University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

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Research and Publications: Supply Chain Management Research Center

Serving as a connector between industry, faculty, and students, the Supply Chain Management Research Center is a hub for exchanging ideas, advancing supply chain knowledge, and cultivating the success of Supply Chain Management students.

Research Topics

Healthcare Retail/E-Commerce Sustainability/Resiliency Talent/Trade/Compliance Transportation/Logistics

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White Paper: Inflation and Healthcare Supply Chains

Inflation poses a particular challenge in the healthcare industry. Supply chain costs for the industry have risen faster than revenues, resulting in a squeeze for industry. Furthermore, disruptions in healthcare supply chains have resulted in higher cost increases than reported. JB Hunt Department of Supply Chain Management faculty discuss strategies for healthcare providers in the latest SCMRC white paper.

November 14, 2022

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What Percentage of Truck Drivers Are Female?

The gender composition of the U.S. trucking work force has received a lot of attention recently. Trucking has historically been male-dominated, and with the widespread driver shortage, some have su…

March 17, 2021

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Has the ELD Mandate Affected Trucking Prices?

Researchers have long recognized that trucking spot market prices affect contract prices. The typical one-year contract between a shipper and carrier is based on spot prices. Though one-time spot m…

October 20, 2020

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Researchers Examine Disaster Relief Collaboration

After a natural disaster various types of organizations work together to help those affected. Local nongovernmental organizations work alongside national nongovernmental organizations and governmen…

August 5, 2020

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How Sustainability Affects Carrier Selection

As trucking carriers face public and governmental pressure to adopt sustainable practices, the decision to do so is made easier by a growing body of studies showing sustainability’s benefits

May 1, 2020

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Analyzing Trucking Firm Size

As a multibillion-dollar industry with a relatively low barrier of entry, the trucking industry consists of both giant firms and single-truck operations. A handful of large carriers each own thousa…

March 14, 2020

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Will Online Shoppers Pay for Upgraded Delivery?

Online shoppers value fast shipping, accurate tracking information, and undamaged deliveries. They perceive certain delivery carriers to be superior to others. If highly regarded carriers like FedEx…

March 2, 2020

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Miller Examines Trucking Safety Compliance

Numerous studies have shown that larger trucking carriers are more compliant with safety regulations than their smaller counterparts. However, there is no consensus on why that is the case. Some ha…

February 1, 2020

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Dobrzykowski and McFadden Examine Hospital Governance

American hospitals house a unique power dynamic. Nowhere else do you find such important figures who influence organizational performance, but may not necessarily be employees of the facilities in …

October 7, 2019

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Optimizing Delivery Management in Large Cities

As retailers compete to offer faster delivery, companies like FedEx and UPS strive to maximize driver efficiency. With drivers making more than 100 stops per day, delivery management is key to opti…

June 20, 2019

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Researchers Show How Regulatory Compliance Fluctuates

Decoupling involves formally announcing a company’s adoption of practices that comply with new governmental regulations, while continuing many daily routines which violate the regulations. It usual…

April 29, 2019

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How Investors React to Congressional Testimony

Congressional committees often invite companies to testify on the “possible impact proposed legislation may have on the environment, business, and society at large.” Such invitations are difficult …

April 22, 2019

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2019 China Insights Logistics Report

The primary purpose of the 2019 China Logistics Insights Reports is to provide research with findings formatted to allow a direct comparison of detailed logistics costs as a percentage of GDP for t…

February 2, 2019

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How Do Shippers Choose A Carrier?

While many have suggested that shippers should factor environmental and social sustainability into their trucking carrier selection process, little is known about how they actually make that decisi…

June 18, 2018

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Miller, Golicic, and Fugate Analyze Trucking Safety

Are trucking carriers who utilize more owner-operators more compliant with safety rules than those with more employee drivers? SCM researchers have debated that question since the 1980s. Some have …

June 1, 2018

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Forced Labor in Supply Chains

As U.S. lawmakers consider ways to enforce the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, John Kent and Cindy Moehring offer advice to consumers, businesses, and policymakers who are concerned about forced labor.

March 1, 2022

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Freight Resiliency: Supply Chain During COVID-19

Understanding the impact of COVID-19 and related policy and regulation is the focus of an ongoing research project in which SCMRC Research Associate, Dr. Andrew Balthrop, has partnered with civil engineering faculty to conduct this nationwide study.

June 30, 2020

COVID-19 & Supply Chain Management

COVID-19 & Supply Chain Management

David Dobrzykowski has a research focus on healthcare supply chain. He shares his thoughts on COVID-19, the implications of public policy on Supply Chain Management, as well as the role of consumer demand in the healthcare supply chain.

April 30, 2020 | By David Dobrzykowski

Creating Impact in the Discipline

Creating Impact in the Supply Chain Discipline

SCMRC faculty discuss the impact being made through the supply chain policy initiative – advancing the development of knowledge and content creation that explores public policy at the intersection of supply chain management, and leading the growing level of interest in this body of research.

April 2, 2020 | By Brent Williams

Business Horizons Special Issue

Business Horizons Special Issue

Researchers discuss the value of the upcoming special issue of the Business Horizons journal – with the theme “The Unintended Consequences of Policy Decisions.” The SCMRC hosted a workshop in Jan, 2020, partnering with leading scholars to advance publications for submissions to this special issue.

April 2, 2020 | By David Dobrzykowski

Running On Empty

Running On Empty: Challenges for Truck Drivers

Stephanie Thomas, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management, shares her research and insight regarding the working environment for truck drivers. Thomas talks to industry providers who discuss the challenges truck drivers face and how it impacts our country’s supply chain.

August 17, 2018 | By Stephanie Thomas