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Douglas J. Thomas

Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 239
20 Duffy Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Doug Thomas is a Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business. Prior to joining Darden Doug was a professor of Supply Chain Management in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State where he was the faculty director of the MBA program from 2011 to 2014.  He is a co-founder and Chief Scientist for Plan2Execute, a firm that provides supply chain software and consulting solutions in warehouse management, transportation management and advanced production and inventory planning.  Doug received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology in Industrial Engineering and has a B.S. in Operations Research from Cornell University.  Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked for C-Way Systems, a software company specializing in manufacturing scheduling.  In addition to his years on the faculty at Penn State, Doug has had the pleasure of serving as a visiting faculty member at INSEAD (in Fontainebleau, France), the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and The Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Doug currently teaches courses in the areas of Supply Chain Management and Quantitative Modeling in MBA, executive MBA and Ph.D. programs. A frequent faculty leader in executive development programs, Doug has led numerous executive education sessions in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, including programs at Penn State, INSEAD and Georgia Institute of Technology as well as custom programs for Accenture, DuPont, ExxonMobil, IBM, Ingersoll-Rand, Mars, Office Depot, Parker-Hannifin, Pfizer, Schlumberger and the U.S. Marine Corps.  He has testified as an expert witness and consulted for several large organizations on supply chain strategy including Accenture, CSL Behring, Dell, ExxonMobil and Lockheed Martin Aerospace Corporation.  He is a co-author of Inventory and Production Management in Supply Chains, CRC Press.

His research interests include coordinating production and inventory planning across the extended enterprise and connecting decision models to logistics performance measurement.  His work has appeared in several academic and practitioner journals in the areas of logistics and operations management, including Management Science,Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and Production and Operations Management.  He serves as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management.  He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences, and the Production and Operations Management Society.

GBUS 7311: Operations Management
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well. Prerequisite: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7312: Operations Management - Part II
Credits: 2
This course is designed to convey to students both the fundamentals of operations and the understanding that the link between operations and firm performance is a crucial source of competitive advantage. Managing the underlying processes by which firms create and deliver value is at the heart of the operations function in every line of business, and this course focuses on how to do this well. Prerequisite: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 8830: Supply Chain Management
Credits: 2
The increasing globalization of business and heightened outsourcing in many industries has led to increased interest in supply chain management issues by the senior management of most companies. This course is designed to provide an understanding of the functional and strategic role of supply chains in both manufacturing and service industries, with emphasis on global supply chains originating or ending in North America. The course is oriented towards prospective general managers who desire to become more familiar with supply chain design and coordination as well as some of the major issues and managerial concepts relating to supply-chain management that are important sources of competitive advantage. The course is taught using textbook and article readings, cases, lectures, and guest speakers.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.