Associate Dean. Special Assistant for Strategic Planning to the University President, and Executive Director of the Center for Supply Chain Research. He also served as Penn State's Faculty Representative to the NCAA for 30 years and to the Big Ten for ten years. Dr. Coyle was the Editor of the Journal of Business Logistics form 1990 to 1996. He has authored or co-authored 20 books or monographs and numerous articles in professional journals. He has received 14 awards at Penn State for teaching excellence and advising. In addition, he received the Council of Logistics Management's Distinguished Service Award in 1991; the Philadelphia Traffic Club's Person of the Year Award in 2003; the Eccles Medal from the International Society of Logistics for his contributions to the Department of Defense and the Lion's Paw Medal from Penn State for Distinguished Service, both in 2004. Dr. Coyle currently serves on the Boards of three logistics and supply chain service companies, the Advisory Board of the NLDC and continues to be active in teaching in the Executive Education Programs at Penn State.  


Supply Chain Management
Change Management in Supply Chains
Logistics, Marketing and Manufacturing Interfaces
Distribution Channels and Reverse Logistics


DBA, Indiana University, Bloomington,

M.S., Penn State University,

B.S., Penn State University,